In December 2009, Greece admits its debts have reached 300 billion Euros- the highest in modern history. As the European Central Bank scrambles to keep Greece afloat, member countries experience crippling debt and the Euro-Zone crisis threatens to destroy the European Union. On December 18, 2010, a Tunisian activist lights himself on fire. This event instigates a wave of intense civil uprisings across the Middle East that comes to be known as The Arab Spring. On September 17, 2011, thousands of protesters descend on Zuccotti Park in New York’s financial district speaking out against wealth inequality and government corruption. The movement sweeps across the U.S. sparking ongoing protests nationwide.
Leaders forced from power. Alliances shaken. Populations that can’t be silenced. The powers, systems and structures that we trust, rely on and perpetuate are failing us. Empires are collapsing.
Red Tape Theatre Company Season Nine: Empires Collapsing
September 13 to October 20
“Nobody loves me and the sun’s going to kill me. Spring will return and nothing will grow. Some people might feel concerned about that. But it makes me feel important. I’m going to be around when the world as we know it ends. I’m going to witness unprecedented catastrophe.”
January 17 to February 24
“In ancient gladiator style, and based on polls from viewers like yourselves, we have relocated our most patriotic finale to one of America’s actual war zones. During these events you will witness five of your favorites battle to defeat each other for the highest honor.”
May 9 to June 23
“I’m the one who did the bad thing to the old man with the gouging of the eyes and so forth, letting him bleed into the snow.”