Strange Attractor Theatre Co. is Aram Aghazarian (Philadelphia, PA), Roblin Gray Davis (Juneau, AK), Jed Hancock-Brainerd (Providence, RI) and Rebecca Noon (Providence, RI). Together we create inviting and unexpected performance in our three home states: Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, and Alaska. We challenge the popular conception of live theatre while engaging new audiences with original, high-caliber, physically devised work by drawing from our shared training at the London International School of Performing Arts, and reinventing the classic styles of clown, melodrama, commedia, absurd and grotesque, while staring unflinchingly at the darkest spots of humanity to uncover the sublime, the foolish, and the ridiculous. Our physically-based performance style, the diverse universes we explore, and the hilarious characters we discover, unnerve while entertaining and confound while delighting.
Since forming in 2010 Strange Attractor has created six full-length shows: 2010’s F.orward O.perating B.ase, a quick-change comedy about war and torture created and performed in Juneau for the Perseverance Second Stage; 2010’s Special Happy, an absurdist birthday party thrown for the entire audience created and performed in Providence, RI for Perishable Theatre and the Wilbury Group; 2011’s If You Shoot A Boot You Might Get Wet, which follows the lives of two insufferable eccentrics living in a house of suitcases and was created and performed in Providence as a co-production with Spanish company Rompecabezas; A Terrific Fire, an environmental immersive performance, part haunted house, part adventure novel, based on Ibsen’s Brand, developed with Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, Providence’s 95 Empire and Perishable Theatre; 2013's Enlightenment on E Floor North, an investigation into invisible American workers through the lens of the museum security guard, developed in Rhode Island, Maine, Philadelphia, and Southeast Alaska; and 2015's Idle, a site-specific Christmas pageant performed in July in a private home in Newport, RI.
Our current show-in-development is Sans Everything, which is a collaboration between Strange Attractor and Philadelphia theatre company Lightning Rod Special, follows a spaceship of botanists compelled to perform As You Like It for reasons they cannot fathom. Set so far in the future that Shakespeare has been forgotten, Sans Everything imagines a world without stories and the dangerous results of bringing them back.
Our design work has also been commissioned by Providence's RISD Museum and AS220.