MTA's Dan Safer choreographs virtual production of 'Mad Forest' at Bard College

College Students Colonize the Divided Romania of ‘Mad Forest’


In a livestream production of Caryl Churchill’s 1990 tale of riot-torn Bucharest, quarantined Bard acting students grapple with revolution.

Revolution has come to Bucharest, and a society has exploded into shards. A multitude of writhing, flailing, falling bodies fills the screen during the climax of the second act of Ashley Tata’s fervently inventive new streaming version of Caryl Churchill’s “Mad Forest,” a coproduction of Theater for a New Audience and the Fisher Center at Bard College.


This is not, however, your average mob scene. Each of the participants in this upheaval — and there are a dozen, to be exact, though they feel like many more — is isolated in one of those separate, self-contained frames many of us now identify with Zoom conferences.

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