William Moulton's R/evolution. Photo courtesy of R/evolution.
Does the future scare you? It should if you’ve paid attention to any of the dystopian movies, books, and television shows that clog our media channels. The future they paint seems distinctly unpleasant — dismal, war-ravaged, and filled with evil, authoritarian governments. The cause of all this agony? Us. Through ignorance, carelessness, and passivity, humanity will wreak unimaginable horrors on itself.
“R/evolution,” a two-act musical with book by William K. Moulton and M. M. De Voe and lyrics, music, and dance by Moulton, tackles head on why, exactly, humans can’t forge a brighter future than these nightmare scenarios. Moulton posits it is our emotions — not the safe, small ones like delight and annoyance but the big, all-encompassing ones such as rage and euphoria — that precipitate our past and future miseries. These feelings cause individuals and societies to act in reckless ways, our rational thoughts unable to quell our inner tumult. Moulton says, “Our own survival is in question. It will continue to be because of the crazy, emotional lives we live.”
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