Mark-n-Sparks: The Most Beautiful Home...Maybe
There is a mounting need for solutions to our national housing crises. Can art help us meet these challenges? The Most Beautiful Home… Maybe offers a nerdy and raucous vision for guaranteed housing. Hosted by chanteuse Zébra (a zebra), this multimedia, immersive performance juxtaposes housing data, Lyndon B. Johnson, and torch songs while time traveling through stories of Americans facing home insecurity, past and present. This interactive experience takes audiences on a fantastic sensurround journey to envision a future where everyone has a home. Created by Mark-n-Sparks (ashley sparks and Mark Valdez) and produced by the Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis, The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe grew from conversations with housing advocates, activists, developers, government workers, renters, and people facing home insecurity. This performance is part of a multi-year, multi-platform experiment by Mark-n-Sparks to influence housing policy through art and dialogue.
Mark-n-Sparks has also partnered with the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center (JACCC) and Sustainable Little Tokyo (SIT) for a day-long housing symposium on May 21, 2022 entitled, “Housewarming: Little Tokyo & Skid Row.”
“Funny, smart, tuneful.”
This performance is funded by the generous support of Fariba Ghaffari.
The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and additional support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The Most Beautiful Home…Maybe is also funded by the The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the New England Foundation for the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, MAP Fund, the Network for Energy Water and Health in Affordable Buildings, National New Play Network, Ford Theatres, the National Endowment for the Arts, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and individual donors.