Welcome to the Shiva House
Benjamin Behrend and Logan Gabriel Schulman
September 10-September 27
Welcome to the Shiva House is an interactive virtual performance. Join together as a community through tears, laughter, and good memories, as we explore what it means to grieve collectively.
Shiva (/shiv-UH/) is the seven-day Jewish mourning period following the burial of a loved one; this traditionally involves joining the bereaved in their home for recollection and comfort. This hybrid experience utilizes digital performance, a guided walking meditation, and a companion booklet to help you follow along. Welcome, as we memorialize and celebrate the larger-than-life Sam Bloom, on this, the seventh and final day of Shiva.
Audiences will receive an email with more detailed instructions a few days prior to their show date. Audiences will need an internet-enabled device (smartphone, tablet, or computer) with a webcam that supports Zoom. The artists strongly suggest audiences also have a candle, along with matches or a lighter on hand.
Optionally, the artists request that attendees email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with your preferred mailing address so they may send you the physical interactive materials for the performance (while supplies last). Artists must receive your physical mailing address no later than a week before your chosen show date; otherwise, they will send all participants digital versions of the necessary interactive materials on the day of the show.
Please have a web-enabled smartphone available, along with a pair of headphones, for the brief walking portion at the close of the performance. If audiences are unable to take part in the walking portion of the performance, the artists recommend a good seat next to an outward-facing window.
Note: this show contains audience participation. The show also contains brief graphic language and talk of illness and death.
Recommended for ages 13+.
Thursday, Sept 10 at 7pm (Ben performs)
Friday, Sept 11 at 11am (Logan performs) & 7pm (Ben performs)
Saturday, Sept 12 at 7pm (Logan performs)
Sunday, Sept 13 at 3pm (Ben performs)
Sunday, Sept 20 at 3pm (Logan performs)
Friday, Sept 25 at 7pm (Ben performs)
Saturday, Sept 26 at 7pm (Logan performs)
Sunday, Sept 27 at 3pm (Ben performs)
About the Artists
Schulman and Behrend have been collaborating on bold new theater works since 2017, responding to and reflecting on questions of faith, loss, and the pep-zing-zap of life in between.
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