Past Event

The Radicalization Process

Illinois Humanities Presents…

Photo by Kat Schleicher/Alverno Presents
Photo by Kat Schleicher/Alverno Presents

The Radicalization Process
An original performance by The Hinterlands

August 24-27 at 7:30PM
Co-Prosperity Sphere – 3219 S Morgan St
$10 Tickets*

  • Created and Conceived by The Hinterlands
  • Performed by Liza Bielby, Richard Newman, and Dave Sanders
  • Scenic Design by Shoshanna Utchenik
  • Live Scoring and Sound Design by Richard Newman
  • Archive Creation by Casey Rocheteau and Liza Bielby
  • Publication Design by Benjamin Gaydos
  • Lighting and Sound Technician: Scott Crandall
  • Production Assistance: Norma Jean Haynes

Layering historical accounts of the radical left in the 1960s and 70s with a master class in American method acting, socialist pageantry, and a gleefully obtuse re-production of The Living Theatre’s Antigone, The Radicalization Process stokes the embers of America’s past revolutions to ignite our radical potential. Audiences begin the performance sifting through a basement archive of a forgotten revolutionary, navigating histories true and false, real and imagined, before they make their way into the performance space, a safe-house within a 1970s bungalow. Imagery unfolds both mundane and shocking; a live-score is performed on analog synthesizers and everyday objects; “L’Internationale” is sung; an explosion occurs.

Presented as a part of Illinois Humanities’ suite of programs commemorating the 50th anniversary of the events surrounding the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, The Radicalization Process asks us to question our assumptions about what drives us to take action, how far is too far, and what role the imagination has in revolution. This performance is immersive in parts and requires audience members to stand, sit, and travel short distances. Also, it’s funny. Sometimes. Other times it’s really dark. But hey, that’s America!


The Radicalization Process was commissioned by Legion Arts, Power House Productions, and Alverno Presents, with generous support from the National Performance Network, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and the NEA Artworks program.