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The Aesthetic of Waste Meets AtticRep For 'A Burden of Possibility'

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Libby Mattingsley as the female lead in White

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Director Rick Frederick with props

“We try not to say ‘no’ to each other,” he says magnanimously.

Frederick’s no slouch when it comes to intellectual approaches either, and working with this younger group seems to have stuck in his craw.

“We have this generation coming out of college raised by the people who said, ‘All this is open to you. You can be who you want to be and you can think the way you want to think.’ But we live in a world where you can’t think the way you want to think and where you can’t [get] a job,” Frederick says. “It’s this cycle we’re in that we can’t get out of. We don’t have the options we once had.”

“Is there an economic element to the show?” I ask.

“There’s an economic element, a social element.... There’s the idea of happiness and that even if you’re lost you have to pretend that you’re happy,” he explains, albeit obliquely.

AtticRep’s show synopses are often vague, something The Aesthetic of Waste seems content to continue because after an hour and a half interviewing the Wastrels, I still don’t have any idea what this show is about.

What I do know: The show will run about 80 minutes without an intermission because, as Larson says, crinkling his nose, “Intermissions are passive.” Audiences should be warned that there is nudity and an interactive continuum in the show. Because, after all, that’s kind of what the Wastrels do.

Sure, White appears to be more than a little academic, but these theater kids are way more than “just a whole bunch of assholes onstage being self-important.”

Yeah, I stole that.


A Collaboration with The Aesthetic of Waste
8pm Thu-Sat, 2:30pm Sun
Attic Theater
One Trinity Place
(210) 999-8524
Through Sep. 1

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