This is Not a Theater
Navin Rawanchaikul (Navin Production)
"By involving the participation of real or imagined communities, Rawanchaikul's practice transcends site-specificity to negotiate between local communities and globalization."
Plays & Players
1714 Delancey Place (map)
$29 / Members save 30%
Student and 25-and-under tickets $20
From conversations with Plays & Players actors, directors, and stagehands from the last forty years, Indian-Thai artist Navin Rawanchaikul reproduces that history, and his own experiences researching it, on gigantic illustrative banners, a comic book, and video portraits. Rawanchaikul's participatory and community-based illustrative aesthetic breaks down the barriers between artist and audience with lively humor and the stunning breath of his company's colorful and detailed work.
Audiences can read the comic book based on interviews, listen to a live four-piece band playing music from past productions, view a theatrical installation transpiring in the theater, and listen audio recordings of stories told by past performers at Plays & Players. Serving as a reflection on the community and theatrical productions, This is Not a Theater comprises the history and personality that has inhabited this site from its beginnings to the present.
About Navin Rawanchaikul
Navin Rawanchaikul is a dynamic Indian-Thai artist whose eccentric, tongue-in-cheek personality has been highly influential in artistic efforts that encompass a spectrum of media including performances, billboards, films, comics, games, merchandises, and even his own pseudo political party, the Navin Party, that aims to bring together fellow Navins of the world. His works are dependently collaborative, involving direct public interventions and interactive social commentary.
Rawanchaikul's work is internationally acclaimed, having shown his colorfully inquisitive projects in New York's P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, and an impressive expanse of art exhibitions and festivals. In 2010, Rawanchaikul was awarded the national Silapathorn citation from the Thai Ministry of Culture in the field of Visual Arts. He currently divides his time between his family in Fukuoka, Japan, and his production company Navin Production Co., Ltd., based in Chiang Mai, Thailand.