Come SPIN to SPIN!​

Planning to ride your bike up to see SPIN? Check your helmet at the coat check and we’ll give you a $2 rebate off your ticket! And on Friday, October 25, we’ll be offering a FREE Bike Valet service. We’ll check your bike into a locked, monitored indoor space, so you don’t have to worry about it while you’re in the theatre. 

About SPIN

Evalyn Parry embarks on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey celebrating the Bicycle as muse, musical instrument and agent of social change. Inspired in part by the incredible true tale of Annie Londonderry–the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894– Parry pedals through layers of history, from 19th century women’s emancipation to 21st century consumer culture.

Using cycling metaphores, Parry uses the bicycle's language to talk about liberation. “Pretty early on, as I was conceiving the project and writing some proposals and grants to do the research, I started to realize, ‘Wow, this is really rich with metaphor in terms of the language. There’s tons here, just within the bike itself and its parts, in terms of the double meanings of words.’ It just suggested a really rich palette for exploration.” says Parry. SPIN came together when Parry put together the cycling mania of the late 1800's and the early days of feminism. “The whole thing was basically a revelation to me,” she says. “I’d heard a quote from Susan B. Anthony, a famous 19th-century suffragette, that said, ‘I believe the bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in history.’

Throughout the show, Parry’s co-star is a vintage bicycle, suspended in a mechanic’s stand and played by percussionist Brad Har. The bicycle is setup with contact mics and played with brushes on the fenders, violin bows on the spokes and drum sticks on a variety of fine tuned bells, Hart conjures a richly textured soundtrack to Parry’s songs and monologues. Even spinning the pedals make a gentle, maraca-like whir.

“A big piece of my own activism involves creating work that speaks out about various things—about bottled water, for example, or gay and lesbian rights,” says Parry. “Whether I set out to do it or not, it often feels like my role is to bring an outspoken voice into settings where that voice isn’t always loud enough. It’s about opening up spaces, creating a little more space and visibility and conversation around lots of different things.”

 

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