Drive-Thru is a theatrical intervention in a fast-food format. The "consumer" chooses what to watch from a menu with 8 monologues to pick from - each monologue takes maximum four minutes. In clear irony about the consumption society, the public order and watch individually to a mini show within a big acrylic box. The monologues were written by the actresses, based on individual issues about modern identity.
The theatre as a product, the audience as its consumers. Drive-Thru is a new language developed by the Cia Teatro Enlatado in form of a nomadic theatrical performance intervention that proposes the use of alternative physical spaces, such as pavements, parks and squares, museums, etc., thus dislocating the theatre environment and the action of going to the theatre. By offering a theatre menu composed of monologues with “canned” themes and characters ready for consumption and providing instant and practical
satisfaction to the entertainment need of passers-by, Drive-Thru mocks the
idea of fast food concept and the concept of consumer society. The theatrical
experience takes place within minimum space and time, in a scenario structure
of 2 meter long and high by 1.5 meter wide divided in half, with an acrylic wall that separates product (actor/scene) and consumer (viewer) and suggests a relationship of purchase and sales. Each monologue scene lasts for about 4 minutes. It is the spectator him-/herself who choses what to consume: he makes his order before entering the booth and watches the play individually. Through an innovative prism of strong humorous criticism, the themes of the monologues run through personal identity to interaction issues, among others. The theatrical scenes, of own authoring and created by the actresses of the Cia Teatro Enlatado themselves, have always granted the public a unique repertoire. Today, the performance also relies on a partnership made with few Brazilian contemporary play writers invited to create monologues for exclusive use of the Drive-Thru.
***This is the first show of our company in Brazil. This site-specific performance is a success since our first gig in São Paulo in 2009 and until nowadays it is still performed by the company. If you want to bring Drive-Thru to your venue, contact us. More info below:
Along the years we have performed Drive-Thru, we have created different versions. You can know more about each one here:
Original Ideia, Direction and dramaturgy by Teatro Enlatado
Performed by Fernanda Mandagará, Maíra De Grandi
e Mariana Mantovani
Lighting by Mariana Mantovani
Costumes by Teatro Enlatado
(first version by Márcio Bueno Dias)
Videos by Teatro Enlatado
Executive Production by Fernanda Mandagará
e Maíra De Grandi
Production by Cia Teatro Enlatado
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