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Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, ‘Same River’


September 4, 2013

HIGHLAND LAKE, NY — Strike Anywhere returns to the NACL Theatre to present “Same River” on Sunday, September 8 at 4 p.m. Using first person accounts as source material, “Same River” is a multi-media improvisation on fracking and its impact on communities.

The company began work on the piece in 2010 during a residency at NACL, where they interviewed Sullivan and Wayne county residents about the fracking and leasing debate. Over the last three years, the company has been touring to places affected by shale-gas drilling, performing continued community research at each site. The title of the show echoes a quote attributed to the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus, “You can’t step into the same river twice.” Because the show is improvised, each performance is unique.

A town-hall style discussion will follow the performance, and a pre-show art installation will feature artwork made by community members and students. The show is supported in part by Network of Ensemble Theatres NET/TEN, Catskill Mountainkeeper, and Catskill Citizens for Safe Energy.

The Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble was founded in 1997 in NYC by Artistic/Producing Director Leese Walker. Its mission is to promote empathy, free-thinking and greater social awareness through provocative theatre and educational outreach. Its work is guided by the words of Bertolt Brecht, “Art is not a mirror held up to reality, but a hammer with which to shape it.”

Tickets cost $22.50 and $12 for students. Visit www.nacl.org or call 845/557-0694.