MALLORY CATLETT

DIRECTOR/dramaturg

City Council Meeting

text from transcripts with original writing by Aaron Landsman

We call it performed participatory democracy. Inspired by photographer Paul Shambroom, and by a truly Shakespearean city council meeting Aaron attended in Oregon, this piece is about the poetry in bureaucracy, the architecture of power and the comedy of procedure. Audience members and performers will be Mayors, schoolkids and priests, testify on issues of their concern, and be webcast live every night. City Council Meeting harnesses the imperfection of democracy and the imperfection of theater.


In order to rehearse we actually have to hold meetings. Here is an early rehearsal: