Last weekend we rebroadcast the radio version of our last stage show, "The Invisible Made Visible." The full show was two hours long. We filmed it with seven cameras and sent it live into movie theaters. You can download or stream the video directly from our site, for five bucks.
It features all sorts of things that are way to visual to be on the radio: dance, animation, illustration, an interactive musical performance, photographs, a short film, and David Sedaris in clown makeup. Along with Sedaris, there are stories by the now-famous Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Ryan Knighton and David Rakoff. Lots of the stories are funny. David Rakoff's is particularly touching. He talks about the abilities he lost during his fight with cancer, and then, gracefully, beautifully, does a solo dance onstage. It was the last story Rakoff ever wrote for the radio show. He died three months later, in August, 2012. A bit of his dance is included in the trailer above.
OK Go provides music. Monica Bill Barnes & Company dance. Ira Glass tells a story using things he normally can't: photos. Mike Birbiglia casts Terry Gross in a surprising, hilarious little movie.
We're incredibly proud of this show and excited that more people can see it for just a few dollars. It's also available on DVD, for all you object fetishists and gift givers. Though you can actually gift the download, too.
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