Mallory Catlett – This Was The End


February 21 - March 8, 2014

Wednesdays thru Saturdays at 8pm*

*performance added - Sunday, February 23 at 7pm.

Mallory Catlett is a director and dramaturg of performance across disciplines from City Council Meeting – an experiment in performed participatory democracy (Houston, Tempe, NYC and soon in San Francisco & Keene, NH) to Beowulf - Banana Bag & Bodice’s musical bar room brawl, to Dread Scott’s performance installation - Dredd Scott: Decision (BAM’s Next Wave Festival), to upcoming new operas - Brother, Brother (Experiments in Opera 2014), The Wanton Sublime (AOP/Roulette 2014), The Scarlet Ibis (HERE/Prototype 2015) and Little Crimes (Restless/Vancouver New Music 2015). Her work has toured nationally and internationally to Australia, Canada, France, Ireland, UK and the Netherlands. She is an Assistant Professor at SUNY Stony Brook.

This Was The End is the 3rd work of Restless NYC - an on and off-site theatrical enterprise designed to excavate classical texts as a source of contemporary performance. To engage the past in a dialogue about its life in the present.

A performance in which four actors in their sixties (Black Eyed Susan, Paul Zimet, James Himelsbach and Rae C Wright) attempt each night to arrive at the end of Uncle Vanya – in a last ditch effort to alter the outcome. It uses the play to pose a question about how memory functions in the formation of the future. In Chekhov’s play, Vanya asks – “What if I live to be 60?” This Was The End performs an answer. What do we do with our past? What can we make of it?

Director: Mallory Catlett. Set Designer: Peter Ksander. Costumes: Olivera Gajic. Sound Designer/Performer: G. Lucas Crane. Video Designer: Keith Skretch. Technology Interaction: Ryan Holsopple. Choreography: Johanna Meyer. Lighting Designer: Chris Kuhl. Technical Director: Bill Kennedy. Stage Manager: Kelly Allen. Producing Consultant: Maedhbh McCullagh. Sound Engineer: Peter Mills Weiss.

Supported by: The Performing Garage Presents, Mabou Mines Suite, NYSCA Individual Artist Commission, Women’s Interart, Yaddo, AIM, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Fund, and New Georges.