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Creation Company

Ohio Theatre

The ’80s haven’t been a good decade so far for collaborative performance groups; today’s collective-oriented energy seems to have ended up in art rock bands. The Creation Company, founded in 1977 to produce performance/theater works that explore a crossover area between visual arts, video and film, music, dance, and poetry, is one of the few such groups active. Like its ’60s and ’70s inspirations, Creation operates as an ensemble in which permanent members (Matthew Maguire, Susan Mosakowski, and Vito Ricci) are joined by a flexible group of collaborators; the group’s most recent effort, The Commie Stories, was written and directed by co-artistic director Mosakowski, and included the collaborative contributions both of Creation members (Ricci’s atmospheric electronic-music score) and of actors and technicians participating only in this particular production.

As might be expected from Creation’s

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