The Alchemical Theatre

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Our Mission is: To develop the art and presence of the living actor as the essential distinguishing factor in the theatre proper. To recognize that the presence of the audience as a living public assembly is necessary in the development of the theatre as a unique art form, and is at the heart of its contemporary relevance. 

We are an association of actors dedicated to a new and emerging form of our art which speaks to the contemporary sensibilities of our public, of our audience. We believe that acting is the art par excellence of our times and that the theatre as a living art can open the doors of perception, so vital to the challenges of our historic moment. Keeping in mind this commitment to meaningful and creative public assembly, we are engaged in a process of study and research regarding the techniques of our art, the subject matter of our plays, and forms of mise-en-scène which can distinguish the meaning of the theatre as a most vital contemporary artform. 


Beyond the rehearsal process and performance of current productions, we maintain a growing extended company which engages in a ritual of study, training and research into acting technique including Meyerhold’s Biomechanics, “Jazz Acting,” and various forms of physical training. These training sessions also culminate in a bi-monthly public performance at The Alchemical Actors Salon

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

Pure War / The Madness Of The Day  | Open: 12/07/11 Close: 12/17/11
The Alchemical Theatre presents their enigmatic examination of the coupling of metabolic speed and technological speed, and its inevitable consequences on consciousness, human appearance and the perception of one's "place" in the world.

The texts are drawn from urban theorist Paul Virilio’s book Pure War, which questions the accelerating developments of technology; and French author/critical theorist Maurice Blanchot’s short story "The Madness of the Day" which introduces us to the character we consider the protagonist par excellence for our time: The Disappeared One. The piece is devised through a reciprocal reading of Blanchot's text through the lens of Virilio and vice versa.

Individually the actors become Blanchot’s protagonist and together conspire to create a series of exhibits, confessions and briefings as a simulation of the relationship between technology and the human body.  The actors employ techniques of "jazz acting" and biomechanics in a series of micro-narratives and vignettes.

Pure War / The Madness of the Day is set in a “box full of speeds” and images, and functions in the context of a public hearing. The actors place themselves under public scrutiny in order to engage the audience in a para-theatrical experience about the terms of appearance between actor, character and audience, pointing to the societal value of theatre as a technology of human recognition and interaction.

We live in a society where the substance of self is negated. The Age of Reason is transforming; and technology has become a contemporary prosthesis on consciousness. We are nearing that point of exhaustion in both the Enlightenment and ourselves where each of us disappears. The question “Who am I?” becomes increasingly eclipsed by the question "How do I appear?"

"...and if seeing was madness, I madly wanted that madness!"  – Maurice Blanchot

"The speed of light, the light of speed. We have gone from the aesthetics of appearance, stable forms, to the aesthetics of disappearance, unstable forms. ...Too much speed is like too much light. It's blinding. It's blinding. It's blinding."  – Paul Virilio