WHAT'S IN A NAME?
In Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel CAT'S CRADLE, he takes a satirical look at the structures that underpin our society with regards to politics, science, religion and its misconceptions about the usefulness of truth in order to identify with our own falseness. By deconstructing these institutions, we can appreciate the fact that most of the truths we hold fast are really rather silly when examined closely.
This is our intent as Cats Cradle Theatre - to look deeply into the underlying structures of our world, and specifically within our industry, and to identify, investigate, and deconstruct those institutions, while following artistic curiosities that align with and serve the needs of our community.
Cats Cradle Theatre is a project-based producing collective. With a focus on individual artists and projects, we are dedicated to developing new work and new industry practices that center on themes of empathy, inclusion, and social justice. Through workshops, readings, productions, events, and philanthropic work, we strive to cultivate community connections and engage in civic relationships, asking ourselves what it looks like ‘to citizen’ through our work.
In line with our values, our circle of artists, administrators , and vendors are constantly changing. Aside from our core founders, Cats makes a promise to keep work and opportunities open to anyone interested in a particular project or curiosity. Check out who has given their time and talents to Cats Cradle and their work.
Our through-line as a company is not found in our continued season or program planning, but instead is centered on how we work. By looking deeply at the underlying structures and practices in our industry, especially in the decision-making processes, Cats Cradle seeks to identify, investigate and develop new ways of working that align with and serve the needs of our community, and investing in a new generation of artists.
We believe that growth and change can only be found in transparency. Our promise is to remain as a living draft, constantly improving on ourselves and our processes to serve its artists and community. We welcome all thoughts, comments, and notes on our past work - which you can find here.