Algorithmic Theater: Annie Dorsen Retrospective Performances

9 - 17 Sep 2022
Various locations


Yesterday Tomorrow, created and directed by Annie Dorsen, presented at La MaMa, New York City, 2016. Photo by Maria Barnova.

In advance of the presentation of a new work by Annie Dorsen next year, Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents a career retrospective of four of Dorsen’s pieces: A Piece of Work, Hello Hi There, Spokaoke, and Yesterday Tomorrow. An artist’s talk with Dorsen and the co-authors of a book about her work is also part of the event line-up. Tickets are required for some performances. Visit the project’s website for further details about individual performances. 

A Piece of Work 
September 9, 2022 
8 p.m. 
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall 

A machine-made Hamlet, mixing live performance with algorithmic interfaces for a new production every time. 
Hello Hi There 
September 10–11, 2022 
8 p.m. 
Hepburn Teaching Theater, Goodhart Hall 

A chatbot performance inspired by a famous 1970s television debate between Foucault and Chomsky. 
September 11, 2022 
10 p.m. 
Neuberger Centennial Campus Center 

September 16, 2022 
10 p.m. 
FringeArts (part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival) 

A participatory event in which the audience delivers speeches as they would ordinarily perform songs in a karaoke bar. 
Annie Dorsen and Authors in Conversation 
September 11, 2022 
2 p.m. 
Music Room, Goodhart Hall 

A talk with Dorsen and the authors of Annie Dorsen: Algorithmic Theater, 2012-2022, the first collection of writing by and about Dorsen. 
Yesterday Tomorrow 
September 15, 2022, 8 p.m. 
September 16, 2022, 6 p.m. 
September 17, 2022, 8 p.m. 
McPherson Auditorium, Goodhart Hall 

An algorithmic concert in which live singers perform a real-time generated score based on evolutionary computation.