THE PURPOSE OF MATTER IN THE UNIVERSE (THE GEOGRAPHY OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN)

Genre: Solo Performance
Written and performed by Joe Hutcheson, directed by DB Levin

How can a person face a new life when he can't get rid of the baggage from the old; especially while paralyzed by obsessiveness, crippling fears of failure, death, loss, inadequacy and just not fitting in? Such is the situation Joe finds himself in as he prepares to uproot his comfortable (if not altogether happy) existence in California for a new life in Florida.

Eschewing a plane ride, he takes a road trip cross-country, but finds himself suffering emotional meltdown almost before he gets started. Seeing a long and endless road with nothing but emptiness and despair stretched out before him, he must look deep inside himself to learn perhaps the one true axiom when it comes to life - sometimes you wonder and other times you just don't know. And all we can do every day is the best we can. Along the way, he is joined by several travel mates, including his born-again mother, his pill-popping step-mother, some old classmates, and his lesbian soul mate. His adventure culminates in a rather interesting encounter in a techno gay bar in Nashville, Tennessee.

More than a monologue, The Purpose of Matter in the Universe is a multi-media event, combining video and film projection, a slide show, music and other audio elements to take the audience along on this literal and emotional journey.

Part of the Eighth Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival

Open:   07/27/07
Close:   08/04/07

Schedule:
Friday, July 27th at 6pm
Sunday, July 29th at 4:15pm
Thursday, August 2nd at 8:45pm
Saturday, August 4th at 6:15pm
Theater:   Stage Left Studio
Address:   214 West 30th Street
New York, NY 10018
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Conveniently located between 9th and 10th Avenues, near the Port Authority and Penn Stations A, C or E line.

Cost:$15.00, $10.00 Students and Seniors
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