Welcome to the “Pain Management” Ensemble at Local Lab 2017! You will be lead by Mare Trevathan, Nina Rolle, Gabriella Cavallero and Meridith Crosley-Grundei. As we gear up for the festival and workshop, we wanted you to have everything you might need to know.

Workshop Description: "Pain Management"


The deserted hospital on Boulder's Mapleton Avenue is part ghost town, part playground. Stories of hope and pain lurk around every corner, in every empty hallway, in each abandoned examination room. Join a diverse team of Local-affiliated theater artists known as the “Theatricians Collective” to create a devised piece of theater, in which the architecture of the building itself is a creative partner.

This 3-part community workshop that will culminate in a short live performance. No experience necessary. Bring a sense of adventure, a sense of humor, and clothes you can move in. Please plan to attend all three days.

Workshop Schedule

  • Friday, March 17 from 2-5pm: Viewpoints and Composition
  • Saturday, March 18 from 12-4pm: Devising Original Work
  • Sunday, March 19 at 10:30am: Rehearsal, followed by a 12pm Performance of "Pain Management"

Workshop Location

Workshops will be held at 311 Mapleton Avenue in Boulder (aka "the old hospital"). Though the address is on Mapleton, the easiest thing to do is head west on Maxwell from Broadway. You’ll dead end in the best parking lot. Look for the door to your left (on the north side of the building) that has a green awning with a white symbol above it. Don’t enter into through that door. There are two doors to the right of that one, both of which look like service entrances. Go in through the last door to the right which has a poster for “Local.”

What to Expect

Collaboratively-generated, site-specific theater is one of my very favorite things and I’ve never had the occasion to create it in a venue as strange and inspiring as this.

We’ll be leaning heavily (though not exclusively) on a theater technique called the “Viewpoints.” We will be VERY physical, but the extent of the strenuousness is completely up to you. We’ll be leading you to create, not exercise. Challenge yourself, but please don’t hurt yourself.

Are you scared now? Please don’t be.

It’s going to feel peculiar for the first 30 minutes, and then you’re going to have the MOST FUN and be SO PROUD of yourself.

  • Wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty. Layers are recommended. There are plentiful restroom stalls, so if you wish to bring a change of clothes, feel free. On Friday, please be prepared to take off your shoes.
  • Bring water (there are drinking fountains, too).
  • Let us know if there are friends who’d like to come and see you perform on Sunday, March 19 at noon! They are very welcome, we just need a headcount in advance.

Special thank you to Boedecker Foundation, Boulder Arts Commission, and The Community Foundation Boulder County for their support of Local Lab 2017.