“Labor Keeps the Heart” TODD FRUGIA and MARRAKESH GLASSPOOL-FRUGIA are dedicated to exploring and strengthening the relationship between artist and audience by experimenting with the creative process and expanding the vocabulary of language and experience through live performance, installation, and video.
MARRAKESH and TODD FRUGIA formed ROOMS (their artistic collaboration) while attending Graduate school at Ohio University where they both received their MFA’s in Acting. Since its creation ROOMS has performed at the DEFIBRILLATOR Performance Art Gallery, Indianapolis Fringe Festival [2 times], Collaborations Festival at the Bailiwick, Apollo Studio Theater, Ohio University, Colorado College, and Lamar University. In 2009 ROOMS was awarded a Chicago Orgie Award for their production of Marguerite Duras’ The Malady of Death, and in March 2009 presented the Chicago premiere or Caryl Churchill’s new play Seven Jewish Children a play for Gaza. Todd and Marrakesh produce new video, performance, and installation art work monthly at their studio space, which is open once a month to the public for free during the Chicago Arts District 2nd Friday Art Walk, in Pilsen.