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Produced by

Big in Belgium and REDCAT and Richard Jordan Productions Ltd and Summerhall and Theatre Royal Plymouth and Wunderbaum

Presented by

World Stage


Harbourfront Centre Theatre


April 26th, 2016 – April 30th, 2016

Awards & Nominations

Created by the company.


Inez van Dam lives and works in Rotterdam opposite the so-called “Buttplug Gnome,” a controversial public sculpture by contemporary American artist Paul McCarthy, whose work is known for satirizing mass media and consumerism. After receiving a US grant, Dutch theatre collective Wunderbaum brings Inez to LA to help her confront McCarthy and to develop her story as part of their residency.

The resulting work documents their journey and artistic process that explodes — sometimes very messily — into a debate on aesthetics and the politics and meaning of public art. (


Walter Bart Performer
Yannick Noomen Performer
Matijs Jansen Performer
Maartje Remmers Performer
Marleen Scholten Performer
Daniel Frankl Guest Actor

Creative Team

Maarten van Otterdijk Designer
Tobias Kokkelmans Dramaturge


Maartje van Doodewaard Business Manager
Catinca Tilea Production Manager
Josine Gilissen Sales
Josine Gilissen Press/Marketing
Eva van den Hove Education
Margreet Bergmeijer Manager