Includes the plays: "Give Up! Start Over! (In the darkest of times I look to Richard Nixon for hope)"; "A Thousand Natural Shocks"; "Particularly in the Heartland"; "Architecting"; "Mission Drift." Founded in 2004, the TEAM is an internationally-acclaimed Brooklyn-based collaborative ensemble.
Once described as "Gertrude Stein meets MTV," the TEAM's mission is to make new work about the experience of living in America today.
Released in celebration of the company's 10th anniversary, "Five Plays by the TEAM" includes a timeline of events, exclusive production and rehearsal images, personal introductions to the plays by members of the company, and a foreword by John Tiffany ("Blackwatch," "Once"). "A chaotic composite of dubious French postmodernist Jean Baudrillard, John Saade's Reality TV Handbook and Nixon's White House transcripts, among others, it bores into the 21st century American nightmare like a reckless dentist who has no anaesthetic." - "The Sunday Herald" on "Give Up!
Start Over!" "This remixed "Hamlet" touches on a whole range of idea: the destruction of idols, nature of democracy, and very question of how to be good...the show is as challenging as it is mad."- "The Scotsman" on "A Thousand Natural Shocks" "Simultaneously intelligent, rueful, celebratory, delightful and devastatingly sad, the show actually lives up to its ambitions." - "Time Out New York" on "Particularly in the Heartland" "How stimulating to wake up in 2009 in the hands of a present-tense theater company who knows what it's doing...["Architecting"] considers, with a refreshing lack of judgment, just what allows people to survive catastrophe, acquiring a poignancy and humanity and quietly summoning entire lives of everyday loss." - Ben Brantley, "New York Times" on "Architecting" "Its mix of the epic and everyday, myth and madness, music and storytelling, create a glorious patchwork in which pitch and tone - are as crucial as intellectual argument.
A theatrical tornado, and a sideways glimpse into America's tarnished, weary soul." - "Guardian" on "Mission Drift"