Theater Unspeakable

In 2010, Marc Frost created Theater Unspeakable as a platform for devising new physical theater projects. To date, the company has created four original touring pieces and is currently developing its fourth project based on the life of Sacagawea.

Superman 2050

Murder on the Midwest Express

The American Revolution

Moon Shot

​Based in Chicago, Theater Unspeakable has performed in 20 states and Washington DC in venues including:

The Kennedy Center

Lincoln Center Education

Palo Alto Children’s Theatre

Adventure Stage Chicago

Chicago Children’s Theatre

and more

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.

Theater Unspeakable Tour Dates

Best for Grades 4 and up and family

America

The American Revolution

  • Run time: 50 minutes, no intermission with option of 10 minute Q&A
  • Grades 4 and up
  • Suggested seating capacity: 300-2000 seats

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.

American Revolution Tech Rider

Moon Shot

  • Run time: 50 minutes, no intermission with option of 10 minute Q&A
  • Age: 7+
  • Suggested seating capacity: 300-2000 seats

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

Moon Shot Tech Rider

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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Theater Unspeakable Outreach Options

Post-Show Q+A

Theater Unspeakable (TU) offers a post-show question and answer session of ten minutes in length following every performance. This “Q+A” session is an opportunity for audience members to ask questions directly to the cast members regarding (1) the “platform” style in which TU performs, (2) the process through which TU creates/devises it shows, (3) the subject matter covered by the content of the show and (4) any other questions related to being part of a professional touring acting company the audience might wish to ask.

Post-Show Q+A’s can be moderated solely by Theater Unspeakable or TU can also collaborate with a representative from the presenting venue to run the Q+A in concert with the venue’s preferred protocol.

Workshops

There are two options for Theater Unspeakable-led workshops.

The first option is a company-led, post-show workshop wherein audience members of a TU show are led through a one-hour long educational experience led by actors they have just seen performing on stage. In this type of workshop, the audience is split into several groups, each of which is given an assignment for creating a short theatrical presentation within the “platform” style and then sharing it on the actual “platform” stage.

The second option is to have a longer workshop process that takes place with a group (of students, educators, employees, etc.) outside of the context of the performance. These workshops are led by TU’s Artistic Director or an appointed Workshop Leader. These workshops range in duration, subject matter and expected outcome depending upon the participants’ goals in undertaking the workshop. For students, the goal may be an educational experience. For teachers, the goal may lie in the pedagogical experience. For corporate events, the goal may steer towards a new understanding of team collaboration. In all cases, the goal of any “platform” style workshop is to create a sense of ensemble through the shared goal of a small group of people (no more than seven at a time) coming together to create a large story in a small space in a relatively short period of time and the confinement of three feet by seven feet of stage space (which is what TU performs its shows inside of).

Master Classes

TU offers Master Classes with its Artistic Director Marc Frost, which must be arranged on an individual basis and may include such topics as:

Devised Theater; Physical Theater; Children’s Theater

These Master Classes can vary in length and subject matter and must be arranged ahead of time with TU’s Artistic Director and the presenting venue to ensure the corresponding goals of each organization.

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.”

Click here: Chicago Tribune May 2011


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 ”

Click here: Chicago Tribune December 2011


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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