Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in | Create Account

Definitely Maybe

CAVS fellow John Bell joins CAVS artists, staff and MIT students in the design, construction, and performance of the Great Small Works toy theater show, Definitely Maybe. Based on the novel of the same name by the acclaimed Soviet science fiction writers Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, Definitely Maybe questions the limits of scientific knowledge and discovery in the modern world from the perspective of a handful of Soviet scientists of the 1970s who are all on the verge of important breakthroughs. The mysterious and often surreal ways in which they are all prevented from advancing their work turn out to be the effects the Homeostatic Universe, a vast, undefined force of Nature that insists on maintaining creation-wide entropy. Definitely Maybe poses questions about the limits of modern knowledge and the ecological effects of modern society through a series of fantastic, comic, and spectacular tableaux on a miniature toy theater stage representing a Soviet-era apartment building. Definitely Maybe, a novel by Boris and Arkady Strugatsky, was adapted for the toy theater by John Bell, Larissa Harris and Jessica Rylan, with Jenny Romaine from Great Small Works, and MIT student Shaunalynn Duffy. Special thanks to Slava Gerovitch for his dramaturgical advice. Set and puppet designs by Isaac Bell and Meg Rotzel; stage construction by Kaolin Kinsey; stage design by Joe Zane; special synthesizer effects created by Jessica Rylan.

Comments (0)

It looks like no one has posted a comment yet. You can be the first!

You need to log in, in order to post comments. If you don’t have an account yet, sign up now!

Center for Advanced Visual Studies

Center for Advanced Visual Studies

Category: Education | Updated 5 years ago

Created
May 17, 2009 21:23
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
14859 times

More from Center for Advanced Visual Studies

David Reinfurt: on Muriel Cooper

David Reinfurt: on Muriel Cooper

Added 5 years ago | 01:03:00 | 21924 views

Tad Hirsch and Trevor Pagleni with Andrew Woods: Terminal Air

Tad Hirsch and Trevor Pagleni with ...

Added 5 years ago | 01:32:00 | 41944 views

(Speakers and Signers) Robert Sirvage: The Deaf Walk: Proximics, Space and the Collectivist Way of Being

(Speakers and Signers) Robert Sirva...

Added 5 years ago | 00:14:49 | 36715 views

(Speakers and Signers) Hansel Bauman: Deaf Architecture -- The Resonance of Place and the Senses

(Speakers and Signers) Hansel Bauma...

Added 5 years ago | 00:13:49 | 42281 views

Triple Candie: The Problem with Triple Candie, a lecture-demonstration

Triple Candie: The Problem with Tri...

Added 5 years ago | 01:25:00 | 32769 views

John Bell: Spectacle and the Street

John Bell: Spectacle and the Street

Added 5 years ago | 01:16:00 | 23972 views