After a free preview Friday during ArtWalk, “The Tug of War” will be fully staged at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Billings Open Studio, 2814 Second Ave. N.
Tickets are $10 at the door.
Krista Marshall, one of the creative forces behind the multimedia work, said the event is “a drama expressed in the language, in our case the poetry, written word and movement.”
“’The Tug of War’ is similar to a screenplay because the whole piece undergoes a transformation,” Marshall said. “In a screenplay, the main character or characters go through a transformation. In both cases, dynamic tension is being created. It is also a production of moving pictures, albeit live.”
Works performed include “Apples to Apples” by Terpsichore Dance Co., “A Terrible Music” by poet Dave Caserio, and “The Great Divide,” written by Camielle Griep. Local musicians, including cellist Troy Krueger and bass players Jake Batts and Parker Brown, will also perform during the evening.
The only props are a rope, soil, plants and apples, and two chairs.
“The rope is our supporting actor, that thing we can put our feelings into as we experience this myth, conflict and vengeance. We are bound to it; we will use it as a weapon or an opportunity to take sides,” Marshall said.
The soil will be placed center stage in the beginning then the plants will be brought out to be planted. The apples will also be incorporated into the scenes and the rope weaves the whole piece together.