Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series presents Hello Hi There by Annie Dorsen
Hepburn Teaching Theater in Goodhart Hall
150 N Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Region: Philadelphia & The Countryside
Hours of operation: 8PM
Admission fee: $20 General Admission, $18 for seniors (65+), $10 for students (not from the Tri-College Consortium), $5 for children under five, and free for students from the Tri-College Consortium (Bryn Mawr College, Haverford, and Swarthmore)
Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series will present the first career retrospective of theater artist Annie Dorsen titled Algorithmic Theater. The retrospective is part of a residency advancing Dorsen’s work and examining the consequences of digital communications through theater. In Hello Hi There, Dorsen uses the famous television debate between philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist/activist Noam Chomsky from the 1970s as inspiration for a dialogue between two custom-designed chatbots. Material from the debate, along with additional text culled from YouTube, the Bible, Shakespeare, and western philosophy, is inputted into computer programs designed to mimic human conversation to create a new, “improvised” dialogue at each performance.