© 2017 by Daniel Irving Rattner

PLAYS

Better: An Interactive Theater Piece

3w, 1m

 

Better explores the experience of recovery and relapse in an addiction treatment center. Audience members are invited to enter the New Beginnings Clinic, an inpatient rehab facility in the woods of Connecticut that uses a variety of therapeutic strategies to treat patients suffering from addiction. In addition to exploring their own coping mechanisms, participants are immersed in the stories of other patients at New Beginnings.

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Waiting for the Barbarians

1m

A man in a bar about to put on a play tells stories to stall as he waits for all of his guests to arrive. His struggle to fill the time leads him into a gay fantasia on authoritarian themes and coaxes the audience into exploring what it means to live in a liminal time. Adapted from the poem by C.P. Cavafy.

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The Holocene Extinction

2w, 2m

When Joan, a scientist studying extinction, receives a life-threatening diagnosis, she begins to research and re-construct her grandmother's life story to make sense of it. However, her own experiences, memories, and needs keep getting in the way. The Holocene Extinction is an inventive and playful exploration of the way we construct and remember our family history for our own purposes.

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O Where Are You Going?

3w, 2m

Sisters Mike and Kitty are home for their father's wedding, and neither is particularly happy about it.  Over the course of the evening, as they attempt to reconcile their strained relationship, they are confronted by forgotten figures from the past as well as unexpected visitors. A modern retelling of the Persephone myth, O Where Are You Going? looks at how we navigate that limbo between adolescence and adulthood.

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