Step into a world of protest during Applied Mechanics' ‘We Are Bandits’

Artist collective Applied Mechanics present a new piece of interactive theater, 'We Are Bandits.' (Photo by Maria Shaplin)

In another piece of interesting theater news (but really, does it ever stop around here?) is the upcoming free performances from artist collective Applied Mechanics. Drawing influence from Russian feminist punk-rock group P*ssy Riot, the performers will debut a piece of interactive theatre, We Are Bandits.

Playing with the conventions of protest art, feminism and activism, the theatrical work aims to take the viewer on their own personalized journey through the performance space—Asian Arts Initiative. You’ll step into a world already in motion, with multiple stories happening simultaneously and the viewer picks which character or story they’ll follow. And play along: Characters will ask you to perform tasks, so join them at a table or answer their question if asked.

Throughout the show you’ll experience a rock concert and help enact social change in the scope of the world you’ve stepped into.

All performances are free at the Callowhill-located space with previews on Friday, July 18 at 8 p.m. The show officially opens Saturday, July 19 at 8 p.m.

Other performance dates and times include:

Sunday, July 20 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. 
Monday, July 21 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 24 at 8 p.m.
Friday, July 25 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Sunday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, July 30 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, July 31 at 8 p.m.