Denton County Outlaws(mens roller derby)
"Art should disturb the comfortable and comfort the disturbed"
This past weekend I was a part of the most electrifying and brutal theater performances of my theater going life. It was all thanks to a group called Dead White Zombies. The performance I lived was an immersion piece staged in an abandoned crackhouse in Dallas. And it defies all the words I have spent three days desperately searching for to describe it .
The piece was called T.NB. and it is as harrowing as it is thought provoking. There are poignant, disturbing, supernatural elements and shocking acts of inconceivable cruelty. Dear future audience member you do not watch this show...you are a part of it. The house is circuitous so you follow the actors thru the house thru their scenes as if it is your house too. And they WILL get in your face which is probably why their is a sign outside of the house that reads "you look worried."
NOTE: You don't have to follow them if you don't want to.... audience members have the option to watch the action on the surveillance cameras which are in virtually every room. But keep in mind you are still "in it" no matter where you try to hide.
When they say immersion, they mean it. You can help yourself to a beer in the fridge and even enjoy some of "mamas" cooking before the show begins. At one point I sat down in the kitchen not knowing it was mamas chair but she let me know right quick. In fact it happened right after I took this photo.
The play is so hyper-real and in your face that at one point when she was setting the table for supper I had to fight my inner dutiful daughter urge to ask her if she needed some help. Then I saw the bullets and I heard myself whisper "whoa."
TRIGGER WARNING: There is a scene with a sexual assault in this piece and it is horrifying. I was in the living room where it happened and when he was done he turned around and looked right at....THRU me...his challenging eyes daring and accusing. I was speechless and sick. I read in one review that, at a previous show, a woman ran to the kitchen during this scene and held her head over the sink.
This show is staggering and visceral and fearless. No one leaves unscathed. I saw people stumble out of the house clearly in shock from what they just lived through in fact that was when the name of the theater troop resonated most...Dead White Zombies. Were we? There were still other audience members who danced out of the house shouting and hollering. Thrilled and elated.
I did neither opting to stand in the back yard by the electric chair petting the bedraggled cat sitting in it & waiting for "mama." When she finally did I asked her for a hug because I really REALLY needed one and she was grand and perfect and so full of the comfort I needed in that moment.
Driving home was rough because it was hard to focus for the bees in my veins buzzing with wonder. WTF was that? The next day I woke up in agony. My body ached from being so tense during the show. It was a f*cking incredible experience and I feel so lucky to have been able to experience it.
If you want to see it you are lucky too because they have added three more shows due to the demand to see it. They only sell 20 tickets per show so get your tickets asap...details here