Theater UnSpeakable

In 2010, Marc Frost created Theater Unspeakable, formally Un-Speak-Able, as a platform for devising new physical theater projects. To date, the company has created three original touring pieces and is currently developing its fourth project based on the the moon landing of 1969.

The company’s first project, “Superman 2050”, was brought to life when Marc was awarded a six-month residency at Links Hall called the Lisa Dershin LinkUp. During that time, Marc gathered his first group of performer/devisers to devise the company’s first ‘platform’ style piece.

The company’s second original  piece  “Murder on the Midwest Express” was created with the same group one year later in the ‘quick-change’ style. Together the two shows, which shared the common vision of a future Midwest connected by High Speed Trains, were sometimes performed under the banner of “The 2050 Project”.

The company’s third original piece, “The American Revolution”, saw the company return to the ‘platform’ style. It also marked the beginning of working with a small design team. This piece is still actively touring the country.

The company’s fourth project, “Moon Shot”, marks a return as well as a departure from the ‘platform’ style. The show will be in development throughout the 2016-2017 season with premieres planned for Chicago, Palo Alto (CA) and New York (NY).

Based in Chicago, the company continues to perform in venues across the country including: Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago Children’s Theatre, Chicago Cultural Center, Adventure Stage Chicago, Filament Theatre, Links Hall (Chicago); Lincoln Center Education (NY), Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center (NY); Palo Alto Children’s Theatre (CA); Center of Creative Arts (St. Louis, MO); Alden Theatre (McLean, VA); Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall (Sarasota, FL); Lewis University (Romeoville, IL), Piccolo Theatre (Evanston, IL); Gaillard Center (Charleston, SC), Peace Center (Greenville, SC).

The physical theater practiced by the company draws upon the heavy influence of Marc’s time at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA). This two-year theater program based on the teachings of Jacques Lecoq exposed him to many different styles of theater. Since returning and founding the company, Marc has set a goal for himself and his collaborators to continue experimenting with these styles until they have broken ground on new forms of their own.

Best for Grades 4 and up and family

America

Superman 2050

Epic story, pocket proportions—seven actors share one tiny platform, just 3-by-7 feet of space, and upon it an original Superman tale unfolds. Set in a fictional 2050 Metropolis with a remarkable resemblance to Chicago, the show’s imaginative, resourceful cast members use only their bodies and voices to create every prop, scene, sound effect, and character in a battle between Superman and Lex Luthor for the future of the Midwest’s beloved high-speed rail network. Superman 2050 is bare-bones theater at its most physical and imaginative. Best for Grades 4 and up and all ages.

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The American Revolution

History in 50 minutes—seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space and recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do. The American Revolution displays the company’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater. Best for Grades 4 and up and all ages.

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Moon Shot

Biggest Story, Smallest Stage. To recreate the story of America’s Apollo 11 lunar landing, seven actors squeeze onto a 21-square feet stage nearly as tight as NASA’s original Mercury capsules. Using only their bodies and their voices, this astounding troupe of actors brings to life one of the most daring times in the history of human exploration: the Space Race. From the Cold War to Sputnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings the company’s tongue-in-cheek humor to a whole new atmosphere—one where the rules of gravity no longer apply

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Theater Unspeakable has recently created a new piece of work detailing the American Revolution.  I asked Marc Frost, the artistic director, if he would be prepared to document the process on a video blog and below you can see the outcome of that request and the process and progress of this new piece.

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Review of  Revolution from Chicago Reader

Nov 2014

“The mime-based choreography is revelatory, defamiliarizing the American Revolution largely through bodily movement and stunning lighting design.”

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Review of  Revolution from Around the Town Chicago

Nov 2014

“The things which one would anticipate being a problem are not—the space never seems claustrophobic, incredibly the blocking is graceful…the actors are able to go from one character to another with dexterity and skill.” Click here: Around the Town Chicago


Review of Superman 2050 from The Chicago Tribune  

May 2011

“Embracing the ethos of physical theater — a genre of performance that relies on movement and body language as a key element of storytelling — the ensemble conveys a thrilling amount of action and plot.”

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Review of Superman 2050 from The Chicago Tribune  

December 2011

“No matter how dazzling the special effects may be in the upcoming cinematic remake of “Superman,” none will feel as witty or clever as the analog efforts of creator Marc Frost and his six fellow actors ”

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Review of Superman 2050 from The Happiest Medium  

January 2012

“Make no mistake, for all the light-weight silliness at play, this is a sophisticated and highly disciplined piece of theater, and its steel is what brings it off. ”

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Review of Superman 2050 from TimeOut Chicago  

March 2011

“…a fastidiously executed, often hilarious work of physical theater”

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Writeup of Superman 2050 from The Wall Street Journal

July 2013

“…brilliantly and amusingly”

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