Cancelled: New World Rising!
Thursday, September 10
The year is 2021, and as you know, it is the final decade for humans to redress our impact on the planet. Since you attended an eye-opening environmental lecture several years ago, you have joined the fight against the many-headed hydra of climate change with increasing fervor. But no matter how many marches, letters to politicians, protests, donations, and local and global campaigns you organize, it seems the forces against you only grow stronger: corporations with their bottomless greed; politicians with half-hearted and weak solutions; and all around you, it seems most people would let the earth burn.
You’re tired and frustrated, and the world is on the brink. You decide the time for nonviolence is over.
New World Rising! made headlines in late 2020 when a spate of explosions targeting heavy-polluting corporations and corrupt politicians ripped across the country. Inspired by aggressive forebearers Earth First! and Earth Liberation Front, NWR used anonymous publications, coded briefings, and pirate radio to activate self-organizing collectives willing to “inflict economic damage on those profiteering from destruction of the Earth.” Between October 2020 and the summer of 2021, a staggering 117 bombings, break-ins and other various forms of eco-sabotage rendered a national bill of $73 million.
You have tracked down passionate members of the growing but secretive Philadelphia cell, and you are joining them to take down a local target. But however strong your ideals, the risks are great, and your own future hangs in the balance.
Part thriller, part audio play, part walking tour, this ambulatory adventure will use audio and written instructions to help you navigate one of two solo tracks, making your way through downtown Philadelphia. A smartphone is required to access content.
Please note: This play is in the process of being devised and playtested for smooth and safe enjoyment. We appreciate your help and feedback as we work toward a full scale production down the road. At this point in time, the show cannot be performed in precipitation, so performances are subject to cancellation due to weather.
Two tickets for each performance can be reserved: a track A and a track B. Participants will not have the same experience in each track. Participants will receive instructions via email and will begin their ambulatory performance at a location provided them in advance, where audio clips and puzzles sent to them in real time and discovered in the natural environment will lead them on an hour and a half-long journey across a section of Philadelphia. Performances do not overlap, and participants will be able to contact a stage manager at any time throughout the performance. A smartphone is required to access this play, and headphones are suggested.
This show contains audience interaction. The choices and actions of audience determine outcome of performance.
Recommended for ages 18+.
This show has been cancelled.
Free, RSVP required
About the Artists
Linnea Bond is a Philly-based artist who makes solo and collaborative work about the immense beauty and existential fears of our contemporary moment. As a non-violent activist, she uses art, civil disobedience, and advocacy to support established leaders and movements. She would love to talk more about movements and people to join and follow.