PROXIMITY

Posted on September 15, 2013 by Haymaker

 

We’re presenting Draft 3 of the Elektra Project on September 23rd. This will be a rough draft for the performances in early spring. We hope to see you there! (Photo by Allie Mullin – alliemullin.com)

We’ve been working on Elektra for over a year now. It’s become a loose adaptation of the Greek myth incorporating parts of Strauss’ operatic adaptation, hand-to-hand combat techniques, and stolen gems from our own families. At its core, we’re making a show about two things: family “training” and the love-hate relationship between a mother and a daughter. We’re also doing some things that may be uncomfortable for you.

Our interest in Elektra is about distance. From the beginning of this process, our approach has been to reduce the physical and psychological distance between our audience and the characters in this myth. We put ourselves in the shoes of Elektra, Clytemnestra, and Agamemnon. How would I axe my husband to death? Literally. How would I hold the axe and what would it feel like? Why would I want to do that? What if I wanted to kill my mother every single day for 10 years? What would that feel like? Why would I want to? How would my mother endure this? The more we change our perspective to the first person, the more this “myth” looks and feels like us.

WARNING: You will stand in this version. You might be physically touched at the performance. You may be asked to hold a weapon. We will be close to you, possibly even speaking so close you can smell our breath. Needless to say, the perspective we have on the piece is that you should be closer to it. Always closer.

We’re not writing this to scare you away. But what we’re doing and how we’re asking you to participate will not be like a normal theater show. We’ll be testing the structure of the piece, design ideas, text, and you. Yes, you. You might be uncomfortable, you might not like it. But we want to be clear about our purpose. It’s a question of proximity: How close do we need to get to understand their actions?