What kind of person tries to sell their vote? That’s the question that leads Robbi down the rabbit hole when Brexit doesn’t turn out at all as she expected. Why do some people vote and others don’t? How can a referendum be such a surprise? How do you continue to get along with your neighbors when half of them must be wrong?
The Majority by Rob Drummond is a smart and funny reflection on the imperatives and imperfections of democracy. The principles sound great, but they’re so messy in practice! What does it mean to be an informed and involved electorate? Why is the process so divisive? Which side is right? This one-person show doesn’t choose sides. In fact, audience members don’t just make up their own minds, they directly impact the story by practicing their civic duty – they vote!
Using a voting app developed by Theatre B ensemble member David Huebner, audiences watching at home or in the theatre will be able to vote in real time on the questions posed by Robbi, portrayed by Clare Lynch. “It’s partially choose-your-own-adventure, partially learning about yourself and the audience as a collective by voting on moral propositions,” says Lynch, who has to go with whatever the audience decides. Every performance will be completely unique!
The Majority is also like late night T.V. Theatre B’s production is presented as if taped before a live studio audience. In order to accommodate a small, safely distanced live audience and still make the overall production feasible, Director Tucker Lucas is using his video production expertise to shape the show for both in-person and at-home viewing. “Besides having the opportunity to work with my fellow ensemble members again, I’m most excited about melding the two disciplines I love the most: film and theatre production! We’re making something new here!”
Theatre B had to retool its season and its technology to produce shows during the pandemic. “I wasn’t sure we would be able to produce at all,” says Theatre B Executive Director Carrie Wintersteen. “But we did an audience survey and the responses were really encouraging. So many people said they missed Theatre B’s thought-provoking entertainment, especially during a political season where people feel isolated.”
The Majority turned out to be the perfect script to explore right now. “It’s about how hard it is to live in a society where deep questions of morality are decided by majority rule, and how best we can disagree with each other when so much is at stake,” says Lynch.
The Majority will open with a preview on Thursday, October 29th and run for three weekends. Friday, October 30, Saturday, October 31, and Sunday, November 1 will be Pay What You Will ticket pricing. In- person attendance will be very limited and masks are required. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and all dates have an at-home viewing option. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinées are at 2:00 p.m. Complete details are available at theatreb.org and the box office will open for sales on October 19.
The Majority by Rob Drummond
• Thursday, October 29 at 7:30 pm – Preview
• Friday, Saturday, October 30-31 at 7:30 pm (Pay What You Will)
• Sunday, November 1 at 2:00 pm (Pay What You Will)
• Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 5-6-7 at 7:30 pm
• Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm
• Thursday, Friday, Saturday, November 12-13-14 at 7:30 pm
“Sunday Salon” Post-Show Social and Discussion – Sunday, November 8 at 4:00 pm online. More information will be available after October 19 at theatreb.org
For tickets and information, please visit www.theatreb.org
About Theatre B:
The mission of Theatre B is to invigorate civic conversation through intimate and transformative story- telling. Since 2003, the Ensemble and guest artists of Theatre B have brought to life a wide variety of the latest award-winning plays and bold new works. By removing barriers between actor and audience, and intensifying the experience of intimacy, Theatre B productions inspire a sense of community, engage conversation, and prompt viewers to contemplate the stories long after they have left the theatre. For more information about Theatre B, visit www.theatreb.org.