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Notes on Found (2012) Found, featuring the remarkable Peggy Blow and with cinematography by Jeffrey Atherton, completes a triptych that also includes Snout and Djinn. In these hybrid media piece we’re attempting to excavate a liminal, Bardo-type space in digital media to see what can happen there. I like the variety of the three pieces, but also the continuities between them, and how liminality shows up thematically in the texts as well as in the visual treatment. Found, for example, is interested in how permeable we are, how encounters with strangers can haunt and even alter us. Found also shines light on the resilience and forbearance of black Americans in the face of the profound structural racism that continues, demonically, to play … [Read more...]

Djinn

About Djinn (2011) Close to a year ago I posted a longer dramatic monologue called Snout. I recall being anxious about deploying creative work in the TQ space, where I had been posting thought pieces on culture, but the experiment seemed interesting to readers, a welcome complication to the line of posts I had made. Djinn, presented below, is a companion piece to Snout and part of a triptych I expect to complete in the next few months. Djinn looks at the reductive power of a name, the trap of a name. The djinn in the piece is a trapped party girl, but also a deity figure - a djinn or genie. The element of nostalgic reflection in Djinn does make it seem like a fitting piece for this time of year, and I think its environmental themes … [Read more...]

Snout

About SNOUT (2008) I tend to find “one person shows” somewhat deadly. The deadliness is not rooted in the banality or the narcissism that have characterized many (but not all) such spectacles. What I have always objected to most is how inert and unexplored the theatricality often is. For me, as for many people who work in theater, the stage is really a big deal – a sacred space – and it’s really not good to just plunk something down in that space and simply uncap it. I have always thought that most one-person shows would be vastly improved by simply placing on stage a second person, a listener. Suddenly, there’s tension, a sense of danger and also allure. The question, what will happen?, begins to animate the moments as they pass. By the … [Read more...]