The A.R.T. Institute presents: THEY SHOOT HORSES, DON'T THEY?
Adapted for the Stage by Rick Sparks & Gary Carter
Based on the novel by Horace McCoy
Directed by Wojtek Klemm
Choreography by Anna Krysiak
This April 7-9th, Sarah Paton performed as Ruby in They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, the sixth MFA Thesis show at the A.R.T Institute, performing at The Oberon Theater. Set in modern day and using physical theater (and exhaustion) in its storytelling, They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? took the audience into a brutal dance marathon where hopefuls scrambled through exhaustion and humiliation to win fame and a cash prize. Sarah's character Ruby is a very pregnant contestant determined to make a better life for her family.
"This topical production blurs the time difference between the Great Depression and now. Intensified by OBERON’s club atmosphere, Klemm’s physical style—quivering, sweating, dashing, leaping, wriggling—shows America's dizzying dance of desire and survival at its cruelest." (A.R.T. website)
Yowza! Yowza! Yowza!
Electronic music swells... Horses trudge out onto the floor and dance…