Dead Sometimes - Project Artaud San Francisco, june 27-30, 2018
Performance by Howard Fisher, Kathryn Crim and Anne Walsh
Developed by Jocelyn Saidenberg, Howard Fisher, Kathryn Crim and Anne Walsh Working from text by Camille Roy Directed by Jocelyn Saidenberg
“Dead Sometimes” was the rearticulation, condensation, and abstraction in movement and repetition of Camille Roy’s 1993 play Sometimes Dead is Better.
Collaborating with actors Kathryn Crim and Howard Fisher and with direction from Jocelyn Saidenberg, we built upon our earlier live reading of Roy’s play over a month-long residency at San Francisco’s Project Artaud.
Using improvisation that set limits and generative constraints with regard to space, duration, rhythm, and force, we developed miniature scripts from Roy’s original play and new material Roy contributed based on our evolving work. Adding movement, voice, props and costume, we produced “Dead Sometimes,” a string of scenes bound as distinct units by a logic of movement and repetition. Each of these scenes represents the genesis of relation, but relation which is often frustrated or compromised, rent by grief of loss. Sometimes they approach allegory, the moment when uttered language overlaps with a social interaction to produce the fiction of personhood.
Sometimes Dead is Better
Poet’s Theatre at Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive October 14, 2017
Written by Camille Roy Directed by Jocelyn Saidenberg
A play in Five Acts.
The year is 1999.
The action takes place in a hospital room.
Philip: A retired architect, on his death bed - Howard Fisher
Nurse: his nurse - Hannah Ehrlinspiel
And Three Dead Queens:
Red Queen - Anne Walsh
Queen of Whores - Tonika Sealy-Thompson
Drag Queen - Kathryn Crim