Philly’s absurdist theater company continues to bring good nothingness to life even in this time of absurd nothingness. The Idiopathic Ridiculopathy Consortium’s new project, Into the Absurd: A Virtually Existential Dinner Conversation. reveals the passions and purpose of artistic creators in 50-minute weekly conversations.
The idea for A Virtual Dinner Conversation grew out of the desire to stay connected to IRC audiences, artists, and the community during this peculiar time. It has been a longstanding goal of the IRC to gather creators and artists for weekly conversation about the purpose that drives their work. That goal, changing course due to the pandemic, birthed a virtual incarnation which explores the who, what, when, where and why of the passions and the people in our community and beyond.
Each Saturday at 5pm host and IRC producing artistic director Tina Brock streams a live discussion with a guest to explore what it means to live and to think about art now, in this time of existential uncertainty. Audiences are encouraged to bring a beverage, their curiosity, and questions. There are three options to join in: by signing up for the IRC’s email list on the IRC website at idiopathicridiculopathyconsortium.org where audience members receive an email each Wednesday announcing the guest for the upcoming week; by streaming on Facebook Live at the IRC’s Facebook page at 5 pm, or by visiting anytime the IRC’s YouTube channel, where past conversations are archived.
Previous guests include Liz Goldberg, Patrick Stoner, Jenna Kuerzi, and Debra Leigh Scott. Actor Jane Moore will join the conversation this Saturday, August 1.