The Universe is a Small Hat is a participatory electronic music theater work created by César Alvarez, which tells the story of a techno-Utopian space colony leaving Earth in order to form a new, more rational, civilization. The piece is designed as an entirely interactive and narrative game. Audience members are all enlisted as colonists and responsible for their own paths within the story. Through music, interpersonal engagement, tasks, systems and choices The Universe is a Small Hat explores the roles we play and the space we occupy in society and the universe. The Joe's Pub engagement is the first public performance of the music from this multi-disciplinary piece.
The evening features musicians: Daniel Alexander Jones, Molly Pope, Julie LaMendola, Sam Kulik, Eric Farber, Lorenzo Wolff, Chris Stromquist and Alvarez.
César Alvarez is a Drama Desk nominated composer, lyricist, performer and writer. His band, The Lisps, has released 4 albums and played hundreds of shows around the country since 2005. Recent shows include, FUTURITY (A.R.T, Walker Art Center, Mass MoCA); The Foundry Theater's Good Person of Szechwan (LaMaMa, Public Theater); Mac Wellman's 3 2's; or AFAR (Dixon Place), César is creating his participatory musical, The Universe is a Small Hat, in collaboration with director Sarah Benson and creative technologist Ivan Safrin. Small Hat has been developed by Berkeley Rep Ground Floor, Civilians R&D Group, PRELUDE and LMCC Process Space. César is developing his newest musical The Elementary Spacetime Show as part of a two-year Ars Nova Uncharted residency.