the wulf.

09.27.2013 8:00 p.m.

Padua Playwrights presents HIVE

In the Fall of 2012 three Los Angeles-based playwrights - Gray Palmer, Guy Zimmerman and Rachel Jendrzejewski - began working on short plays exploring post-natural couplings between humans and bees. Bergson described human intelligence as like a a spotlight accompanied by a fringe of instinct. In going from the human to the animal, according to this model, we leave the light, pass through the penumbra, and then find ourselves in a dark - a dark what? These three plays ask what if animals could travel in the opposite direction, after watching us for a long time, from the dark to the light, with sudden access to human language. Drawing on animal studies texts from Von Uexküll to Heidegger to Deleuze and Guattari, as well as Gramsci, Isabelle Stengers and Vijay Prashad, the collaborators created three short plays that engage with philosophical and political issues linked to the long and rich history of human-bee interactions. As an art-form involving high-level social collaboration, theater provides a medium in which to probe the human-bee interspecies boundary. In collaboration with cellist and composer April Guthrie and a gifted ensemble of performers, these three playful and darkly comedic plays make the theater space, at least temporarily, into a hive.