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BEST VIEWED WITH HEADPHONES: the speech in this opening section is meant to be heard as a sort of jumble, which gets sorted out later in the piece upon repetition of the individual parts, and will be orchestrated during the next round of rehearsal.

Created, written and directed by Lisa Fay and Jeff Glassman Duo. Realized and performed by, from left to right in the thumbnail, Danielle Reddick (blue shirt), Koppany Pusztai (white shirt, tie and jacket), Tara Khozein (pink shirt), John Flax (green shirt and jacket), collectively Theater Grottesco.

This is the unfinished first 11 minutes of a 75-minute work, Action at a Distance, and is a showing of work in progress for live audiences for purposes of learning and to bring the audiences in on the collaboration through their function as audience. Thirteen showings with discussion were performed in Albuquerque at the Q-Staff Theatre, and in Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Playhouse, all in October, 2018.

The piece entwines six independent play-scripts as they are cut into short parts and organized according to four paths through the geometric subdivisions of a 3x3x3 cube. Multiple simultaneous plays are in motion on stage at the same time.

NOTE: In this beginning portion, there are only 3 plays in action, as two of the characters are in the same play at the same time.

The actors apply a set of techniques to accomplish this, invented through the previous work of Fay and Glassman such as "pivot-montage" "manifesting absence" "uncanny coordination" and "contra-diction."

The piece follows a scored structure that functions as an "instrument" or framework that relates the actors to one another like players in a jazz quartet or a string quartet. Character, actor, part and play all are in flux, with repetition, and variation built in.

NOTE: In these opening 11 minutes (as far as we got so far), repetition is barely beginning to happen, and the use of pivot-montage is minimal so far, in this opening portion of the eventual 75 minutes. So please keep in mind that much of what you hear will be repeated in different combinations 2-5 times in the piece. What you don't discern now, will be orchestrated for discernment as we progress. A second and third pass to fill in the vocal orchestration, timing, and choreography will happen when we return to work.

This work was made possible with a Network of Ensemble Theaters travel grant. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Original work was begun with Yael Beretta, Brook Celeste, Julie Williams, and Austin McCann, and Keith McKenney in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 2014.

Painstaking preliminary work was continued with Kate Arvin, Ben Michaelis, and Susana Bailén Acevedo in Olympia, Washington 2016-2017.

Much gratitude is extended to all who jumped into this so far!

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