En Garde Art’s Wilderness

Jan 21 3 pm

In Association with Irvington Town Hall Theater

Screening and Artist Conversation


Irvington Town Hall Theater
81 Main Street, Irvington

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Join the award-winning En Garde theater producers for a screening of  “WILDERNESS”,  an extraordinary theatrical event captured on film.  In Wilderness, stories of 6 kids and their families are woven together, tracking individuals as each strives to communicate, to love, to protect, and to survive crisis. Their narratives explore issues of mental health, addiction, and gender and sexual identity. This multimedia project is about about making connections and discovering who we can be — whether we are teens or parents or by-standers.

The original theater production toured four cities and included an immensely successful run at the Kennedy Center.  In presenting this screening and Artist Conversation, RiverArts and Irvington Town Hall Theater feature a panel that includes Artistic Director and co-creator of Wilderness Anne Hamburger, co-writer and director Seth Bockley, co-owner of Evoke Wilderness Therapy Brad Reedy, and former Hastings Trustee Meg Walker, whose daughter attended Adirondack Wilderness Expeditions.

In WILDERNESS, adolescents stand at the brink of emotional chaos, lost in social stigma, insecurity, aggression and anger. Parents risk losing their children forever. Thoughts race. Emotions fire. Isolation intensifies. One question emerges:

How do we persevere when we feel most alone in the world?”

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“One of the greatest strengths of ‘Wilderness’ is that it feels too real to be a play.”
– Chris Kompanek, The Huffington Post (11/10/16)

“En Garde Arts is a New York-based award-winning non-profit theatre company that marries interdisciplinary performance with community building to address the most pressing social issues of our time using entertaining and unconventional approaches. Since its founding in 1985, En Garde Arts’ has received six OBIEs, two Drama Desk Awards, and an Outer Critics Circle Special Award. En Garde Arts’ works include Basetrack Live, BAM Next Wave, New York, NY (2014); Wilderness, Abrons Arts Center, New York (2016). Charles Isherwood of the NY Times called Wilderness ‘a terrific new multimedia theater piece about troubled youth’ and the Village Voice described it as ‘a compassionate glimpse at the outer edge of teenage angst.’ En Garde Arts’ founder Anne Hamburger earned an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.”
— Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (June 2017)

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Therapy Becomes Theater in WILDERNESS
The New York Times
October 20, 2016

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