Enormous



Enormous
Performed in Philly, Portland (the Casco Bay Cabaret) and Pittsburgh (The Quiet Storm)
Winter 2004

This solo suitcase theater show was part absurdist fiction (volcano-grazing beasts, glass dogs, one-eyed taxi drivers) part critique of the “non-profit industrial complex” (art organizations in particular). Accompanied by a violin, I narrated a tale that moved between the landscape and lives of the purple-suitcase inhabitants and a Meanwhile Closet, in which small boxes revealed other perspectives on the same exact moments. It featured a couple of well-meaning characters (No Holds Barbara and Rigatoni Danza) who start up a stargazing platform where tired people come to soak their eyeballs in a cleansing broth of mint and coconut milk. After a while, the couple begins to experience mission drift. Then, due to board recruitment trainings and a drive to keep themselves in business, they begin to sacrifice quality for quantity and eventually end up mixing up people’s eyeballs. Meanwhile, a neighbor sinks through her floorboards and transforms into a whale.

Photo credit: Somira Sao