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    Love and Information 


    directed by MICHAEL DOVE


    September 28 thru October 21, 2017


    LOVE AND INFORMATION was first presented by The English Stage Company at The Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs, London, England on 6 September 2012. The US premier was presented at New York Theatre Workshop, New York on 19 February 2014, directed by James McDonald. 



    Love and Information is a fast moving kaleidoscope of over 60 moments of intimate whispers, philosophical exchanges, and life-changing revelations by more than a hundred characters trying to make sense of what they know. Someone sneezes. Someone can’t get a signal. Someone shares a secret. Someone won’t answer the door. Someone put an elephant on the stairs. Someone’s not ready to talk. Someone is her brother’s mother. Someone hates irrational numbers. Someone told the police. Someone got a message from the traffic light. Someone’s never felt like this before.




    Caryl Churchill (playwright) has written for the stage, television, and radio. This marks Forum’s fifth production of Churchill’s work after Mad Forest, The Skriker, Drunk Enough To Say I Love You?, and Seven Jewish Children – a play for Gaza. Her other stage plays include Cloud Nine, Top Girls, Serious Money, Far Away, A Number, Owners, Objections to Sex and Violence, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Vinegar Tom, Traps, Three More Sleepless Nights, Fen, Softcops, A Mouthful of Birds, Icecream, Lives of the Great Poisoners, Thyestes translated from Seneca, Hotel, This is a Chair, Blue Heart, A Dream Play after Strindberg, Bliss, translated from Olivier Choinière, Ding Dong the Wicked, Here We Go, and Escaped Alone.


    Michael Dove (Director)is a native of Stuarts Draft, Virginia and attended James Madison University with a few of the other co-founders of Forum Theatre. He has lived in DC since 2003 and his passion for theatre is only rivaled by his undying love for Manchester United. At Forum, he has directed the NNPN Rolling World Premieres of Building the Wall and Steve Yockey's Blackberry Winter and Pluto, I Call My Brothers, Passion Play, Agnes Under the Big Top, the world premiere of Holly Down In Heaven, Church, Mad Forest, Scorched, Angels in America: Perestroika, Amazons and Their Men (co-directed), dark play or stories for boys, Marat/Sade, Antigone, Valparaiso, Rockaby and Rough for Radio (for the DC Beckett Centenary Festival), The Memorandum, Hamletmachine, BECKETT: The Shorter Plays and the upcoming Building the Wall. His other credits include Seminar at PlayMakers Rep, Blackberry Winter at Orlando Shakes, 4000 Miles at Vermont Stage Company, When the Rain Stops Falling, Doubt, and Side Man at 1st Stage, A View From the Bridge at Cape Fear Regional Theater, The Twelve Days of Christmas by Renee Calarco at Adventure Theatre (world premiere), La Corbière at Solas Nua (co-directed), The Water Engine and Metamorphoses at Montgomery College, as well as shows for the Imagination Stage Conservatory, Source Festival, and the world premiere of Human Capacity at the University of Maryland.  He is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and Board Member of theatreWashington.







    In Love and Information, we're exploring human connection and how the sharing of information - particularly through technology - affects that connection. As a way to continue to explore this theme, we're delighted to bring you a new piece by Gwydion Suilebhan.

    A theater-for-one interactive performance -- part confessional, part data collection -- about both the frailty and the future of the human body. Catch it at Forum on selected dates before Love and Information.


    Mark your calendars for our Talk Tank, coming Friday, October 13th. We'll be talking language, communication, demographics, public opinion, technology, and all things Love and Information. Our panelists are:


    Joie Chen is a television journalist. She was the anchor of Al Jazeera America's flagship evening news show, America Tonight, from 2013 to 2016. She has served as an anchor for CNN and CNN International, and as an correspondent for CBS News and CBS Sunday Morning, as well as reporting on air for USA Today. She won an Emmy for her coverage of the DC sniper attacks.


    Find her on Twitter @joiechen


    Deborah Tannen is University Professor and Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and author of many books and articles about how the language of everyday conversation affects relationships.  She is best known as the author of You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in Conversation, which was on the New York Times best seller list for nearly four years, including eight months as No. 1, and has been translated into 31 languages. 


    Ruy Teixeira is a senior fellow at both The Century Foundation and The Center for American Progress. He is also co-director of the States of Change: Demographics and Democracy project, a collaboration that brings together the Center for American Progress, the Bipartisan Policy Center, and demographer William Frey of the Brookings Institution.




    One of the themes Love and Information explores is the way that technology and the easy sharing of information both connects us to and alienate us from each other.


    Forum is continuing this exploration by joining a group of theaters for Digital Eye @BlindWhinoDigital Eye @BlindWhino is an exciting, interactive, two-day only event merging theater, film, a live game show, and town hall-style discussion to explore how the Digital Age is affecting our everyday lives.


    As technology moves towards a more intimate experience with its users, we find our private lives becoming a commodity for a global market of data-miners, phishers, and hackers. How do you fit in at the dawn of a new era?


    Enjoy food trucks and a cash bar while you interact with Digital Eye @BlindWhinoReserve your tickets today!


    This hybrid cultural-political experience is part of the transatlantic theater project P3M5 (aka Plurality of Privacy in Five-Minute Plays), a partnership between European and American cultural organizations to engage in the changing nature of privacy in the digital age.