THIS WAS THE ENDtheater
a remix of Chehkov’s Uncle Vanya for 4 actors over 60, the wall of the Mabou Mines Studio and a cassette tape DJ, that explores memory as the convergence of past and present.
Chekhov wrote in a naturalistic style; Ms. Catlett prefers a supernatural one. A meditation on memory and decay, “This Was the End,” . . . is less of a play and more of an apparition, a ritual, a haunting in one act.
Crtitics Pick - NY TIMES
“Built as a palimpsest over half-remembered scenes from Uncle Vanya, the video-rich work plays with old media and new, using a quartet of older actors to imply a performance that has been going on, somewhere, for decades.” - Crtitics Pick - Time Out NY
WATCH FULL SHOW VIDEO HERE
SET peter ksander SOUND & VIDEO MANIPULATION g lucas crane INTERACTION ryan holsopple VIDEO keith skretch LIGHTS christopher kuhl COSTUMES olivera gajic DANCE johanna meyer PERFORMERS black-eyed susan, jim himelsbach, rae c wright & paul zimet
The Chocolate Factory, LIC/NYC, 2014
Mabou Mines, 122CC/NYC, JUNE 7-17, 2018
Article about the Production:
Mallory Catlett (2019) This Was The End, Performance Research, 24:3,
Mallory Catlett (2019) This Was The End, Performance Research, 24:3, 99-107,
Mallory Catlett/Restless NYC’s This Was The End was oringally commissioned by the Chocolate Factory and was developed in part at Mabou Mines/Suite (2009-11) and the Performing Garage Presents (supported by The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, which is funded through Community Development Block Grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts; and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts) , Yaddo and Women’s Interart with funding from 2 NYSCA Individual Artist Commissions, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Emergency Fund, and AIM. The remount in 2018 at Mabou Mines was produced in associatin with piece by piece productions and funded by the Foundation for the Contemporary Arts.