Made in USA | Who Left This Fork Here
16-17 NOV 2016
If you were asked to recall a single prop from Chekhov’s "Three Sisters", might it be the fork that appears at the end of the play? A subversive performance which sheds light both on the liminal state of Chekhov’s heroines and on a new theatricality.
“Please do not walk on the cakes!” You probably didn’t expect to hear that just before a performance of the Three Sisters, but that’s precisely how this 56-minute performance starts from the eminent American director and star of New York’s independent scene, Daniel Fish.
An experimenter of genius with a body of works to his name which straddles theatre, film, opera and essay, Daniel Fish has forged a conceptual theatre which sacrifices none of its vivacity or emotivity, no matter whether he’s directing a classic play by Shakespeare or Molière, a single scene from a screenplay–as he did with Charlie Kaufman’s Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind, or fragments from novels by Jonathan Franzen and David Foster Wallace.
Who Left This Fork Here (2015) is a wired, on-stage dissection of Act Three of Chekhov’s Three Sisters which features three outstanding performers of different ages–each of whom has a bizarre but clearly specified ‘mission’ to perform among the towers of fantasy cakes, cameras and technicians wandering on and off stage bearing neon lamps, chairs, cables, cameras and microphones.
So are the three performers playing Masha, Olga and Irina? Maybe. The only certainty, however, is that this subversive performance conjures up an electrified stage poem which illuminates both the liminal state of its Chekhovian heroines and a new theatricality.
Concept and Direction: Daniel Fish
Set, Video, Sound: Jim Findlay
Original Lighting: Christopher Kuhl
Lighting Recreated by: Devin Cameron
Additional Music: Bobby Previte, Philip White
Costumes: Terese Wadden
Production Manager: Jeff Larson
Assistant Directors: Ben Hoover, Ashley Tata
Sound Recording: Stephen Bruckert
Performers: Jenny Bacon, Valda Setterfield, Auden Thornton
Who Left This Fork Here
was developed in residency at Baryshnikov Arts Center (BAC), in 2012 and 2014, and through a MacDowell Colony Fellowship. It premiered at BAC in 2015.
Wednesday 16 November
After performance talk with Daniel Fish
Chaired by Grigoris Ioannidis, theatre critic and assistant professor of Drama Studies, University of Athens
Friday 18 November
Workshop with Daniel Fish
18 Nov 2016
Cost: 6 €
Meeting Daniel Fish