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Torn Space takes theatergoers into Silo City’s American Warehouse

Last August, on a vast expanse of gravel and against the backdrop of an enormous grain elevator, Torn Space Theater mounted “Motion Picture,” one of the most memorable theatrical events of the last several seasons. It featured ambitious digital projections, war reenactors shooting muskets at each other, a galloping horse and an actual helicopter flying overhead.

On Friday, the company will try to top that extra-theatrical extravaganza with “Storehouse,” a new hourlong performance centered on Silo City’s hitherto off-limits American Warehouse. The production will try to condense the experience of an entire human life into 60 minutes, employing dozens of dancers, actors and even members of the athletic department of St. Joe’s High School and boxers from KC’s Fitness to bring that experience to life.

“From the youthful exuberance of high school pep rallies to the quiet of an elegy, from the romance of classic crooners to the indifference of a Bergman film, the performance progresses through the stages of life as the audience proceeds through the inner caverns of The American Warehouse,” according to a release from the company.

The production is designed more as a series of scenes than a linear productions, with groups of 50 filing through the warehouse at timed intervals between 6 and 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Director and Torn Space co-founder Dan Shanahan said that the piece was set up this way “so that the audience can investigate the structure and landscape in intimate groups of 50, engaging with the space and the original content created by our team of designers.”

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