THE OBJECT LESSON

Geoff Sobelle / USA

Do you have what you need? Do you need what you have?
With boxes stacked to the ceiling, award-winning actor-illusionist-inventor Geoff Sobelle unpacks our relationship to everyday objects in this hilarious, heartbreaking solo performance/junk-pile-installation. Ordinary objects are imbued with deeper meaning, rooms are reconstructed, stories unfolded before being lost and forgotten.

Breaking, buying, finding, fixing, giving, losing, winning, trading, selling, stealing, storing, collecting, cluttering, clearing, packing up, passing on, buried under … a world of things. A meditation on the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.

Created and performed by Geoff Sobelle 
Directed by David Neumann

Winner! Best of Edinburgh Award 2014

“A funny, sweet and meticulously crafted production”  –The New York Times

“★★★★★ Offbeat, often surreal and gently whimsical show…..hugely enjoyable, highly intelligent” –The Guardian

“So much of the incandescent The Object Lesson comes as a surprise that I must take a basic precaution so your perfect, gleeful enjoyment might be preserved. It is this: Go to the show. And I mean, right away, this minute, get off the Internet before you read any further of its giddy epiphanies.”   –Time Out New York

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Show Duration: 85 mins
Audience Suitability: 12+
Stage/venue Size: 150 sq metres
room/ warehouse/ hall
Venue Capacity: depends on size
Touring Party: 6

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AWARDS
2014 WINNER OF A TOTAL THEATRE AWARD,
A SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST &
THE CAROL TAMBOR BEST OF EDINBURGH AWARD

Performance History
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
Brooklyn Academy of Music Next Wave Festival
Kirk Douglas Theatre Culver City CA
Curran Theatre San Francisco CA
Wexner Center Columbus OH
Walker Arts Center Minneapolis MN Fisher Center
Bard College Annandale on Hudson NY
Sydney Festival Australia

Perth Arts Festival Australia
Studio Theatre Washington DC

Development for The Object Lesson was supported by The Map Fund, The Wyncote Foundation, The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, an Independence Foundation Fellowship, the Philadelphia Live Arts Brewery (LAB) program and a commission from Lincoln Center Theater.  Further development was supported by residencies at The Orchard Project, the Space on Ryder Farm and at The Yard, a multi-disciplinary dance space in Martha’s Vineyard.