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The Navigator

This in an interactive steampunk play held at the Goat Farm. If you have been there, say for the Living Walls party, you know how cool this event is going to be.

Adapted and Directed by Michael Haverty
from the STEAMPUNK novel by Eoin McNamee
September 26 – October 13
at The Goat Farm Arts Center
Thursday – Saturday 8 PM
Sunday 7 PM

The Goat Farm Arts Center proudly presents the 7 Stages production of THE NAVIGATOR.
An interactive adventure through time – to save the future!

7 Stages production tells the story of Owen, a young boy whose life is upended when time begins to flow backwards and his family and friends disappear. The audience follows Owen over the grounds of The Goat Farm Arts Center, a major visual and performing arts center in West Midtown Atlanta, beautifully renovated into a series of indoor and outdoor performance spaces. Caught in the middle of great battles, dodging the magnetic guns of insect-like helicraft, and chased by grotesque, giant body puppets, audience members are blended into the performance, and treated as fellow soldiers and friends by the cast.

A large-scale, interactive theatrical spectacle for brave children and thrill-seeking adults, based on the young-adult fantasy adventure novel, The Navigator by Eoin McNamee, combines puppetry, video and shadow projection, live performers and music, and roving set pieces on a twelve-acre nineteenth century munitions factory, transformed into multiple theatrical environments.

Director Michael Haverty has put together an amazing creative team of performance, design, music, puppetry and video artists. Creating extraordinary characters, eccentric steam-punk devices, amazing air and sea battles, and a race through the frozen North to the center of the earth, The Navigator is a heart-pounding, dazzling fantasy that celebrates the power of courage and friendship.

You are highly encouraged to purchase Tickets in advance. They are 6.48 each and will be held at Will Call, see link below

https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=846426dca8ad2f455a189bb92d227329


Statement from Del Hamilton

It’s my great pleasure to introduce you to yet another fabulous and inspiring performance: a world premiere of Northern Irish writer Eoin McNamee’s The Navigator. Because you have previously expressed your support of 7 Stages’ activities, I thought this particular project would catch your fancy. Director Michael Haverty’s statement gives more details about the show and how you can become involved. I sincerely hope you will join me and Faye Allen as Producers. We are looking for a group of folks willing to make contributions of $500 to $1,000. For this production only, we are also adding a Producer category for those who can contribute less, so if you can join our group by contributing $250 we will match you with someone else who also wishes to be part of the team. Everyone who joins will get Opening Night tickets in addition to the other benefits detailed in the attached packet. I sincerely hope you will consider providing your spiritual and financial support by becoming a Producer of the performance.

Sincerely,

Del


Statement from Michael Haverty

Del Hamilton first handed me a copy of Eoin McNamee’s novel ‘The Navigator’ nearly two years ago, with a sly smile and an offhand comment that it might make a good play if adapted. Fast forward to August, 2013 - an enormous cast and crew are preparing for the start of rehearsals. Steam-punk costumes and nightmarish puppets are being built, enormous sheets of fabric are being transformed into shadow screens, actors are learning lines, and the good folks at the Goat Farm Arts Center in West Midtown Atlanta are preparing the nine off-site locations we will transform into oceans, arctic wastes, abandoned fortresses and time tornados.But, none of this would be happening were it not for a simple story about a boy with no friends, a struggling single mom, and a nagging sense that his life was meant for more. The brilliance of the novel is that it wows and surprises you with dynamic settings, characters and action, while at the same time focusing on that most intriguing subject for art: the human heart. Specifically, the heart of a boy whose world collapses around him, and who must FIGHT to save his future, and the future of those he loves.As a young high school student, I often struggled to make friends and would spend hours alone in my room daydreaming fantastic adventures where my life meant something more, where I was needed, where my actions could make real change. Now, as Associate Artistic Director of 7 Stages, my job is to make dreams become reality, and to help develop the next generation of artists and audience members through powerful, engaging works of the imagination. ‘The Navigator’ is a project that will not only thrill, but is a call to action for all who are young at heart, to take the role of leadership and act for the common good. That this story is told through the eyes of a young boy, with all the confusion and hope and fear that a child on the cusp of adulthood experiences; this is what touches my heart, and what I hope will touch yours as you experience his extraordinary journey alongside him.Won’t you please consider joining our team and donating to this production? I’m including some images of our costumes and puppets so you can see the magic that is being made right now! With a donation of $100 or more you'll receive a free invitation to our Supporters Salon on opening night, with special guest Eoin McNamee from Ireland! You'll also receive a special limited edition poster from designer Erik Teague. Any amount you can share will help us to pay the talented designers, performers, and technical artists we have gathered for your benefit. The show opens September 27th – become a part of it NOW!

 Looking forward,

Michael

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  • Jim B.

    This is an amazing experience. You are truly in the play.

    September 27, 2013

  • Jim B.

    As Sheila has noted, this Friday and Saturday performances are sold out. If you do not have tickets already, you will have to go another night. We are considering another hosted night in the near future.

    Here is a bit of a Q&A with the producer:
    BANG! The concept of audience participation highlights the focus on friendship and courage in The Navigator. Could you elaborate on that?

    Michael Haverty The audience will be in charge of leading attacks on the Harsh, healing wounded soldiers, and finding important clues to propel the plot. The audience is split up into multiple groups to take charge of different aspects of battles and journeys. Through the active nature of the play, we intend to form teams from our disparate audience members, sharing in the action that propels the plot forward

    September 23, 2013

  • Sheila C.

    Friday is sold out. :-( But I talked to 7 Stages and was able to get tickets for Saturday. He'd just had a return a few minutes before I called! :-) So, I'll see everyone on another event. Have a great time Friday!

    September 23, 2013

    • Ted F.

      Oh crap! Well I won't see anyone there either. I may have to be out of town anyway, sadly. Thanks for the info Sheila.

      September 23, 2013

    • Sheila C.

      Sure. Friday and Saturday were the only nights sold out this morning. So, there's opportunity to see it on other evenings.

      September 23, 2013

  • Sheila C.

    This sounds so cool!

    September 23, 2013

  • Jim B.

    Shout out for 'The Navigator' in the Wall Street Journal. Thanks, Mary Rose!

    'I'd like to get down to Atlanta to see the 7 Stages production of "The Navigator," a large-scale, interactive spectacle based on the young-adult fantasy novel by Eoin McNamee. I don't know the book so well, but the piece has been adapted and directed by Michael Haverty, an artist I have my eye on.'

    From The GoatFarm

    September 16, 2013

  • Ted F.

    Oh, no doubt. This sounds wild and creative and completely current and unique... AND, it's by Seven Stages? Great idea!

    September 3, 2013

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