Mabou Mines Vaudevisuals Interview

Vaudevisuals interview with Mallory Catlett – “This Was the End”

Restless NYC & Mabou Mines in Association with piece by piece productions


created and directed by Mallory Catlett

Text – Anton Chekov‘s Uncle Vanya

Rae C Wright (Yelena), Jim Himelsbach (Astrov), and Paul Zimet (Vanya) (Photo © Brian Rogers 2018)

Jim Himelsbach (Astrov), Rae C Wright (Yelena) and G. Lucas Crane (Tapes) (Photo © Brian Rogers 2018)

Black-Eyed Susan (Sonya) sits on the swing. (Photo ©Mike Bello 2018)

Video Excerpt from “This Was The End”

* * *

Mallory Catlett’s This Was The End is a multiple award-winning, multimedia reconstruction of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya that features four luminaries of avant-garde theater: Black-Eyed Susan as Sonya, Paul Zimet as Vanya, James Himelsbach as Astrov, and Rae C. Wright as Yelena.

# # # #

New York Times Critics Pick Review 6/10/2018

* * * *

For tickets go here!

* * * * *


Since 2004, director Mallory Catlett has worked across disciplines to expand the boundaries of theater. Through original works with her own company, Restless NYC, and collaborations with some of today’s leading artists — composer Mika Karlsson (The Echo Drift), Dread Scott(Decision), Aaron Landsman(City Council Meeting&Perfect City)—Catlett creates theater that The New York Times calls “lurid, feverish and powerful.” She has been called a “downtown treasure” byTime Out New York.
As part of their inaugural season in the newly renovated 122 Community Center, Mabou Mines is proud to co-produce a remount of Catlett’s This Was The End , a multiple award-winning, multimedia reconstruction of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya. In the play, Vanya asks, “What if I live to be 60?” In This Was The End, Catlett, along with four luminaries of avant-garde theater, answers that question to great and moving effect.
The cast includes Black-Eyed Susan(Ridiculous, John Jesurun, Obie for Sustained Excellence) as Sonya, Paul Zimet(Open Theater & Talking Band) as Vanya, James Himelsbach (Obie for The Foundry’s Talk) as Astrov, and Rae C. Wright (Obie for Sustained Excellence with The New York Street Theatre Caravan) as Yelena.
The Was The End is a visceral exploration of memory and aging, expressed in multiple ways. In addition to featuring actors over sixty, this encore engagement marks a return of This Was The End to the building, now transformed, where it was originally developed from 2009–2011 during the Resident Artists Program of Mabou Mines. The set, a long classroom wall complete with sliding chalkboards, is also the actual 7 x 14-foot wall from the original Mabou Mines studio in the historic schoolhouse. This relic was salvaged by Catlett and set designerPeter Ksanderbefore 122CC closed in 2013 for renovations.
The sound and video design of This Was The End features a score of voice and image that converge with the live performers. Keith Skretch’s video, which projects the wall onto itself, creates a temporal blur from which the past emerges and recedes. The sound design includes fragments of Chekhov’s text mixed live onstage by analog tape DJ and sound artist G Lucas Crane, who also manipulates the video as he plays, in a game that allows the performers to improvise with past versions of themselves.

“The result is a work of unparalleled technical integration,” said Helen Shaw inTime Out New York. “The whole thing functions as a musical sculpture, a wayback machine dedicated to the material quality of memory, the way it codes itself into grooves and fissures.”
Following its premiere in 2014 at The Chocolate FactoryThis Was The End received a Special Citation Obie Award, a Bessie award for best visual design and a Henry Hewes award for its interactive sound and video design. This Was The End was developed under the mentorship of the late Ruth Maleczech.
Since then, Catlett has continued to develop and re-imagine This Was The Endas an interactive sound and video installation that premiered March 20 at EMPAC in Troy, NY. This standalone installation is a work of portraiture that explores the ideas of memory and aging as a performative and architectural archive. Like the performance, the installation features the architectural façade of the original Mabou Mines studio in the 122CC building. The installation will be on view at the Mabou Mines Theater June 11-15, hours to be announced.
Rounding out the creative team for This Was The EndareOliver Gajic(costumes), Chris Kuhl(lighting), Ryan Holsopple(programming), Johanna Meyer(choreography), Bill Kennedy(technical director) andKelly Allen(Production Stage Manager).
Performances of This Was The End will take place June 7–16 at the Mabou Mines Theater (122CC, 150 First Avenue, Manhattan). Critics are welcome as of Thursday, June 7 for an official opening on Sunday, June 10 at 3 pm. Tickets, priced at $25, be purchased at or by calling 866-811-4111.
# # # # #
Coffeehouse Chronicles LaMaMa etc Performing Arts Photography Physical Theater Puppetry Story Teller Video Women


Coffeehouse Chronicles #131 – Mabou Mines

The afternoon event was broken into several different segments.

The first segment was titled “Genesis” – Moderated by Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer.

The second segment was titled “Collaborative Hive, hosted by Greg Mehrten with Lee Breuer, Bill Raymond and Karen Kandel.

The third segment was an excerpt from the performance “Imagining the Imaginary Invalid” performed by Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee.

The fourth segment was a panel discussion titled ‘Confederation of Warrior Ants’ moderated by Jessica Brater.

The panelist included  Sharon Fogarty, Karen Kandel, Lee Breuer, Maude Mitchell, David Neumann & Clove Galilee.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.13Bonnie Marranca with Lee Breuer during the Genesis Panel Discussion.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.46Karen Kandel talking about her work with Mabou Mines during the second segment.

“Collaborative Hive”, with Karen Kandel, Bill Raymond and Lee Breuer and hosted by Greg Mehrten.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.60“Imagining the Imaginary Invalid” live performance with Christianna Nelson and Clove Galilee.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.84(Left to Right) Burke Brown, Christianna Nelson, Jenny Rogers, Clove Galilee and moderator Jessica Brater.

2016.01.30_MabouMnes.106(Left to Right) Lee Breuer, David Neumann, Clove Galilee, Karen Kandel, Maude Mitchell and Sharon Ann Fogerty.

Coffeehouse Chronicles Personel:
Series Director: Michael Gamily
Educational Outreach: Arthur Adair
Sound Design: Tim Schellenbaum
Sound Technician: Hao Bai
Videography: Culture Hub
Social Media Editor & Photographer: Ryan Leach