Back to Back Theatre Coming to Bay Area

February 5–8, 2020 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Bing Studio, Stanford


Young man in dirty wife-beater sits on a couch by numerous stuffed animals.

Back in 2013 I was lucky enough to attend the Bodies of Work Festival in Chicago. It was jam packed with every kind of disability art—poetry, dance, paintings, theater. I wasn’t able to make it to every event. I was most disappointed to miss the performance of Ganesh vs the Third Reich by Australia’s Back to Back Theatre. I did get to see video clips. It was impressive and unlike any theater I’ve seen in the US. It was dark, humorous, but most of all the disabled actors had meaningful roles. There wasn’t a hint of inspiration porn or condescension. Those of us in the Bay Area have the chance to see them with a new play this February. I can hardly wait.

The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes

Five activists with intellectual disabilities hold a public meeting to start a frank and open conversation about a history we would prefer not to know, and a future that is ambivalent. With the rapid development of AI and continuing advances in automation, where does human intelligence fit in? Shadow’s cast consists of five activists with intellectual disabilities, hidden histories, and ambivalent futures. As in all communities, nobody is self-sufficient and everyone is responsible.

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