Duke Performances, Page Auditorium
Based on the Life and Predictions of Marshall McLuhan
Created by SITI Company
Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart
To mark our final season, SITI revives its first-ever devised piece: 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. A champion talker deprived of speech by a stroke near the end of his life, McLuhan (portrayed with tragicomic precision by Will Bond) staggers and clicks his way through Bogart’s multichannel multiverse—a black-and-white vision of televised anti-revolution that puts our modern technocratic dilemmas front-and-center. Staged with minimalist potency and maximal physicality by Bogart and the astonishing artists of SITI Company, The Medium asks: Who are we—and what are we becoming—in the flickering light of our own devices?