Lucky Plush brings 'Cinderbox 2.0' to Purdue

January 21, 2014  

Lucky Plush

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Lucky Plush will perform "Cinderbox 2.0" at Purdue University's Loeb Playhouse at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Ticket holders are invited to attend a preshow discussion at 7 p.m. in Stewart Center, Room 322. Bonnie Brooks, a professor at Columbia College Chicago, will discuss Lucky Plush's work and aesthetic approach.

Ticket holders are also invited to attend a postshow discussion in Loeb Playhouse. The Lucky Plush company members and Brooks will discuss the evening's performance.

Is "reality TV" really real? How much is scripted? How much is truly spontaneous? How can you tell? Chicago-based dance theater company Lucky Plush dives headlong into the question with "Cinderbox 2.0," which the Chicago Sun Times called "a visually, kinetically, sonically and intellectually dazzling piece of dance theater." In 2007 Lucky Plush artistic director Julia Rhoads created the world of "Cinderbox 18" to explore the comedy and anxiety created by our media's voyeuristic approach to "reality."

In 2013, when such shows haven't faded away, but rather multiplied, Rhoads has rebooted her investigations with "Cinderbox 2.0." In a performance that blurs the distinctions of dance and theater, the observer and the observed, and the scripted and the off-the-cuff, Rhoads has created a fresh and unflinching, yet comical, view of the virtuosity and failure we simultaneously love and hate. Lucky Plush was hailed as one of Dance Magazine's 25 to Watch in 2010, NewCity's Top 5 of Everything 2011: Stage, and TimeOut Chicago's The Decade's 10 Best Original Dance Works.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $20 for children 18 years and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres: Broadway-style shows, theater, dance, children's theater, world music, jazz, and chamber music, along with rock, pop, country and comedy attractions. With a vision for connecting artists and audiences in artistic dialogue and for drawing in academic discourse, Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media. 

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, 

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