Andrew Schneider Brings world premiere of AFTER to EMPAC

Troy, NY — Performance maker Andrew Schneider returns to the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the world premiere of AFTER on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1AFTER is the follow-up to Schneider’s 2015 Obie Award-winning performance YOUARENOWHERE, which ran at EMPAC earlier this month. Inspired in part by quantum physics, AFTER picks up where the last show left off, combining theatrical and technological methods to further explore the universe established in the first show. Each performance begins at 7:30PM.

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AFTER is an emotional story about time, bodies, death, and physics. The show presents an immersive theatrical environment that challenges the audience to question reality and consider where they are and how they got there. Working over the past year in residence at EMPAC, Schneider and his team developed the show’s content in tandem with experiments in new theatrical technology. In an effort to create intimacy and take the audience to the edge of the human condition, AFTER incorporates projection mapping, lighting effects, and sound spatialization technology.

This will be the first time that EMPAC’s Wave Field Synthesis speaker array has been applied in the theatrical context, allowing sound designer Bobby McElver to precisely place and move sounds throughout the performance space.

AFTER is co-commissioned by EMPAC and PS122.

EMPAC will be offering a special dinner package for the show. For $25, audience members will receive an entrée, dessert, and beverage along with their ticket to the show. Please reserve in advance by calling 518-276-3921.

For more information, please visit empac.rpi.edu. For press inquiries, please contact Josh Potter at pottej2@rpi.edu.

The Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is where the arts, sciences, and technology interact with and influence each other by using the same facilities and technologies, and by breathing the same air. EMPAC hosts artists and researchers to produce and present new work in a building designed with sophisticated architectural and technical infrastructure. Four exceptional venues and studios enable audiences, artists, and researchers to inquire, experiment, develop, and experience the ever-changing relationship between ourselves, technology, and the worlds we create around us. EMPAC is an icon of the New Polytechnic, a new paradigm for cross-disciplinary research and learning at Rensselaer, the nation’s oldest technological research university.

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