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Bleeding confusion

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By Lucinda Breeding

Sundown’s ‘Insatiable’ looks at culture’s taste for violence

What started as a video experiment turned into the latest offering from Sundown Collaborative Theatre in Denton.

Paul Vaughn created Insatiable Infatuation With Violence while making a video. A videographer by trade, Vaughn said he was cutting scenes of violence, concocting a macabre music video to the national anthem.

“And then it kind of grew from that,” Vaughn said. “I was like, ‘You know? This could be a play.’ So, kind of coming from that, I started trying to put a ground plan together and just kind of a basic outline on how that might look on stage as a mixed-media thing.”

Vaughn pitched the idea to Sundown’s board. The theater company has a history of producing devised theater — a form that begins with a broad concept or a theme instead of a script, then tells a story formed by the cast and directorial team.

Insatiable tells the story of a woman who is looking for justice after the murder of her brother. She’s not naive enough to expect satisfaction, but she’s surprised that people within the justice system hinder her and the ideal itself.

“Everything we’ve done this season has been an original devised piece,” said Sundown’s Tashina Richardson, the executive producer of the show. “And it was an interesting story. We do a lot of touching on things that are politically based or liberally based, but we hadn’t done something with as a broad of a point of view as this.”

Vaughn and Richardson said the play doesn’t condemn America’s fascination with violence (and its simultaneous discomfort with sexuality). It explores the culture’s craving for gore — or at least the bruises that signify conflict that is up close and personal. The story is told using dialogue, music, dance and video.

Performances are at 8 p.m. this Friday through Sunday and May 8-11 at Green Space Arts Collective, 529 Malone St.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors. For reservations, call 940-220-9302. Cash or check is preferred. A 50-cent processing fee is added to reservations made with credit cards.

For more information, visit www.sundowntheatre.org .