Police in the Wilderness
Saints of an Unnamed Country
at Patch Works
January 22-25 @ 8pm
January 25 @ 3pm
In the near future, honoring or burying the dead is illegal. Enforcers of this law are known as the priests of the Order.
Produced by Saints of an Unnamed Country
Written and Directed by Cameron Stuart
Assistant Director/Stage Management/House Management by Alex Aguirre
and Stephanie Beattie
Set by Jen Plaskowitz
Projections by Stephanie Beattie
Animal Mask by Ilse Lansdale
Sword and Cup by Shitty Bedford
Biodegradable glitter provided by BioGlitz/Rebecca Richards
All other design by cast
Police in the Wilderness is a poetic narrative set in a future where burying or honoring the dead is illegal. Enforcers of these laws are agents of The Order, a cult that opposes symbols, language, and thinking. When an unmarked grave is discovered in the wilderness, a confrontation occurs between the local police and an old hermit. After a priest of The Order gets involved, a profane ritual unfolds with unforeseen consequences.
For the regular price of one ticket to the performance, audience members will receive a book with a copy of the play, a short essay, and a second version of the story. This new telling is in the form of an upcoming radio play: Police in the Wilderness 2, and includes all-new language throughout. Both stories form an extended meditation on the eschatological drive of human culture; linguistic and biological encounters with overlapping ecologies of wilderness; and the role of poetry in the convergence of these two paradigms.
This book will be provided by A Freedom Press
Photo Credit: Walter Wlodarczyk