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All Your “Barn Show” Questions Answered!

Barn Show opens in a mere 11 days! Can you believe it? We are so gall-darned stoked that our audiences are going to be joining us in just a few weeks, and we’re doing all we can to make sure your visit to the barn is as magical and fun as it can possibly be. To that end, check out the FAQ posted below to find answers to questions about tickets, what to wear, what you’ll be doing, the bus, and more. A copy of this will be sent to all ticket purchasers. If you don’t see your question answered here, post a comment here or hit us up on Facebook. Thanks! Continue reading

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Week one of Rehearsal Proper Phase was primarily at Gasworks in an effort to save some of the well earned kickstarter dollars as well as beef up our ability to work outdoors. We’ll finish out the week with two rehearsals at our barn over the weekend! This rehearsal process is like summer camp in the best way. Sun, art, and good people.








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Momenting Phase is probably my favorite phase of Blood Ensembles’ process.

Zack Hewell brought in this moment. "Zack dances with dress"

Zack Hewell brought in this moment. “Zack dances with dress”

Our Ensemble gets to come into a room and put ideas up on theirfeet. Ideas that we had in the spur of a moment, images we’ve seen in dreams, vaguely thought of concepts that we desperately need to see translated to an audience.

 The Ensemble comes in with their “homework.”  As an actor, you learn how to specifically ask questions of your Moment Director to get their vision represented accurately… questions like, “do you want me to walk in this straight line neutrally or do I have a sad feeling about walking towards the unknown?” To which, your Moment Director will respond, “I hadn’t thought about it. I think sad… but sad AND hopeful because I want that unknown to be something the audience looks forward to.”

In that room, everyone is a director, an actor,  a writer and a designer.

Here's a piece of Brittni's "3 eras" moment with Timmy, Jesse and Zack.

Here’s a piece of Brittni’s “3 eras” moment with Timmy, Jesse and Zack.

For Barn Show, we learned a lot during our Momenting Phase. We learned that Moments constructed in the barn felt much different than moments constructed in various rehearsal spaces in Seattle. We learned that the walls of the barn were talking to us through these moments… we realized that moments that spoke to us seemed to be “of the barn” somehow. It feels as though when everyone agrees on a moment, that moment seems to be a part of the wood that constructed the barn, part of the foundations holding it up, part of the memories that any building can hold. It feels like we’re dancing in Dumbldore’s pensieve of memories and when we create, we pull out a few… and somehow? We know when we’ve got one.

It feels magical.

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Blood Ensemble’s ‘The Barn Show’ will immerse the audience in a world of American Magical Realism.


Our next piece is a new, immersive piece titled ‘Barn Show’. This new show will open on Friday, July 11th and run through to Saturday, August 2nd.

Unlike traditional theatre productions, Barn Show will actually take place in and around a barn that was built at the turn of the last century in Marysville, Washington. This ‘on location’ site-specific show will reveal the secrets the barn has witnessed over the last hundred years. Those in attendance won’t simply watch the action unfold, but will be fully immersed in it as they will be able to see, feel and smell the barn and its environment, making Barn Show a totally new, devised experience.

“The story of family that owns the barn was so inspiring to us that we couldn’t say no to this project. When we saw the barn and heard that the property was being purchased by WalMart, we knew  we had to give it one last send off.” said Adria LaMorticella, company member of Blood Ensemble.

“This show is quite unique in that we’re producing it on location in an old barn,” said Emily Harvey, Co-Artistic Director, Blood Ensemble. “This show will be a sort of a ‘if walls could talk’ experience. When you see this barn, questions like ‘what happened in this place?’ and ‘what could have happened here?’ immediately pop into your head. We will be adding aspects of magical realism and American folktales to really capture the audience’s attention, plus food will be provided, making it a great night out.”

Blood Ensemble will be using Kickstarter for a  crowdfunding campaign, which will pave the way for this unique event. Donations will be used to transport Seattle audience members and provide a community dinner at each performance. Barn Show is conceived by the small, but reputable Blood Ensemble, and created by the Barn Show Company.

Barn Show Company includes: Dayo Anderson, Megan Jackson, Emily Harvey, Zack Hewell, Adria LaMorticella, Timmy Keener, Jesse Parce, Brittni Thoreson, Jake Vice, Max Kirchner and Carrie Cates.

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