Set in the year 2047, this piece grapples with themes of corporatized media, an elite political sphere, advanced technology, prisons, and the governance of public opinion. More…
Agnus is an odd man in both appearance and personality. Cryptic and volatile after being accused of the murder of a California Governor, Agnus undergoes a series of interviews by a state appointed psychologist to determine his fitness to stand trial. Spoken Word Hip-Hop Theater Artist Ise Lyfe and Google Tech Writer Matt Werner collaborated to write and produce this futuristic political drama.
"Finds strength in its political voice...However, these important themes are sometimes lost in 'Agnus’s' unfocused plot...The creative team makes the most of the intimate Lion Theatre, using staging techniques, lighting, and projection design to make the production feel grand and evocative...There are elements of brilliance tucked away in an ambitious script and characters worth exploring, but these elements are intertwined with a story that often feels both unfinished and unfulfilling." Full Review
See it if You are interested in the future of American politics and the criminal justice system, or discussions of how we treat criminals in society
Don't see it if You are looking for a 100% polished play. This piece is as much about the message and intent as it is about the dialogue
See it if You enjoy well crafted new plays bu emerging talent. I thoroughly enjoyed this show, which was carefully constructed and skillfully mounted.
Don't see it if You dislike political dramas, strong language, and dystopian themes. I see this play as a work in development, but aren't they all.
See it if you want to open your mind to where we may be going with all that is happening today. Brilliant writing and the cast is very good.
Don't see it if you cannot open your mind to possibilities of the future based on all that is afoot today. Disturbing moments may not be for all.
See it if The story was good at time a little slow. The actor was good. It held my interest and the end was something I did see coming.
Don't see it if You have to be open to different experiences.
See it if You want to see a new and inprogress play about near a future dystopian society very similiar to our own. You're a fan of Ise Lyfe.
Don't see it if You are looking for a musical or show for young children.
See it if You like "black mirror", it felt a lot like an episode of that show, joined with politics and criminal justice.
Don't see it if If you dislike any of the things mentioned above, want to see a comedy or expect a show/ story with no kinks .
See it if You enjoy off-beat, innovative plays that focus on the political, legal, and newsworthy aspects of our lives, set in a futuristic milieu.
Don't see it if You don’t like abstract themes- You think we are doomed- You don’t like intense drama
See it if As expected, a strong political satire. Quite odd and experimental inducing enough chuckles here and there.
Don't see it if Perplexing progression of events with an unconventional vision. Not really a haha or a moving piece but an intriguing one
See it if / to immerse yourself in a futuristic world we could find ourselves in if we're not careful, not unlike the Black Mirror TV series.
Don't see it if you expect all elements to come together. Uneven acting and not-specific-enough writing make this an undercooked experience.
See it if Entry level procedural set in high tech future; think a CSI episode written at Google, despite interesting moments over plotting defeats
Don't see it if Despite all the government surveillance & AI techno (it's 2047), its a comfort to know human venality & revenge will still win in the end
See it if you are curious about the status world in 2047 seen through the eyes of a bizarre character on trial for his life.
Don't see it if a study of a strange and insane character other than Donald Trump is not your cup of tea.
See it if You like experimental multi-media, futuristic, hodge-podge, not sure what happens next, not sure what just happened, murder mystery
Don't see it if You like to leave the theater satisfied
See it if You like futuristic dystopian subjects, not sure a different story is told here that sets it apart, but the premise is there
Don't see it if You want to be entertained, the pacing is tough, the actors struggled to move around an awkward set, it wasn’t ready for this stage yet
See it if you want to see a poor man's "1984", with a rather silly premise, far too many characters, and not nearly enough cuts to the mundane script.
Don't see it if you expect a polished, professional production or an original dystopian story. [The interminable courtroom scene is illogical & ridiculous.]
See it if you blame “the government” for a general sense of malaise but can’t form a cohesive argument against any specific policy
Don't see it if you don’t want to be reminded of the long, self-satisfied plays people wrote in college; you’re not moved by a lot of unfocused anger
See it if An angry, annoying, confusing yell-fest of unsympathetic characters going nowhere with considerable energy and sadistic fervor.
Don't see it if Like good surrealism? (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Trial, Invitation to a Beheading, Diary of a Madman) Sorry, this won't do it for you.
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