Second live performance and talkback on Thursday, April 29th at 9:00 PM
Theater in Quarantine, a pandemic performance laboratory from writer, director, and performer Joshua William Gelb and choreographer Katie Rose McLaughlin, and New Georges present the world premiere of All The Different Ways That Commodore Matthew Perry Could Have Died Before Opening Japan But Didn’t by Julia Izumi. Set to premiere on April 29 on YouTube, All The Different Ways… is directed by McLaughlin and Gelb, who performs live from his converted closet. The production features animation by Caroline Voagen Nelson, visual and costume design by Peiyi Wong, and sound design by Renee Yeong.
Commodore Matthew C. Perry (1794-1858) was a U.S. naval officer who headed an expedition that forced Japan in 1853–54 to enter into trade and diplomatic relations with the West after more than two centuries of isolation. Through his efforts, the United States became an equal power with Britain, France, and Russia in the economic exploitation of East Asia.
All The Different Ways That Commodore Matthew Perry Could Have Died Before Opening Japan But Didn’t investigates the many assorted ways Commodore Perry might have potentially passed from this life before famously opening Japan’s borders to trade with the Western world. Will we all be lost at sea by the end, as he never was? Tune in to find out!