Cornell College Theatre Department presenting “Here and Now”

The Department of Theatre at Cornell College will put on the devised theatre piece “Here and Now” April 25 and 26 and May 2–4. This immersive experience invites 25 audience members per performance to physically explore a world created by the performers.

Set in the atmosphere of an upscale party, an ensemble of hosts will guide the audience as they explore the rooms, halls and doorways to discover performances that offer a variety of perspectives on the topic of identity and identity construction. Written by the ensemble, this production was inspired by conversations, poetry, technology, dance, film, news reports, blogs and music and offers a night of reflection that is filled with poignancy and humor.

Here and Now opens Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. at Brackett House, on the corner of Fifth Avenue SW and Second Street SW. The production runs April 25 and 26 and May 2 and 3 with back to back performances at 7 and 8:30 pm and May 4 at 2 and 3:30 pm. This is a free performance, but space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged.

Created through a technique called “Devising,” the production was generated by the ensemble throughout an extended rehearsal process. Also known as collaborative creation, original work or ensemble-driven, this type of theatre-making requires an ensemble to work collectively in the process of writing, performing and designing every aspect of the production. “Here and Now” was devised by an ensemble cast that includes Alexis Atkinson, Caryn Shebowich, Dorothy Jolly, Elena Lockleis, Elizabeth Nelson, Haley Karlson, Haley Severance, Katie Hogan, Luke Brooks, Mary Kate McAlpine, Per Wiger, Sara Cooper, Sarah Clark and Sarah Feldman. The creation of this performance was guided by Janeve West and Caryn Shebowich.

Due to strong language and content, this production is intended for mature audiences. Patrons with disability-related needs are encouraged to request accommodations with the Box Office at least 24 hours in advance. E-mail reservations to are strongly encouraged. For questions, call (319) 895-4293.