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Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

Real Enemies (a workshop premiere)

Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30 PM
At the Moss Arts Center, 190 Alumni Mall, Blacksburg, VA 24061
In the Street and Davis Performance Hall's Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre

$15 general admission, free for Virginia Tech students
$10 other students with ID and children 18 and under
"This is the age of conspiracy, the age of connections, secret links, secret relationships."  Don DeLillo, Running Dog

Based on in-depth research into the history, aesthetics, and psychology of conspiracy, Real Enemies is an evening-length, multi-media, jazz-fueled exploration of American paranoia. This marriage of music-theatre and hybrid nonfiction marks the first collaboration between composer Darcy James Argue, filmmaker Peter Nigrini, and writer Isaac Butler, who together chronicle a shadow history of post-war America that may—or may not—be true. Beginning with Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA data collection and moving through a dozen conspiracies, Real Enemies mimics and deconstructs how information overload, our need to make sense of the world, and government wrongdoing form the basis of our conspiracy culture. Conspiracy theories are our modern folklore, a way to explain uncomfortable and troubling aspects of our world. Equal parts rollicking concert, impressionist documentary, and lyric essay, Real Enemies is at the vanguard of both music-theatre and hybrid nonfiction, continuing the boundary-pushing work of composer Darcy James Argue.


Thursday, September 10, 2015, Following the performance
Q&A with the Real Enemies Artists
Moderated by Jason Crafton, assistant professor of trumpet and jazz studies, School of Performing Arts, Virginia Tech


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All performances take place in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, in the Street and Davis Performance Hall, unless otherwise noted.