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Utopian Hotline
October 13th - October 15th, 2022 AZ Time
Online sale ends: 10/13/22 at 9:15pm AZ Time
MIX Center Enhanced Immersion Studio, #105
50 N Centennial Way
Mesa, AZ 85201
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Utopian Hotline is an in person, ticketed event
held at the Media and Immersive eXperience (MIX) Center in Mesa, AZ. This performance has cushioned seating on the floor with very limited chairs for anyone who needs it during the performance. Face coverings are required of all attendees at this event.

All ticket sales are ONLINE ONLY. There will be no in-person sales at the event. Please purchase tickets in advance. Guests who do not have a ticket at the door will be directed to purchase them online. Additional ticket service fees apply to every purchase.

Herberger Institute Complimentary Tickets: Eligible HIDA faculty, staff and students redeem their complimentary ticket(s) from this page. Click the 'Buy Tickets' button, select the desired number of tickets, then enter and apply your 10-digit ASU ID as the coupon code at checkout. For assistance, email hiboxoffice@asu.edu. 


A telephone hotline, a vinyl record, a performance.

Is anyone out there? Is anyone listening? Are we alone? In 1977, NASA launched the twin Voyager spacecrafts to try and answer these questions. Aboard both is the Golden Record, an artifact intended to communicate who and what we are. After 43 years and over 13 billion miles, this proverbial message in a bottle is the farthest human-made object from earth. If we were to send another message into the distant future, what message would we send?

To answer this, Theater Mitu created a public telephone hotline (646-694-8050) prompting people to leave messages to the future. These voicemails, along with messages from astronauts, astronomers, futurists, spiritual communities, and middle school students make up the source material for Utopian Hotline.


The Utopian Hotline is still open and receiving messages. Join us for an immersive audiovisual installation to reflect on the source material that makes up this work, and take a moment to dial the hotline and leave us a message. As this work tours the country, new voicemails will be continuously integrated into the fabric of the installation to bridge together the voices of all the communities we visit. 

The installation is FREE and for ALL AGES. It will be open to the public the following dates/times:

Thursday 10/6 - 1pm-5pm
Friday 10/7 - 11am-3pm
Saturday 10/8 - 11am-4pm
Thursday 10/13 from 3pm-5pm
Friday 10/14 from 3pm-5pm


Performed inside the installation space - small, limited audiences will gather, not in the darkness of a traditional theater, but underneath a 30ft projection screen, on a pink carpet, around a communal table, to re-imagine our shared future. Four performers tethered to audience members by headphones will musicalize and trismit these collected messages. Together, they will acknowledge coming into community as a radical action. An action that has consistently shaped this planet’s future. An action that reaffirms that someone is listening, that we are, in fact, not alone. 

Tickets are required for all performances. Performances are for AGES 14+ and will be held on Thursday, October 13th at 7pm and 8:30pm; Friday, October 14th at 7pm and 8:30pm; Saturday, October 15th at 12noon, 1:30pm, 5pm, and 6:30pm.


A Mitu Collaboration
Produced in Association with Octopus Theatricals

Utopian Hotline.
A Telephone Hotline. A Vinyl Record. A Performance.

Conceived and Created by Mitu

DIRECTED BY: Rubén Polendo

CREATED BY: Kayla Asbell, Denis Butkus, Cinthia Chen, Alex Hawthorn, Michael Littig, Dima Mikhayel Matta, Justin Nestor, Rubén Polendo, Scott Spahr, Corey Sullivan, Monica Sanborn, Isabella Uzcátegui, and Ada Westfall.

PERFORMED BY: Michael Littig, Shanga Parker, Monica Sanborn, and Ada Westfall

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH: SETI Institute, Arizona State University's Interplanetary Initiative, and Brooklyn Independent Middle School.

UTOPIAN HOTLINE WAS MADE POSSIBLE THROUGH THE SUPPORT OF The National Endowment for the Arts, New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of former Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, The New England Foundation for the Arts, The MAP Fund, The Foundation for Contemporary Art, Café Royal Cultural Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, The New York Community Trust and our generous individual supporters.

For Production Website click: Utopian Hotline Website

For Theater Company Website click: Theater Mitu

For Event Parking Information click: Downtown Mesa Parking

Items Not Allowed
No food or recording devices allowed.

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Event starts at 8:30pm
Doors open at 8:00pm

General Admission: $10.00
Student: $5.00


MIX Center Enhanced Immersion Studio, #105<br> 50 N Centennial Way<br> Mesa, 85201



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