I Know You Are But What Am I?

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Haymaker

I Know You Are But What Am I? is a work in progress, based on Haymaker’s explorations of the Federal Budget in 2012. The piece was developed as part of a Network of Ensemble Theaters Exchange Grant.

The piece is exploring…

What if we didn’t mention the Federal Budget at all?

What it was only performed for 20 co-workers in their office?

What if they were on a plane?

What if the plane crashed in the ocean?

What if the audience was at the “enchantment under the sea” dance? What if we made a dance that focused on what drowning actually looked like?

What if Emily performed in a suit drenched in water?

What if we used the in-flight safety brochure as a point of entry for the audience? What if it was also something they could use to check out and check back in during the performance whenever they wanted? What if we put an entire chapter from Moby Dick on the back?

What if we treated the audience like they were in first class? What if we gave them first class packages so they could choose to block out senses (ear plugs, eye masks, breath fresheners)?

What if we built dioramas of apartment buildings and america and the grocery store?

What if we….

To learn more about the Exchange with PearlDamour, visit our Exchange blog at HelloAudience.wordpress.com.

This project is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.