May 6 - 18, 2014
The Builders Association (New York)
Based on the books Reborn and As Consciousness is Harnessed to Flesh by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff
Directed by Marianne Weems
Adapted and Performed by Moe Angelos
Emerson/Paramount Center Mainstage
Iconic intellectual Susan Sontag is brought vividly to life in Sontag: Reborn, adapted from her early journals by performer Moe Angelos. Directed by Marianne Weems, this intimate and startling portrait traces Sontag's private life from the age of 14 to her emergence as a world-renowned author and activist. The young Sontag wrestles with her emerging sexuality and precocious intelligence, fraught with doubt and insecurity yet driven by her willfulness, ambition and voracious curiosity. The refuge of her diary became integral to her development as a writer. Sontag says herself, "In the journal I do not just express myself more openly than I could in person. I create myself." The Builders Association brings its signature synthesis of video and sound back to the ArtsEmerson stage following House / Divided to poetically tell the personal story of one of America's most controversial and memorable cultural critics.
Founded in 1994, The Builders Association is a New York-based, OBIE award-winning performance and media company that creates original productions based on stories drawn from contemporary life. The company uses the richness of new and old tools to extend the boundaries of theatre. Based on innovative collaborations, they blend stage performance, text, video, sound and architecture to tell stories about human experience in the 21st century.