Fri. & Sat. July 6 & 7 at 8pm, Sunday July 8 at 4pm

An original performance by The Hinterlands
Created and Performed by Richard Newman, Liza Bielby, and Dave Sanders.
Live Scoring by Richard Newman.
Scenic design by Shoshanna Utchenik
Archive Creation by Casey Rocheteau and Liza Bielby
Publication design by Benjamin Gaydos

Layering historical accounts of the radical left in the 1960’s and 70’s with a master class in American method acting, socialist pageantry, and a gleefully obtuse re-production of The Living Theatre’s Antigone, THE RADICALIZATION PROCESS stokes the embers of America’s past revolutions to ignite our radical potential. Audiences begin the performance sifting through a basement archive of a forgotten revolutionary, navigating histories true and false, real and imagined, before they make their way into the performance space, a safe-house within a house in 1970s Detroit. Imagery unfolds both mundane and shocking; a live-score is performed on analog synthesizers and everyday objects; L’Internationale is sung; an explosion occurs.

The Radicalization Process asks us to question our assumptions about what drives us to take action, how far is too far, and what role the imagination has in revolution. Also, it’s funny. Sometimes. Other times it’s really dark. But hey, that’s America!

WHAT THE PRESS HAS SAID: Check out Rosie Sharp’s review of the piece in Hyperallergic

The performance was commissioned by Legion Arts, Power House Productions and Alverno Presents with generous support from the National Performance Network, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the NEA Artworks program.

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THE HINTERLANDS is a Detroit-based company creating performances and public events that are highly irrational and deeply American. From our original touring pieces to the events we curate in our Detroit neighborhood, our work is built around pressing into the unknown areas of our personal and collective history with fearless physicality and a sense of humor. Our performances smash seemingly disparate images and ideas together, culminating in new, highly layered meanings that are greater than the sum of their parts. We create a space for our audience to be in this unknown hinterland with us through techniques that disarm and disorient, short-circuiting expectations and luring them into unexpected interactions. We have an ongoing physical training practice that is both a foundation of our collaborative devising process, and a means of conducting exchanges across disciplines and contexts. Formed in 2009 by Richard Newman and Liza Bielby, our work has been seen at the Shanghai Biennale, the Berlinale, Alverno Presents, Flynn Center, The Detroit Institute of Arts, Charlestown Working Theater, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit among others. The Hinterlands most recent piece, The Radicalization Process, was described in Hyperallergic by critic Rosie Sharpe as “…an absolutely original and radical performance – one that questions the structure and limits of theater as much as it brings to light the politics that have shaped and damaged modern-day society.” In addition to their own performance work, The Hinterlands are artists-in-residents and program curators of Play House, a Detroit neighborhood-based performance space that they manage in collaboration with Power House Productions, and also curated and organized The Porous Borders Festival, a two-day festival exploring the municipal and cultural borders along the Hamtramck/Detroit divide.

LIZA BIELBY (Co-Director, The Hinterlands/Performer) works in the space between hyper-local and global cultural expression. She is a fastidious physical performer and a multi-disciplinary translator. She lives for a good laugh and loves great quantities of stuff. Liza is a former student of the Sichuan Chuanju Academy, a graduate of the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, and a board member of the Bangla School of Music.

RICHARD NEWMAN (Co-director, The Hinterlands/Live Scoring/Performer) – was an ensemble member of Double Edge Theatre from 2004-2008 where he co-created numerous performances including Republic of Dreams and the UnPOSSESSED. He was an artist in residence with The Dell’Arte Company (Blue Lake, CA) and founded the Breaking Bread Project – a multi-year collaboration between artists in the U.S. and the Balkans. He has led workshops and trainings at universities and theatres around the world and has performed abroad in China, Spain, Poland, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Canada. Richard also composes electronic music.

DAVE SANDERS (Performer) brings his background in sculpture to his work as a dynamic physical performer. With The Hinterlands, he has performed in psychedelic Wild West show Manifest Destiny! (there was blood on the saddle), the vaudeville extravaganza The Circuit, family-friendly shadow puppet show Dreamtigers, and The Radicalization Process. Dave was a member of theatrical punk band Bride Stripped Bare and is a familiar face on the Detroit techno scene.

For more, visit the Hinterlands website. 

Additional information


Adult $24 (includes $2.00 processing fee), Senior 65+ $20 (includes $2.00 processing fee), Student $20 (includes $2.00 processing fee), People with SNAP or EBT cards $11 (includes $1 processing fee)


Sunday 4pm

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