Mac Rogers and Sean Williams of “Universal Robots”

Gideon Productions and The Sheen Center present Universal Robots, written by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana WilliamsGideon Productions has been on the podcast before with the excellent shows Ligature Marks and Asymmetric, and the company’s continually been on the rise since I’ve met them, garnering more well-deserved press and accolades.

Now, playwright Mac Rogers is being featured in The New York Times, and the company is collaborating with larger venues to bring past-produced epics like The Honeycomb Trilogy and the now-running Universal Robots back to New York audiences.

But these aren’t simple re-mounts—as producer Sean Williams notes in the interview, the world has changed since the first production of the show. By bringing back hits from their catalogue, not only is Gideon giving audiences what they’ve been asking for (in Mac’s words, “You have to have a good reason to think it’s a show anybody wants to come back…There are some plays people have never stopped talking to me about…”), the company can also bring them to more audiences, do them on the grand scale they deserve, and the plays can now talk to a different world.

Listen in as Mac and Sean discuss how Universal Robots isn’t an adaptation of R.U.R., the freedom of now vs. even just ten years ago, life imitating art imitating life, the end of a play’s natural life, and the next steps for the evolution of a highly-successful indy theatre company.

“One of the characters sort of sneers at the idea that theater’s supposed to be fun. [Another] says, ‘Of course theatre’s supposed to be fun! Why have rigging above the stage if you’re not going to dangle a god?’

Gideon Productions and The Sheen Center present

Universal Robots

written by Mac Rogers
directed by Jordana Williams

through June 26, 2016
Wednesdays–Saturdays @8PM
Sundays @2PM
(no show Wed 6/8)

The Black Box Theater at The Sheen Center
18 Bleecker Street
Manhattan

tickets: $25 ($18 students), available via OvationTix

Gideon Productions and The Sheen Center present Universal Robots, written by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams, photo by Deborah AlexanderGideon Productions and The Sheen Center present Universal Robots, written by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams, photo by Deborah Alexander Gideon Productions and The Sheen Center present Universal Robots, written by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams, photo by Deborah Alexander Gideon Productions and The Sheen Center present Universal Robots, written by Mac Rogers, directed by Jordana Williams, photo by Deborah Alexanderphotos by Deborah Alexander

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