“This is a company that wows its audience with human simplicity — bodies of different shapes and sizes, voices that can be extremely difficult to decipher and a design scheme that, even at its most lyrical, feels very much handcrafted.
The theater has become a place where actors are expected to be paragons of proficiency, roaming the stage in full command of their physical instrument. According to Hamlet, the theater should hold the mirror up to nature. Well, increasingly, nature is looking like it has a gym trainer, a cosmetic surgeon and a life coach.
Here, all but one of the actors who make up the five-person ensemble are perceived to be intellectually disabled. Back to Back’s mission, as a program note spells out, is to create “new forms of contemporary theater imagined from the minds and experiences of a unique ensemble of actors with a disability, giving a voice to the social and political issues that speak to all people.””
About the Author: COLIN MITCHELL: Actor/Writer/Director/Producer/Father, award-winning playwright and screenwriter, Broadway veteran, Marvel comics scribe, Van Morrison disciple, Zen-Catholic, a proud U.S. Army Brat conceived in Scotland and born in Frankfurt, Germany, currently living in Los Angeles and doing his best to piss off as many people as possible.