Thank You For Coming: Play
Apr 14–15, 2017
“I aim for an immersive world of sensorial complexity and perceptual disorientation.” – Faye Driscoll
“Ms. Driscoll is fascinating in that she makes such utterly original work. It doesn’t look like anything you’ve ever seen before, nor can you imagine thinking it up.” – Roslyn Sulcas, The New York Times
How does language define and reduce our lived experience?
This semi-fictional collective autobiography explores “who we are” as mythically urgent and elusively empty. Play lays bare the dual experience of self and the performance of self; of being among and being alone; of communion and alienation. Mouths and bodies say one thing while words say another in a strange and delightful meditation on the social nature and corporeal faltering of language.
For the second installment of her Thank You for Coming series, Driscoll uses the ritual of storytelling to explore our human reliance on stories to relate to one another and form identities as individuals and citizens. Play focuses on the shadows, gaps, repetitions and stutters between what we say and what we do while we say it. In this strange and enthralling collage of gesture, image, voice, and persona, where the physical and aural exist in a slippery relationship, performers ventriloquize, shape-shift and speak through and for each other.
*The performance on Apr 14 will feature a post-show conversation with the artists.
**The performance on Apr 15 will feature audio description for patrons who are visually impaired.
$20 general / $14 member
$15 student and 25-and-under
Conception and Direction Faye Driscoll Choreography and Text Faye Driscoll in collaboration with the performers Performed by Sean Donovan, Faye Driscoll, Lindsay Head, Paul Singh, Laurel Snyder, Brandon Washington / Original Cast: Alicia OhsBuy Tickets
Thank You for Coming: Play is made possible, in part, by the New England Foundation for the Arts National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by Creative Capital’s MAP Fund, which is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Thank You for Coming: Play is a project of Creative Capital.
Photo: Whitney Brewer