Plays with Films brings together texts of the final three productions of Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater at St. Mark’s Church-in-the-Bowery: Zomboid! (2006), Wake Up Mr. Sleepy! Your Unconscious Mind is Dead! (2007), and Deep Trance Behavior in Potatoland (2008).
In these three exhilarating & challenging works, Foreman turns to a meditation on the mechanical & digital reproductions of screen images within the discipline of theater, and thereby recalibrates & expands the potential relationship we can have with the live art of theater.
Extending the model of theater as a “reverberating machine,” Foreman’s use of film in these plays is intimately integrated into the complex network of impulse generators, creating an unprecedented experience of multi-dimensional scriptural space, a new kind of total theater that effectively recharges & redirects the issues of consciousness he has been exploring with indefatigable intensity since the establishment of his theater in 1968.
Plays with Films
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