September 24, 2021 - October 31, 2021
Entrance every 30 minutes
2nd Floor, site of former Pottery Barn
300 Monticello Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510
$20 online or $25 at the door
Play presents "Garbage Horror Show" at MacArthur Center
Friday, September 24, 2021
Play’s Garbage Horror Show, which runs through Halloween, tells the terrifying story of climate change in a futuristic mutant world constructed solely from trash and found objects. Staged inside an abandoned storefront in MacArthur Center, a team of actors will bring the world to life each Friday and Saturday night with interactive performances designed to encourage visitors to participate within the surreal landscape.
Mankind failed to take care of the Earth. Garbage piled up and climate change led to sea-level rise. Norfolk has been submerged underwater for nearly 500 years.
Slowly, the water begins to subside and it reveals a city inhabited by new life forms, customs, and adaptations. Garbage is the only form of currency. Amphibious monsters roam the trash-strewn land.
If the concept seems far-fetched, welcome to the world of Bardia Saeedi. An entrepreneur turned interactive artist, Saeedi is taking on his most ambitious project yet—Play, an immersive art exhibition that mashes together a mutation-filled post-apocalyptic world with a Halloween fright fest.
Saeedi, who moved to Norfolk from Washington, D.C. two years ago, is no stranger to creating bizarre installations. He previously herded a flock of talking, animatronic sheep to Burning Man and worked with a crew of designers at the 757 Makerspace to build a robotic hand powered by artificial intelligence.
To construct the maze of trash inside a former Pottery Barn, Saeedi hired a team of local artists including Robert Lindemman, Saida Al Aziz, Cristina Taphouse, Mary Chess, Chris Castillo, Jamie Harlow, and Clarissa David.