Playing House: This Home Theater Festival Looks Cool


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Lily Taylor and friends turn a house into a theater tonight.
The idea started as a call to action in San Fransisco: Stop fronting the money for a traditional theater space and instead use your house, open it to the public and have the performance art equivalent to a garage band gig. It was wildly successful. Roadside theaters sprung up around the city and the same way that pedestrians would stop for a yard sale, they halted, turned and watched art. This idea grew and morphed into the International Home Theater Festival; now there are 72 performances scheduled in 12 cities and five countries.

Local musician/performer/organizer Lily Taylor is giving Texas a pin on the global IHTF map by hosting this evening's Denton installation. Running from 9 (sharp) until 11 p.m., the LT Box Theater (also known as the Jackrabbit, also known as a house on Moncayo Drive) is not only opening its garage, but also its interior doors for a highly interactive experience that moves from room to room. Local composer Martin Back is leading a music-making session; it's meant to by hyper-inclusive, so don't sweat it if you lack instument know-how -- just hop in there. Also on the bill are "parlor performances" by Johnathan Jackson and Andrew Miller, Lily Taylor and Darcy Neal, Martin Back, and the group How I Quit Crack, as well as a video installation by Sean Miller.

Arrive between 8:30 and 9 p.m.; Look for the lights on Moncayo Drive or email lily.taylor.music@gmail.com for an exact address. There's a suggested donation of 1 to 5 bucks at the door, so tip your hostess.

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This Home Theatre Festival sounds like a marvellous idea. It is easy to imagine why it became such a hit. It is a creative way to encourage people to every now and then to get away from the comforts of their living room and see real art performed live.

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