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posted Friday, March 8, 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 10

Wild thing - Satori's first show in their new space is hard to quantify
by Miryam Gordon - SGN A&E Writer

reWilding
SATORI GROUP
Through March 17


Satori Group, a collaborative ensemble of theater artists who bonded in school and have continued a commitment to ensemble-generated work, premiered their newest production in their new space at INScape (815 Seattle Blvd. S.). The SoDo building, which formerly served as the local INS headquarters, now houses all sorts of artists and artisans - many of whom were displaced from a threatened building on Western Avenue.

You never quite know what to expect from this theater company. Some of their work resembles traditional theater offerings in the fact that both events take place live and have theatrical lighting, spoken words, a beginning-middle-end, costuming, sound, and an intention. Some of their work has been scripted before they work on it, and some is generated entirely by their own collaborative process.

Satori's latest, reWilding, seems to be both: a prior-scripted work that the ensemble has collaboratively changed with the playwright's consent. The description included in the company's press release is sparse: 'There is a place between civilization and wilderness, where people have set down roots, and use of the past tense has been outlawed. It is a society of the foreign and forgotten, the lost and the seeking, where guitars play stories people don't speak about. Tonight, someone new arrives.'

ARE YOU THAT SOMEONE?
As soon as you arrive, you are ushered through a doorway into a completely revised room with special earthen floor and curtains - more like colorful sheets - encasing the walls. What occurs there is described adequately by the press release, and interpreting that is best left to those who experience it.

It's completely impossible to know what playwright Martyna Majok scripted beforehand and what has come out of an improvisational development process. However, the ultimate feeling is more improvisational and less scripted - and therefore also less finished.

The company boasts some accomplished actors, including some seen in other productions around town in the year and half or so that they have been unhomed (Quinn Franzen, Adam Standley, Alex Matthews). Joining in are some new actors who may be company members (LoraBeth Barr, Liza Curtiss) and others seen on a number of Seattle stages (Karen Jo Fairbrook, Kate Sumpter).

FILL IN THE BLANKS
There is a loose story binding the characters together in this commune-like off-road community, but it is mostly arrived at through hints and partial sentences. Even when a piece of backstory is clearly stated, the reason for it - or the 'rest of the story,' as Paul Harvey used to say - is murky or sometimes just left out entirely. There is a hint, provided by a somewhat sinister character played by Matthews, that the community can't really be entirely off the grid, and still needs money or tangible goods worth exchange with the outside world.

So, that might be part of the theme of the play. Or it might not. Ultimately, there are some interesting moments, some intriguing starts of character development, and lots of red herrings and aimless interactions. Director Caitlin Sullivan has not helped guide the audience to a sense of what the production means. That may be intentional. That's hard to tell, too.

Certainly, it's something different. Whether it's your cup of tea 'different' is up to you. For more information, go to www.satori-group.com or www.brownpapertickets.com/event/324104, or call 1-800-838-3006.

Discuss your opinions with sgncritic@gmail.com or go to www.facebook.com/SeattleTheaterWriters.



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