Babel (2018)

Babel (2018)

In our highly politicized environment, conversations about gun ownership and gun control go nowhere.

In fact, the very words used to discuss guns in America shutdown the conversation between people on opposite sides of the debate. It is as if we are living in Babel, in a state of confusion, unable to get anywhere or to understand one another.

What would happen if we sat down and listened to each other?

Following the success of Shots Fired, the acclaimed documentary theatre piece about the 2016 Dallas Police shootings, Cry Havoc Theater Company is creating a new documentary work that examines gun violence in America. For Babel, the company will travel locally and nationally collecting interviews from voices on multiple sides of the gun ownership/gun violence debate. Those interviews, along with the teens' reflections on them, will offer a glimpse into the emotionally charged, national conversation.

Sex Ed Workshop Production (2018)

Sex Ed Workshop Production (2018)

In the wake of the #MeToo movement, conversations about sexual impropriety are front and center in our collective consciousness. Yet, we seem to have collective amnesia when it comes to our own teenage years and the value of honest, accurate information about our bodies.

How do we as a society frame conversations about healthy relationships and consent with young people when many among us refuse to discuss comprehensive sex education? What harm is "abstinence only" education doing to the American psyche? 

In this workshop performance of Cry Havoc Theater Company's newest devised work, the company discusses the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees.....and how "the talk" has become so politically divisive in our culture.

In A History of Everything, the teens of Cry Havoc tell the story of humanity as they see it, highlighting the cyclical nature of the world and the ongoing human struggle to find meaning in life. Based on the 2012 production by Ontroerend Goed and Sydney Theatre Company.

A History of Everything (2018)

A History of Everything (2018)

If you were to write your own history of everything, what would you include? The election of Barack Obama or the 2016 rise of the alt-right? The discovery of penicillin or the detonation of the first atomic bomb? Would you favor the invention of the printing press over the creation of the first contraceptive pill? 

In A History of Everything, the teens of Cry Havoc tell the story of humanity as they see it, highlighting the cyclical nature of the world and the ongoing human struggle to find meaning in life. Based on the 2012 production by Ontroerend Goed and Sydney Theatre Company.

The Great American Sideshow (2017)

The Great American Sideshow (2017)

In this political allegory, Otto Barron is the new owner of The American Sideshow. Along with the carnival barker Narcissa, he sets out to sow discord and wreak havoc all in the name of making the sideshow great again.

Through intimidation, manipulation, and lies, the pair convinces some of the carnival performers to embrace Barron’s version of reality. Those who refuse to go along with Barron’s vision begin disappearing one-by-one until there is no one left who remembers how The Great American Sideshow began or what it once stood for.

Shots Fired (July 2017)

Shots Fired (July 2017)

On July 7, 2016, what began as a peaceful rally in Dallas in response to a slew of recent police shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers erupted in gunfire when an African American Army Reserve veteran ambushed police officers, killing five and wounding nine.

In the Fall of 2016, a group of teenagers interviewed police officers, protesters, and community members about that night and the aftermath. Their stories and the company's reflections on them offer a snapshot of race relations in Dallas and the community's hope for the future.

Shots Fired (January 2017)

Shots Fired (January 2017)

On July 7, 2016, what began as a peaceful rally in Dallas in response to a slew of recent police shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers erupted in gunfire when an African American Army Reserve veteran ambushed police officers, killing five and wounding nine.

In the Fall of 2016, a group of teenagers interviewed police officers, protesters, and community members about that night and the aftermath. Their stories and the company's reflections on them offer a snapshot of race relations in Dallas and the community's hope for the future.

Good Kids (2016)

Good Kids (2016)

Something happened to Chloe after that party last Saturday night. Something she says she can’t remember. Something everybody is talking about. Set at a Midwestern high school, in a world of Facebook and Twitter, smartphones and YouTube, Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong and its very public aftermath. Who’s telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? And what does that say about you?

Based on the Stuebenville High School rape case of 2012, Naomi Iizuka’s timely play explores sexual assault in the social media age.

Shut Up and Listen! (2016)

Shut Up and Listen! (2016)

Silence is golden in this anarchic exploration of the life of a teenager. From tiny exchanges to volatile actions, the life of a teenager is full of change and uncertainty.

Based on Belgian Ontroerend Goed’s Once and For All We’re Gonna Tell You Who We Are So Shut Up and Listen… Cry Havoc’s Shut Up and Listen! explores the agonies and ecstasies of adolescence.