New Paradise Laboratories

Updated
1 Dec 2016

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Hello Blackout, New Paradise Laboratories. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

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Hello Blackout, New Paradise Laboratories. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

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Production still from The Adults, 2014. Photo Kate Raines / Plate 3 Photography.

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Hello Blackout, New Paradise Laboratories. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

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Flower Face from COLD EMPTY TERRIBLE, 2014. Photo by Mike Hipple.

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Hello Blackout, New Paradise Laboratories. Photo by Plate 3 Photography.

New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) is an experimental performance ensemble that explores radical means to bend conventional ideas of theater, while valuing wild humor, a muscular visual sensibility, and a fascination with the utopian impulse. Led by Pew Fellow and Obie Award-winner Whit MacLaughlin, NPL uses a variety of creative strategies including company-devised techniques, cross-media design elements, and site-specific installations. Center-supported work has included Fatebook, featuring an audience experience that began online before becoming live, and Extremely Public Displays of Privacy, an ambitious three-part, multimedia work. In 2015, NPL received a Center Discovery grant to expand its devised theater techniques and lay the groundwork for a series of new pieces, through investigations of improvisational structures, games of chance, and audience interactivity. This research has informed the Center-supported presentation of Hello Blackout!, a new theater work integrating contingency into NPL's physical theater style, with live music by composer and Pew Fellow Bhob Rainey.