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Vaudevisuals interview with Mallory Catlett – “Decoder: Ticket that Exploded”

MONDAY JULY 8th, 2019, 9:00 pm

Restless Productions, an Obie and Bessie Award-winning theater company led by director Mallory Catlett, presents ‘Decoder: Ticket that Exploded‘, the second installment of their multimedia-infused trilogy based on William Burroughs‘ NOVA series which predicts our current online life.

Created and directed by Mallory Catlett

Performed by Jim Findlay and G Lucas Crane

Sound and video manipulation by G Lucas Crane

Video by Keith Skretch

Interaction design by Ryan Hoisoppie

Dramaturgy by Alex Wemer-Colan

PIONEER WORKS – 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

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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”

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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.

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New York Times Critics Pick Review 6/10/2018

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For tickets go here!

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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.
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Tom Murrin’s Play “Myth (or Maybe Meth) at LaMama etc. – Radiohole – April 24-27th


“Relative to previous attempts to explosing, this attempt will have a greater degree of heat. The little hairs on our hands may get singed off. It is our sincere hope, however, that given sufficient heat, we may be able to forge together the holes of mnay separate holes breeding sources into one great hole, erupting into a great ball of flame and emitting a full spectrum of noise; we will then dub this a Performance.”

Radiohole at LaMama etcThe show began with a very tame game of Bingo.

Radiohole at LaMama etc.The show ‘heated up’ quick fast in act one.

2014.04.23_RadioHole_049A transfer of fluids from one actor to another was something to remember.

2014.04.23_RadioHole_053A sigh of relief and an adorable costume.




2014.04.23_RadioHole_113Sometimes I felt I was witnessing a ‘human cartoon’. Wild and hysterical.

2014.04.23_RadioHole_157After sampling some genuine ‘Columbian nose candy’ the cast was wide awake!






Company members/cast include

Ilan Bachrach – Pa
Eric Dyer – Millicent
Jim Findlay – Marjorie
Scott Halvorsen Gillette – Margaret
Ryan Holsopple – Kenney
Jon Okabayashi- Goodheart

with amazing costumes by Ms. Andreea Mincic & Stage Management, Male Bullshit Wrangler and General Acts of Bravery: Amanda Bender.

‘Radiohole’ was founded in 1998 by Erin Douglas, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman and Scott Halvorsen Gillette. They have created 11 original productions and co-founded the ‘Collapsable Hole’ which was a great place until it succumbed to gentrification is 2013.

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