By Aaron Loeb
Directed by Kate Austin-Groen
September 22 - October 14, 2017
"Devilishly funny and demonically dark, Loeb's hilarity makes us, as the title suggests, think." San Francisco Chronicle
Ninety minutes from now, a group of stressed-out corporate consultants is slated to present their work on a mysterious project. It's time to brainstorm within the morally ambiguous parameters they've been given so they can make it to their kids' soccer games and continue their ill-advised affairs. But as they work, the question of what they aren't being told looms ever larger, becoming harder to ignore. If something truly monstrous is going on, it wouldn't be happening over Starbucks scones . . . would it? A ferocious and hilarious thriller. Contains adult language and themes.
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"The sinister tangos with the madcap..." The New York Times (Critic's Pick)
The parameters of their task are puzzling. Brock, Ted, Sandeep and Hannah are discussing the most efficient and cost-effective way to dispose of bodies, millions of bodies. The premise is that they’re preparing for a virus that could wipe out huge populations (Zombies!?); their goal is to save the human race. The absurd corporate-talk (can they create “self-serve graves”?) can’t prevent the team members from envisioning Nazi extermination camps, genocides and mass murders. Eventually the consultants begin wondering if their work is part of a plan far more heinous than they’ve been led to believe.
“Glimmers of a social conscience blossom into hysterical paranoia . . . Trains of logic turn in upon themselves and become derailed in comically rational conspiracy theories . . .“ –San Francisco Chronicle
Ideation refers to the process of creating, generating, or communicating new ideas. This play is an over-arching look at a contemporary world in which you can’t trust what you’re told, and where Big Brother is undoubtedly watching. As the team reveals more details, your worst suspicions about the ethics of the project may underestimate the edgy outrageous-ness of Loeb’s sense of humor . . . Get ready for a wild ride.
Aaron Loeb is a San Francisco Bay Area playwright whose work has been performed around the country. His full-length plays include The Proud, Alcestis (Doesn't Live Here Anymore), Brown, First Person Shooter, Blastosphere (with Geetha Reddy), and Abraham Lincoln's Big, Gay Dance Party, which had its Off-Broadway premiere in 2010. Among the honors Loeb has received are two Bay Area Theater Critic Circle Awards for Best New Play (First Person Shooter in '07, ALBGDP in '08), Outstanding Play from the New York International Fringe Festival (ALBGDP '09), GLAAD Media Award Nominee (ALBGDP '09), and seven Emerging Playwright Awards from PlayGround. Loeb is a member of the Dramatists Guild and a Playwrights Foundation resident playwright.