Venture with us on an imaginative mapping of a decimated America where totalitarian mega-states rule (think getting lost in the woods of Atwood & Orwell). Audience members experience this meditation on the resilience of bodies & narrative while hiking alone, accompanied by voices recorded on the salvaged tech of the past.
Bear Eats Bear takes place on a self-guided walk. The Last Grizzly recommends that you bring a bottle of water and wear good walking shoes. Audience members may choose to experience Bear Eats Bear from a stationary position.
Bear Eats Bear has toured to Brooklyn, Charlotte, and Toronto. This new experiment from our Austin-based collective makes up one third of Lydia Blaisdell’s fierce & feral Bear Trilogy. This trilogy, composed of The Last Great American Bear Hunt, Apocalypse Radio, and Bear Eats Bear, explores and dramatizes the continued acceptance of corporate and government surveillance in our lives. A crucial catalyst for these theatrical explorations is the fear that we’ve passed the point of being able to reverse the ecological damage we have wrought. As a writer, Lydia is attracted and inspired by the work of contemporary novelists in speculative fiction like Margaret Atwood’s MaddAdam trilogy and Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven. She is also fed by films like Brazil and Bladerunner.
In Bear Eats Bear, participants spend 45 minutes with an artifact from a past/future time as they walk alone through a natural world. What does it mean to experience theater alone? What does a park mean to us now? What will it mean to us in a few decades?
This piece is a hike, a collage, a satire, a desperate plea, and a memorial for the world’s transient and feral beauty.
The Last Grizzly creative team, Katie Van Winkle (director) and Lydia Blaisdell (playwright), have collaborated on daring theatrical projects since 2014 in Austin, TX. Our work together includes Old Broads, which delighted sold-out audiences at the Off Shoot; and the immersive radio piece Apocalypse Radio, a terrifying hit of the Cohen New Works Festival. See past production stills from these and other plays on Lydia’s website, here.