National Trust for Historic Preservation

Theatre & Conversation: R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical

February 15, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Alliance for New Music-Theatre in partnership with The President Woodrow Wilson House continues its year-long inaugural series of lively cultural evenings in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood.

The third evening of “Theatre and Conversation” presents R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical, an intimate reading with music based on the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek in a music-theatre adaptation by composer Maurice Saylor and director Susan Galbraith.

R.U.R. takes us “back to the future” in a new musical adaptation, unveiling the ideas behind a play written in 1920 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced the word “robot” to the world. This work-in-development dramatizes the conflict very much part of today’s conversation: whether the combination of a robotic work force and artificial intelligence will liberate mankind from economic drudgery or threaten to overcome and destroy the human race.  The work both celebrates and examines critically the promise of industrialization and technology that was envisioned in the time of the very modern “Electric President” Wilson.

Following the performance, the Alliance will begin a conversation with the audience to further explore the themes presented that still resonate widely in our current culture. The prescience of the work will engage today’s audiences, as its focus is very much part of our global conversation.
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