HENRY IX OR, NOBODY SAW ME NOBODY KNEW ME
A postmodern contemplation of James Ensor’s ‘The Skate’, Henry IX is a play in IV acts. A parody of Bartlett’s Charles III, after the tradition of Rowley and Heywood, it confronts the ennui and sentimentalism of the modern stage and society by questioning the neo-classical forms of modern consumerist Britain. Inspired by Ancient Egyptian love poetry, Ubu Roi, and Werner Herzog’s documentary “How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck”, it proposes a new comedy and new formalism as an answer to questions of the place of poetry in modern society.
A meditation on Goya’s ‘Asmodea’, Laslo retells the story of St. Ladislav set during the Battle of Baclava of the Crimean War. Through the eyes of Laslo, a young cook’s assistant tasked with protecting the companies prostitutes from stray dogs, we are confronted with questions of the meaning of power, sexuality, love and gender in the voice of a ‘grotesque’ realism.
THE CELEBRITY CHEF SUICIDES
A mannerist reimagining of Chekov’s The Cherry Orchard in the kudzu of rural Georgia, The Celebrity Chef Suicides follows the relationship of a mother and daughter obsessed with mumblecore movies, cooking shows, and vore subculture. Through their financial difficulties and their struggles with the disfigurations of a world which seems artificial and dissociated, the work deals with themes of family, celebrity worship, and suicide in a Bildungsroman, tragicomic setting.