R.U.R. - Firebird Youth Theater
R.U.R. by Karel Chapek
Directed by Leo Lion
R.U.R. is the play that first coined the word robot. Written in 1921 and set sometime after the year 2000, it depicts a secluded island factory that produces the most valued product around the world: artificial people. The human inhabitants of the island, employees of Rossums Universal Robots, are there to keep the factory running and maintain the secret of the robots creation. But something is beginning to change about the robots something the humans arent quite able to control...
Now, not long after the real year 2000, R.U.R. serves as an eerie reflection of the fascination mankind has with replicating itself. Why, so long after the term was coined, do we continue to love robots, to fear robots, to be perplexed by robots? What is it about building something almost human that so appeals to us? Why does the fantasy persist of handing our work off to virtual, digital assistants - to Siri, to Cortana, to Alexa? And what happens when two such machines can speak with each other - when they begin to realize that they dont need us anymore?
The Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, Studio A (View)
104 West 14th Street
New York, NY 10011
|Minimum Age: 7|
|Kid Friendly: Yes!|
|Dog Friendly: No|