Pedro Reyes' Manufacturing Mischief is a satirical play that features puppets made in Japan by masters in the Bunraku tradition. American linguist Noam Chomsky is headed to Silicon Valley to judge a competition of new Artificial Intelligence devices hosted by South African inventor, Elon Musk. Chomsky's prized student, Millie, has entered a device, called the Print-A-Friend, in the competition. It materializes the author of any book inserted into it. Chaos ensues as Ayn Rand, Tiny Trump, Karl Marx, and others are reanimated - and the Print-A-Friend is stolen! Chomsky, Millie and Marx must fend off the forces of capitalistic evil and the damage they might do with this new AI machine.
"Features a zany plot involving a technology contest, a contraption called the Print-a-Friend and a surprise appearance by Donald Trump. There's also plenty of high-flown debate about technology, freedom and inequality."
- Location: Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre
- Run Time: Approx. 45 minutes (no intermission)
- Audience Advisory: Mature content, light haze effect.
- Please Note: The Berkeley Street Upstairs Theatre is not an accessible venue. Our Front of House Staff will do all they can to assist patrons, but a staircase is required to access all seating. Please contact the box office if you have any accessibility concerns.
STAGE/PRODUCTION MANAGERIlana Khanin
SCRIPT CONSULTANTRosalind Grush
TANK TECHNICAL RESIDENTChristian Roberson
PHOTO CREDITPuppets in Manufacturing Mischief
Photo: Sham Sthankiya
Pre-show chats are free with a ticket to that evening's performance
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Professor Barry Freeman, Assistant Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto, discusses Robert Lepage's Theatrical canon.
Pedro Reyes (born Mexico City, 1972) was the inaugural Dasha Zhukova Distinguished Visiting Artist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Center for Art, Science and Technology. He previously exhibited his work Sanatorium at The Power Plant in the summer of 2014. Reyes has exhibited extensively across the globe including exhibitions at the Queens Art Museum, New York (2013), Galeria Luisa Strina, São Paulo (2013), Boston Museum of Fine Arts (2013), Lisson Gallery, London (2013), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2011). Reyes has also been presented in numerous group exhibitions and festivals including the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2013), Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (2013), Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2013), White Chapel Gallery, London (2013), Kadist Art Foundation, San Francisco (2013), Liverpool Biennial (2012), dOCUMENTA (13), and the 50th Venice Biennale (2003).