Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Filmmaker Hal Hartley and Fandor’s Ted Hope in person!
Twenty-one monologues, written by some of the nation’s most exciting playwrights (including Neil LaBute, Danny Hoch, Dan Dietz, Marcus Gardley, and more) form a sort of fractured portrait of the American collective psyche. Ranging from the sad to the hilarious, from the angry to the tentatively celebratory, many of the major and recurrent issues associated with our fraught but beloved union are reconsidered with elegance, wit, a sometimes brutal honesty, and a little outright insanity.
Originally commissioned by Center Stage (the State Theater of Maryland) filmmaker Hal Hartley set these widely varied subjects in one big rehearsal studio, making use of little but the actors themselves, a chair, the windows, and an upright piano.
A big room, twenty-one voices, and one kind of portrait of… US.