Ploys for Ensemble Glitz and Crisis Actors
Premiered May 2019
Presented at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, The Southern Theater (Minneapolis, MN), and North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC)
Created by Eric Larson
Collaborative Conspirators: Charles Campbell, Ed Euclide, Emily Gastineau, Sam Johnson, Meena Mangalvedhekar, David Melendez, and Noah Savoie
Developmental Performer: Neva Dalager
Performed by Kenzi Allen and David Melendez
Producers: Jo Kellen (HOTB), and Ryan Bockenhauer (The Southern Theater)
Work-in-progress showings of Ploys… were performed in LALA Fest 2018 at Hair + Nails Contemporary Art Gallery, and at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre.
Ploys for Ensemble Glitz and Crisis Actors finds something sinister buried between The Theatre and The Theater. The audience sits in the back row of a theater full of empty seats with nametags on them. Two performers use scrambled theatrical acting, text-based improvisation, and real-time conspiratorial thinking to celebrate the mental gymnastics of everyday life. Ploys takes a keen, empirical interest in the obvious truth!