LOS ANGELES — Machine Project is housed in a formerly unremarkable convenience store nestled in between a coffee shop and the Echo Park Film Center on Alvarado Street. On Saturday evening, I went there to experience a performance called “The Ship’s Recorder.” When some of the audience members, myself included, descended a spiral staircase to find seating at a theater underneath the storefront area, we landed right on stage. Already seated audience members and performers alike applauded us, for we had arrived. But where? And what was this theater in the basement of the 10-years-and-running Machine Project all about?
“I think about what we do as a very informal R&D lab for artists,” says Machine Project founder Mark Allen. “A lot of what we are invested in is working with people on new ideas and giving them a space, and then figuring out how to present to audiences.”
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