riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions November 6-7, 2021
The Forgotten
Taiwan National Theatre: Taipei, Taiwan
November 6-7, 2021

In 1984, 268 coal miners died in three separate accidents in northern Taiwan. The names of the men who died have long been forgotten, just as the details of their excruciating deaths and grueling working conditions have also faded from memory. These tragedies were not unexpected aberrations; they were understood dangers associated with work that has claimed hundreds of thousands of miners over the past century and continue to claim thousands of lives around the world each year. Focusing on mining disasters in Taiwan and the United States, The Forgotten is a requiem for this class of invisible laborers, a bringing to light of the stories of these fallen men, women, and children. This performance is not a historical play or a romanticized drama about the hardships of mining; it is a call to arms in the face of global warming, an indictment of the excesses of the privileged class, a remembering of the forgotten.
riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions December 2021
Perseverance (HD FIlm, 9'00")
Sydney Opera House (Returning: Chapter 2 Online Exhibition)
December 2021

NASA announced the name of the rover for its new mission to Mars on March 5, 2020—Perseverance. The name was submitted by Alexander Mather, a young secondary student in Virginia, who emphasized the mankind’s ability to face and overcome overwhelming challenges. Little did NASA or Mather know how prescient this name would be as Covid-19 spread around the world, challenging nations and communities to unite in fighting the deadly pandemic. Almost 3.5 million deaths later, people around the world have bent but not broken, and finally, despite the tragic losses, mankind is beginning to step forward and move beyond this global tragedy. We have, in fact, persevered. This nine-minute digital film takes the audience on a surreal journey into a liminal world between dream and reality, fact and fiction. Perseverance is a meditation on death and rebirth, a ritual for those who dream with their eyes open.
riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions Spring 2022 Release
all that remains
Spring 2022 Release

A favorite elementary school teacher. A childhood friend. A first kiss. Of all our experiences, which stay with us? Which remain? As artists, we are drawn by this question of how to create encounters that elevate above the everyday, that can enter our audience and become part of their life stories. “I remember that time when…” During these days of lockdowns, quarantines, and physical distancing, how then do we create moments that do not dwell on those things that we have lost but instead emphasize the poetic possibilities of the present? To be thousands of miles apart, but to still be with you. all that remains is a surreal, cinematic meditation on intimacy; it is an invitation to journey into the unknown. This project is sponsored by a grant from the Taiwan Creative Content Agency.
riverbed theatre Upcoming Productions Summer 2022 Release
Over the Rainbow
Summer 2022 Release

It is human nature to long for something more or different than what one has. At times, this aspirational dreaming can lead to advancements: someone finds a better career, leaves an abusive relationship, or, as is the case for Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, returns home. But more often than not, this attitude leads to a sense of discontent with one’s own lot, an unquenchable desire for something new. "Over the Rainbow" explores this precarious balance between desire and satisfaction, encouraging an honest reflection on our own personal sense of identity and values. What are we searching for? Where do we call home? Are we happy? This VR experience takes the audience on a surreal journey from a theatre audition to a dark, David Lynch-inspired dreamscape to a Broadway-style musical. But "Over the Rainbow" offers more than a physical voyage; it is a trip within, an entering into of our aspirations, insecurities, and joys.