'Detroit Dealers' Explores the Impact of the Automobile Industry
Carter, Alice T, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Theater long has been recognized as the most collaborative art form.
Dutch theater makers take that collaboration to a new level, says Walter Bart, an actor and theater maker with Wunderbaum, a Rotterdam- based group that creates drama using location-based themes and an exploration of sub-cultures in society.
"Actors have been (creating theater) in collectives since the '70s and '80s," Bart says. "They direct themselves, and everybody is responsible for creating the whole show. We write (the script) ourselves.We direct ourselves."
What's produced, Bart says, is a theater piece that's a total art work.
Their latest play, "Detroit Dealers," will have its world debut Thursday, as an offering of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust's Distinctively Dutch Festival.
Bart and company member Maartje Remmers will perform the work with a special appearance by Rosemarie Wilson, a Detroit native who is a poet, writer, advice columnist, singer, actress and advocate for integrity and fidelity.
"Detroit Dealers" is a dramatized documentary that incorporates music into a story of Bart's grandfather, Arie Bart, who, in the 1950s, owned a car dealership in the Dutch town of Hilversum.
While on a business trip to General Motors in Detroit, he became romantically involved with an American soul singer. …