This Was the End

Mallory Catlett / Restless NYC

Monday, March 19, 2018
March 19–20, 2018

This Was The End is a multimedia performance inspired by canonical Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. In the play, Vanya asks, “What if I live to be 60?” This Was The End answers that question through a story told by four actors in their 60s. Director Mallory Catlett is in residence at EMPAC with sound designer G. Lucas Crane and video designer Keith Skretch to develop their theatrical production into a multimedia installation about memory and time.

Like the performance, the new installation features the architectural façade of the original Performance Space 122, an iconic NYC arts institution, to physically frame and contextualize Catlett’s adaptation. She and her collaborators will activate the historic façade with video and sound from their theatrical production, drawing viewers into the installation to investigate what came before, what is now, and what might be.

NOTE: Both the performance and installation are being presented as works-in-progress. As such these events are FREE!

performance / opening

March 19, 2017 at 7:30PM
G. Lucas Crane will perform live sound inside the space.

installation / onview

March 20, 2017 at 1–5PM.

Ashley Ferro-Murray

Mallory Catlett is a New York-based creator and director of performance across disciplines. She is the Artistic Director of Restless NYC whose production of This Was The End won an Obie Award. Other works include City Council Meeting, a regional theater experiment in participatory democracy and multimedia music theater piece Red Fly/Blue Bottle that performed at EMPAC in 2010. She has shown her work in New York City at Here, Performance Space 122, Abrons Arts Center, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

G. Lucas Crane is a sound artist and performer from Brooklyn, NY. Major projects include the psych-rock band Woods, the cassette-collage project Nonhorse, and the experimental theater of Performance Thanatology.

Keith Skretch is a New York-based video designer whose work has been shown at the Brooklyn Academic of Music, REDCAT, The Old Globe, MCA Chicago, and Performance Space 122.

Footage and original content developed with Black-Eyed Susan, Jim Himelsbach, Rae C. Wright and Paul Zimet, set designer Peter Ksander, and costume designer Olivera Gajic.

This Was the End: Opening Performance
This performance is a Work-in-Progress.
Studio 1—Goodman
March 19, 2018, 7:30PM
This Was the End: Installation
This installation is a Work-in-Progress.
Studio 1—Goodman
March 20, 2018, 1PM5PM

Foundation for the Contemporary Arts, Creative Opportunity Fund