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Antrobus & Gone  | Open: 08/13/11 Close: 08/28/11
part of THE COLLISIONWORKS 2011: AT THE ENDS (3 Terminal Plays)

Two one-act plays:


At the end of the world, or soon after, or soon before, as the ice rises and the food grows scarce, the six members of a “family” that has banded together for survival begin to turn on each other as the years of hardship, cabin fever, and resentment catch up with them, and neither the old or young members of the family are sure what to do next: stay still and avoid risk, or move forward and search for other people and ways of living in a changed world. The one thing they have to hold onto are the pages of a thick history book, telling the story of how the world came apart, which mysteriously comes apart itself every night and must be ritually restored, every single day . . .


At the end of a life, two dear old friends sit at a cafe table and reminisce. One of them will not be leaving. But before that, and before, during and after night falls, they will share, argue, debate, and discuss the details of their shared and separate lives, in a form of the English language that is nearly unrecognizable, made of almost nothing but portmanteau words and echoes of familiar sounds. But these sounds may become understandable and meaningful, if you really listen to them. But be careful how close you listen, as the pain is never far away.

ObJects  | Open: 08/11/11 Close: 08/28/11
part of THE COLLISIONWORKS 2011: AT THE ENDS (3 Terminal Plays)

At the end of the Nation, the United States is ruled by geographic/corporate fiefdoms that can't hold the place together anymore (and a practically non-existent government), with a populace so overwhelmed by technological future shock and infotaining bread & circuses that it has lapsed into near-catatonia, and can no longer actually DO anything anymore. One visionary, an eccentric capitalist diva, Mrs. Franklin -- founder and CEO of the Kronos Corporation -- secretly plans with brilliant young biohacker Miss Lee Lightfoot to create a "positive plague" -- a modified contagious disease that will infect the brains of US citizens and make them process the modern world better and faster (and make them once again better producers and consumers). The top dozen members of Kronos -- a collection of MBAs, surgically-modified psychics, backbiters, yuppies, and body servants -- debate the pros and cons of the plan, and try to figure out how to make their names and/or fortunes as part of it, as the disease turns out to have unexpected consequences . . .

Purchase  | Open: 11/11/13 Close: 11/23/13
Designed and directed by Ian W. Hill

Assisted by Berit Johnson

Performed by Alyssa Simon* and Anna Stefanic

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

In a United States, several decades hence, that seems to be operating in the manner and structure of a banana republic, Lady Stefanie Anderssen, a famous, wealthy pianist and outspoken liberal, is visited a dozen times over as many weeks by Colonel Simonette Allyson, representative of a leftist military faction bent on a coup, to see where she will stand in the upcoming revolution. As the visits progress, becoming more and more frequent and desperate (and partly hallucinated), their emotional, social, and psychic roles begin to meld, split, fight, and switch in a personal war that mirrors the external one simmering behind the opulent walls of Lady Anderssen's crimson public drawing room, both wars moving, inevitably, towards violence and death.

Purchase is a social study in the form of a character study, continuing and building on the form of Mr. Hill's recent plays, with a tighter, constrained focus on character here reminiscent of Genet's The Maids, Bergman's Persona, Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant, and the plays of Sarah Kane (with maybe a little bit of Sleuth). At the same time, it retains the qualities that Hill has admired in the films of Ken Russell, Nicolas Roeg, Peter Greenaway, and Michael Powell, transforming them into his own theatrical blend of gaudy visuals, vulgar emotions, obscure pop/rock music, dense wordplay, rigid structure, and dreamlike tonalities.

Purchase is an intellectual exercise embodied in the physical, the mind/body problem made present in light, sound, word, and flesh.

In one act with no intermission. Approximately 100 minutes.

The Strategist, Or: The Woman Of Some Virtue, Or: Before You Ever Heard Of It  | Open: 11/08/13 Close: 11/23/13
Performed by Cody Boccia, George Bronos, Angelina Cavallini, Ivanna Cullinan*, Melissa DeLancey, Linus Gelber, Ryan F. Johnson, Bob Laine, Amanda LaPergola, Dolores McDougal*, Michael McKim*, Matthew Napoli*, Leila Okafor, Timothy Roselle*, Rokia L. Shearin, Paolo Solis, Bill Weeden*, and Stephanie Willing

*Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

A modern Comedy of Manners, in the style of The Man of Mode or The Country Wife, only set in today's Brooklyn, with a cast of characters concerned with fashion, food, publicity, social media, social events, and, maybe, sex. The more things change...

In Williamsburg, the current beating heart of Brooklyn, and thus, the Heart of the World, with all eyes turned upon it, lives a Strategist, a young man like so many others in Williamsburg—cute, smart, charming, unemployed, living mostly on family money—but this one can make things happen: events, friendships, businesses, connections; he brings people financial and personal success, but none of it stays with him.
Now, Maxwell Kraft is at a crossroads. Unless he proves to his family that he is willing to at least show some “real” entrepreneurial spirit, the money tap will be turned off. At the same time, he has fallen for high-minded vegan activist Leaf Greenwife, and, as a known hustler and fabulist, he is having a hard time convincing her of his sincerity.
Over the course of one weekend, Kraft, his friends and wingmen, and assorted hangers-on and Brooklyn types – baristas, landlords, a dominatrix and her client, an Eastern-European plumber, and the Wilde-like celebrity tweeter Onan Fapwank, who speaks in 140-character epigrams – move from coffee shop to loft to artisanal beer garden as the strategies multiply, the relationships fragment and realign, a rich family shows up expecting a meat dinner as the vegan is wooed, expensive shoes are coveted and stolen, Ecuadorian Sloth Spit Coffee is served, and the streets outside are filled with hipsters on a zombie walk battling with a rival group of Revolutionary War reenactors. As will happen. It's Brooklyn.

The Strategist takes the old form of the Restoration Comedy and sets it among today's monied gadabouts and social aspirants, perhaps being better called a “Restoration Hardware” comedy.

In three acts with two intermissions. Approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes.