"Rocks Karma Arrows," a multimedia theater piece that explored some of the disturbing history of race and class in Boulder, was performed in July 2009 in the ATLAS Black Box Studio.
The performance, directed by ATLAS artist-in-residence Kirsten Wilson, was sponsored by the City of Boulder as part of the community’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Although the piece focused on the 150 years of history since Boulder was founded, the context for the drama was a larger flow of history from when Boulder was once covered in an ancient, shallow sea.
Historical figures such as the Southern Arapaho Indian Chief Niwot tell their stories of the early founding of Boulder and, in Niwot’s case, his death following the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864.
Interviews with local historians and Buddhist monks were woven with historical photographs and film. The images took over 180 degrees of the Black Box theater space, immersing the actors into the history.