The 72 Hour Musical

The 72 Hour Musical – A THINK TANK*
Bar Harbor, ME
August 2004

Eight artists spent 71 hours in seclusion on a therapeutic horse-back riding farm, creating an original rock opera, with masks. We performed for an audience (and some horses) on the 72nd hour of our time together. We then took the hour-long show on tour to The Bar Harbor Town Hall, The Perishable Theater in Providence, and some other spots on the East Coast. The show evolved as we traveled, gave each other ocean front haircuts, recorded the soundtrack, and eventually burned the props in a ceremonial bonfire. Two weeks from the beginning of the ideas to the end of the tour.

Photo Credit: Kelly Nesbitt and Rafter.

* THINK TANKs are one of my favorite ways to work. I was introduced to this method of creating and collaborating by Greensboro-based artist Mark Dixon. In the think-tanks in which I’ve participated, a specific group of people (often who have not previously worked together) get together for a designated period of time, in a determined area, and, under an agreed upon set of parameters, undergo the intensive process of achieving a common goal.

My first official think tank was:
The Kitchen Renovation Dinner Theater
Pittsburgh, PA
March 2001
For 2 weeks, five people, ranging in age from 15-50, lived in a kitchen. We didn’t leave, ever, for the whole two weeks. We cooked, ate, and slept in the kitchen; we took it apart, we made music with its pieces, told stories, invented machines, and created an hour-long performance which we then toured to The Mattress Factory, The Pittsburgh Children’s Museum, The Green Bean Coffee Shop in North Carolina and the basement of Calvary Church in Philly.