press: An Opening: Felipe Steinberg by Francesca Fuchs (link)
This event was conceived around an area near my former studio in Houston that encompasses three sites—an encampment of temporary domiciles erected in 2016 by people living under the highway 59 spur; the storefront “labor hall” of Pacesetters Personnel Services, a company that negotiates temporary work between employers and laborers, which rented a building one block away from the encampment in view of it later that year (2016); and the Playhouse Theater, designated as a historic landmark and currently closed. On Saturday, August 25, 2018, from 5-7 pm, the Playhouse Theater, three blocks away from Pacesetters, was reopened for a one night only event by me. The theater has been described as the first theatre in the round in the US to be ever built (1951). In 1997 it was modified into a pseudo proscenium arch resulting in a new seating capacity--80 seats were simply concealed below the boards of the new stage area. That Saturday, 80 temporary employees were hired as actors from Pacesetters Personnel Services--a company which, according to its advertisements, “recruits, dispatches and transports workers for temporary general labor assignments”--to perform (in) an opening that was staged at the Playhouse.