THIS WAS THE END
Chocolate Factory (2014)
A performance in which four actors in their sixties (Black Eyed Susan, Paul Zimet, James Himelsbach and Rae C Wright) attempt each night to arrive at the end of Uncle Vanya – in a last ditch effort to alter the outcome. It uses the play to pose a question about how memory functions in the formation of the future. In Chekhov’s play, Vanya asks – “What if I live to be 60?” This Was The End performs an answer. What do we do with our past? What can we make of it?
Mallory Catlett is a director/dramaturg of performance across disciplines. Most recently she created and directed This Was The End with sound artist G. Lucas Crane at the Chocolate Factory and will open Experiments in Opera’s Brother, Brother by Aaron Siegel in May at Abrons Arts Center. Other cross disciplinary work includes: City Council Meeting (with Aaron Landsman and Jim Findlay), Banana Bag & Bodice’s (company member/director since 2005) Beowulf and visual/performance artists’ Dread Scott’s Dread Scott: Decision at BAM’s Next Wave. Her works have premiered nationally and internationally at HERE, PS. 122, Joe’s Pub, NYC; EMPAC, Troy; American Repertory Theater, Boston; Exit Festival, France; Noorderzon Festival, Netherlands; Les Escales Improbables, Montreal; Kilkenny Festival, Ireland; Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland; May Fest and Brigthon Festival, UK; Adelaide Festival, Australia. She is the artistic director of Restless NYC an on and off-site theatrical entity designed to excavate the classical repertoire as a source of contemporary performance – to engage the past in a dialogue about its life in the present. In January 2015 she will be directing the premiere of The Scarlet Ibis at the Prototype Festival in NYC.
G. Lucas Crane (sound/performance)
Keith Skretch (video)
Black-Eyed Susan, Rae C. Wright, Paul Zimet & James Himelsbach (performers)