Whisper Theatre Collective
September 24-September 26
2021 Fringe Festival
The MAAS Building StudioMap
Whisper Theatre Collective invites you into Shoop, a luxury shipping and packing facility. Clients coming to Shoop spend top dollars to receive the BEST treatment for themselves and their packages, complete with healing energy rituals. According to CEO and lifestyle guru, Gabriel, Shoop is not only a business of luxury – it is the business of one’s spirit. When a computer malfunction causes the company to spiral into chaos, the employees must uphold the spirit of Shoop, even as company and client secrets threaten to be revealed. The ensemble members use physical comedy, partner acrobatics, and each actor playing multiple characters to perform this fast-paced, hilarious production.
Whisper is an ensemble-devised theatre company from Chicago that combines Lecoq-based physical theatre, dance, and circus “to tell stories that whisper to us through the cracks in the sidewalk. We love the darker truths that go unspoken – mysterious phenomenon, characters that lurk in the darkness, the other side of daily life.” All shows are created by the ensemble, and they frequently collaborate with international artists.
Saturday, Sep 25, 2021 – 4:00pm
Sunday, Sep 26, 2021 – 3:00pm
Health & Safety
Proof of vaccination is required to attend this and all Cannonball Festival events. For the safety of audiences, artists, staff, and our greater community, you must be fully vaccinated to attend this event. Fully vaccinated means two weeks after your second dose. You will be asked to show proof of vaccination before entering the venue. Accepted forms for proof of vaccination include: a physical vaccine card with your name on it or a digital photo of your vaccine card on a cell phone. Please plan accordingly.
Masks must also be worn for the duration of the performance.
Creators & Performers: Brittany Price Anderson, Ben Heustess, Fate Richey, Richie Schiraldi, and Gabrielle Wilson.
This show is presented as part of Cannonball Festival, an independant satellite festival produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre and the Maas Building featuring over 150 events including performances of 27 original shows, nightly cabarets, and more. Learn more at cannonballfestival.org.
Appropriate for Ages 13+
About the Artists
We are an ensemble-devised theatre company created in May 2018 and based in Chicago, IL. We began training, creating, and performing together two years ago as we were pursuing a LeCoq-based MFA in European Devised Performance Practice through Columbia College Chicago, in conjunction with Arthaus Berlin (formerly known as LISPA).
Our first year was spent in Germany at Arthaus Berlin training with 33 people from 15 different countries, and our second year was spent back in Chicago. Here, we each created a show as performative research for our thesis projects, and we formed a collective to give these shows a professional life, as well as to continue training and creating new theatre together.
Our mission is to produce original works that invoke introspection, challenge theatrical conventions, and encourage connection between the artists and the audience. We seek to engage the audience with innovative, interdisciplinary techniques engrained in physically devised storytelling.