Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson at Wexner Center for the Arts

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Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson. Photo by Jeremy Abrahams, courtesy of The Guardian.

Do you have what you need? Do you need what you have? Imagine every “thing” that ever passed through your hands—a massive, meaningful, meaningless pile of junk that describes in debris your tiny human history.

With boxes stacked to the ceiling, physical theater artist and Pew Fellow Geoff Sobelle will transform the Wexner Center for the Arts into an epic storage facility of gargantuan proportion. The audience, free to roam and poke through the jumble, becomes immersed in this performance-installation that unpacks our relationship to everyday objects: breaking, buying, finding, fixing, trading, selling, stealing, storing, and becoming buried under a world of things. The Object Lesson is a meditation on the stuff we cling to and leave behind.

The Object Lesson first premiered at Philadelphia’s 2013 FringeArts Festival, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage. Sobelle brought the production to Edinburgh in summer 2014, where it received extensive praise, and was named a “Fringe First” by The Scotsman. The play was also the winner of the 2014 Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award. Click here for more press coverage.


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