The Missoula Oblongata comes to Firestorm Cafe

The name alone is fun to say: The Missoula Oblongata. The name belongs to an experimental theatre company from Baltimore whose core members include Madeline ffitch, Sarah Lowry and Donna Sellinger. Says the troupe: “Our lights, sound, and sets are all homemade, transportable, and operated by the performers themselves. This allows us to perform in venues which are accessible—financially and geographically—to a larger population than the regional theatre system serves. We meet unlikely audiences in their neighborhoods, their parks, their favorite music venues, and their homes—and transform these spaces into temporary, anarchistic theaters.”

The Missoula Oblongata brings its new production, The Daughter of the Father of Time Motion Study to Firestorm Cafe (48 Commerce St., Asheville 255-8115) on Tuesday, June 8. Members of Asheville’s Runaway Circus open. 8 p.m.

Of the show, Firestorm writes, “This experimental theater tour is asking the big questions: Can inefficiency be cured? If a robot is smarmy, is it only a reflection of your own smarminess? What exactly does it take to get oneself on a postage stamp? Come out to the performance and be wowed.”

The theatre troupe explains that The Daughter of the Father of Time Motion Study is the company’s sixth touring production. “This one half the size of their usual main-stage fare, but with all of the moving parts, twisty dialog, and duct-taped together lighting that the company has become known for. And all of it is created, performed, and operated from the stage (that is, a 6’ x 6’ x ‘6 box) by the three full-time members of the company: Madeline ffitch, Sarah Lowry, and Donna Sellinger.”

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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