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For Immediate Release
February 2, 2022

SITI COMPANY ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR FINALE SEASON

2021-2022 Season Celebrates 30 Years of Theatrical Innovation

The Medium in Pittsburgh, Brooklyn, and Hanover

Still Under Construction by Charles Mee at La MaMa

A Radio Christmas Carol at the Fisher Center

New Book

The award-winning SITI Company, a leading New York-based theater ensemble celebrated locally and internationally, announces details for its Finale 30th Anniversary Season. At the conclusion of the finale season, in December 2022, SITI Company will cease to operate in its current iteration as a touring, teaching, performing ensemble with an administrative staff and a studio. Some SITI Company members, including renowned director Anne Bogart, will continue to work on theatrical projects together and separately, in addition to teaching and licensing SITI Company works.

A centerpiece of the Finale 30th Anniversary Season is a revival of The Medium, SITI Company’s first-ever devised work. A meditation on technology that’s more resonant now than when it premiered in 1993, The Medium draws heavily on the writings of pioneering media theorist Marshall McLuhan, coiner of the phrases “the medium is the message” and “global village” to describe his visions of our interconnected future. Performances take place January 22 – February 13 at City Theatre Company in Pittsburgh, PA; March 15 – 20 at BAM in Brooklyn, NY; March 31 and April 1 at the Hopkins Center in Hanover, NH. Additional tour stops in Fall 2022 to be announced.

As the premier interpreters of Charles Mee (SITI company member and playwright), SITI will bring a new work to NYC audiences in collaboration with La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in October 2022. Still Under Construction, like many of SITI’s Mee plays before it, explores the collage of the American experiment in all its glory and darkness.

After fruitful work-in-progress performances in December 2021, SITI Company will return to the Fisher Center at Bard to premiere a new adaptation of Christmas Carol, inspired by Orson Welles’s 1939 Christmas Eve radio show with Lionel Barrymore and by Dickens’ own reading script. In an intimate re-telling, SITI conjures the ghosts of the past, present, and future to speak to our society’s immediate need for gratitude, charity, fairness, justice, and equity. World premiere performances will be in December 2022.

In the summer of 2022, SITI Company, in partnership with Yonkers International Press, will publish a new book by the members of the ensemble, that will chronicle and celebrate the company’s 30-year legacy.

Following a two-year planning process that began in 2017, SITI Company determined that its mission was rooted in the passions of like-minded individual artists—its ensemble members—and not a larger self-sustaining institution. In early 2019, SITI Company members, board, and staff decided that shedding the constraints of an organization, such as an administrative staff and a physical office and studio, in favor of moving towards a more flexible configuration, was the organic next step. This would allow all stakeholders to move onto new projects in a healthy way. In the fall of 2020, SITI Company announced the SITI Legacy Plan, which includes the finale 30th anniversary season and the creation of a robust physical and digital archive, which is currently underway thanks to generous funding from the Howard Gilman Foundation, New York Community Trust and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“The question that we asked was, are we an institution that continues on indefinitely, or are we a group of artists who circled around one another thirty years ago and then stayed together based upon a shared vision about collaborative creation?” said Anne Bogart, Co-Artistic Director of SITI Company. “After much consideration, it became clear that we are a specific group of likeminded artists moving through time and space together. And now, here we are, taking our next step, but united in our intention to help others to carry the tradition forwards, each in their own fashion.”

About SITI Company 
SITI Company was founded in 1992 by Tadashi Suzuki, Anne Bogart, and a group of like-minded artists interested in revitalizing and redefining contemporary theater in the United States through international cultural exchange, creation of new work, and the training of theater artists. Originally envisioned as the Saratoga International Theater Institute (SITI) in Saratoga Springs, NY, SITI quickly established itself in New York City and expanded to encompass a year-round season inclusive of creating new work, touring, and training programs to cultivate the next generation of independent theater artists. The Company is known nationally and internationally as a top-level artistic ensemble that generates groundbreaking theater. SITI Company is Akiko Aizawa, J.Ed Araiza, Anne Bogart, Will Bond, Gian-Murray Gianino, Leon Ingulsrud, Ellen Lauren, Ellen M. Lavaia, Kelly Maurer, Charles L. Mee, Barney O’Hanlon, Neil Patel, James Schuette, Brian H Scott, Samuel Stricklen, Stephen Duff Webber, and Darron L West. Former company members include Susan Hightower, Jefferson Mays, Elizabeth Moreau, Tom Nelis, KJ Sanchez, and Megan Wanlass.
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