Theater as Installation: “This Was the End” at EMPAC at RPI [Berkshire on Stage]


Mallory Catlett – This Was The End (context video) from the chocolate factory theater on Vimeo.

In playwright Anton Chekhov’s canonical work Uncle Vanya, the titular character asks, “What if I live to be 60?” Contemporary dramaturg Mallory Catlett and her troupe Restless NYC have attempted to answer this question with This Was the End, an Obie Award-winning work featuring four actors in their 60s.

The project will now enter a new phase of development at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. Working in residence at the center, the group will transform This Was the End into a multimedia theatrical installation. Built around the re-assembled architectural façade of famed New York City performing arts venue Performance Space 122, which functions as both set and projection surface for the new work, the installation in EMPAC Studio 1 incorporates video, light and sound to present This Was the End in a gallery, as opposed to proscenium, context.

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