“How to Survive the Apocalypse” – Premiered in workshop form Jan. 16, 2009 at Stage Werx to an enthusiastic, sold-out audience, and to great reviews. We then finished the show, and performed nine sold-out performances at Teatro ZinZanni in San Francisco in October, 2009 — again to great community acclaim.
“How to Survive the Apocalypse” is a Burning Man-inspired theatrical freak-out that combines rock opera, vaudeville, and a Dionysian revival show that is just as inspired and terrified by current events as you are. Part mutant mystery play, part crash-course in proactive future culture, we welcome you to an ambitious and ferociously inventive radically-altered evening of musical theater, scored by Mark Nichols with libretto by counterculture writer Erik Davis.
Driven by the desire to bring the Burn off the playa, but without the crusty snot, “How to Survive the Apocalypse” aims to communicate the culture of Burning Man to wider audiences. On a larger level, the show aims to explore the inherent conflicts and painful paradoxes of the event itself, from its tangled origins to its ongoing mutation. On an even larger level, however, the evening is completely aimless, or at least shoots from the hip in your general direction with a furry thong over its eyes.
After getting kicked off a beach for trying to burn an effigy, a small crew of freaks build a visionary city in the desert. Three newbies arrive, each with their own baggage of fears and expectations, and make their way through the erotic, psychological, and apocalyptic minefield of the temporary festival. Then you go home a little different.