Jack Benny (A Ménage En Train)

cabaret & variety · padua playwrights · Ages 21+ · world premiere · 1hr · United States of America

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We demonstrate an “impossible play,” an automaton, frustrating the desires for union, resolution, and cleanliness with an endless loop, with an analysis of performance while performing, archaeological and forensic. The actors have developed an attitude that performance is not a thing which one does, but is done upon one… performance as obligation, text as a set of confines, blocking as predictive behavior, repetition as torment and joy, with dissociation of text and meaning, riddles for the audience to puzzle, a lack of completion offering the openness of collaboration, frustrating the desires for union and resolution by an endless loop…

The lyric substance embraces obscurity — poets have no difficulty with that. And we declare ourselves to be makers of theater-poetry. We make darkness visible. Our mode, suggested partly by fascination with the work of proto-surrealists, is a sensical nonsense. A play must be an axe on the frozen sunlight within us. We demonstrate techniques poets have used, when thinking has become exhausted and destructive, to make a clearing for the future. The art of theater is a preeminently social art, a granular experience, in an audience, of what we need at large scale — effective radical reorganization.
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Directed by Juli Crockett
Created by Juli Crocket, Gray Palmer, & Guy Zimmerman
Produced by Gabrieal Griego & Guy Zimmerman
Starring Shaughn Buchholz, Juli Crockett, Jenny Greer, Gray Palmer & Brian Tichnell
Sound Designed by John Zalewski

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gabrieal griego *

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* Fringe Veteran

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