In association with High Concept Lab’s Spring Artist Sponsorships
The Runaways Lab present two workshop performances of Joyelle McSweeney’s “Dead Youth”, or, “The Leaks.” The play is set aboard a hijacked containership upon which Julian Assange leads a chorus of Dead Youth—youngsters killed in violent circumstances such as war, factories, or senior prom—to Magnetic Island to upload them to the Internet before they decay. Premiering “Dead Youth”, or, “The Leaks” marks the Runaways first collaboration with acclaimed polymath-writer McSweeney, whose best works, “like a great horror film, calls [our fears] up from the depths to the shuddering twilit surface”, according to the La Review of Books.
Since the Runaways first live reading of “Dead Youth” in early 2015, the currents of world affairs have intensified. From the election of Donald Trump and the proliferation of fake news and Wikileaks to the (re)emergence of white nationalism. Our contemporary moment makes a play that brings to light the veiled violence that makes capitalism possible all the more urgent. McSweeney writes like it’s the end of the world and in face of the void, art-making gains urgency. It asks difficult questions and erects circuitries among disparate disciplines.
SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION
DRAMATURGY & SET DESIGN