“EYE-OPENING … AN EXTRAORDINARY PLAY.
Its sideways development is astonishingly artful.
What’s more, it is artful in a way specific to
the cognitive profiles of the actors involved.
If it moves in unfamiliar ways and is delivered through unfamiliar means,
that is a sign that it is delivering new information. These artists are not just making theater
that affirms their life experience.
They are showing the rest of us how their life experience
AFFIRMS, AND ENHANCES, THE THEATER." — New York Times
It’s a piece of unexpectedly brilliant theater about which
giving too much away would undermine its maximum effect.
Don’t let the initially pretentious-sounding title put you off.
By the time the import from Australia finishes, its meaning is
all too clear and gorgeously pertinent and pungent.
Saying anything more detailed than artificial intelligence
and its eventual widespread ramifications is a strong focus
risks giving away the solar-plexus wallop that ‘The Shadow’ delivers. AN INDISPUTABLE MUST-SEE." — New York Stage Review
"THE BEST PIECE I’VE SEEN IN THE FESTIVAL SO FAR.
Australia’s Back to Back Theatre worked with a
company of intellectually disabled actors to devise A BEAUTIFULLY SCRIPTED PIECE.
FINELY STRUCTURED AND PERFORMED." - Vulture
"MASTERFUL. STRIKINGLY CLEVER.
Feels so natural and rooted in reality
that it's hard to believe it's a devised
work of fiction and theatre." - Broadway World
"The festival’s most rewarding in its complexity.
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
is very much about the audience.
I wondered: How did they read my mind?
This quartet of characters doesn’t include heroes or victims or saints and the play relishes in catching the audience in the act of attaching such labels to the performers." - Slant Magazine
"★★★★ Offers an urgent and uncompromising conversation about the state of humanity with a seamless interplay between creativity and critique" - The Age (Australia)
"★★★★ Provocative and will leave you with questions. It’ll also make you want to tell your friends to go see it. Now." - The Music (Australia)
"Back to Back delights in braiding dreamlike, slow-motion dialogue with deadpan comedy, or vigorous physical fracas with heartbreaking monologues.” – The Saturday Paper
"a brilliant, extremely well-made piece"
- Audience Member, Facebook
Ages 14+ Contains adult themes and coarse language
Director: Bruce Gladwin
Creative Development Artists: Bruce Gladwin, Mark Deans, Sarah Mainwaring, Scott Price, Simon Laherty, Sonia Teuben & Victoria Marshall
Production Manager: Bao Ghilslain Ngouansavanh
Senior Producer: Ally Harvey
Executive Producer: Alice Nash
Back to Back Theatre is part funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
This project is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and by the Barr Foundation through its ArtsAmplified initiative.
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes has been co-commissioned by Carriageworks, the Keir Foundation, the Thyne Reid Foundation and The Anthony Costa Foundation, supported by Creative Partnerships Australia through Plus 1, with development support from the Geelong Performing Arts Centre, Arts Centre Melbourne, Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Une Parkinson Foundation, The Public Theater (New York City) and ArtsEmerson (Boston).
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes was developed, in part, at the 2019 Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA.