The Solo Sunday Series provides individual artists working on full-length, one-person plays the opportunity to present their work to an audience in a one-night-only performance. The Series is best designed to support works-in-progress that will use the production to better understand the work and its future potential. Series artists receive a fully-realized production with technical and dramaturgical support from Theaterlab’s staff.
Michelle Levy’s Ruins of Achelach, Restaged
presented by TLab’s Solo Sundays
Sunday, January 8, 2017
“Michelle Levy summons the serendipitous elements that brought her to this moment: a déja vu in a field; a religious craving; an overlooked report card that is very, very old; a letter drafted from the sky; a grandmother’s cryptic message; a scotch sour; Poland; and possibly, falafel.
Performed at the intersection of premonition, research and reanimation, Ruins of Achelach shares a genealogical mystery as it unfolds.”
I performed Ruins of Achelach for one-night-only this past October. The theater was packed, the audience cheered, and yet, I woke up the next day with a feeling of unease. I had made an error — a harmless quip that slipped so easily off of the tongue had repercussions beyond the stage. I had belittled the achievements of my grandmother (of blessed memory)… in public! A granddaughter’s greatest insult. Oh, why?!
Remorseful, I waited to hear murmured in my ear, “what am I, chopped liver?” But the universe had veered off course leaving only a silent icy trail behind.
For the sake of my grandma and by extension, humanity, I must set things straight. Thanks to Theaterlab, I will perform Ruins of Achelach once more correctly with audience and camera (and hopefully grandma) as witness.
The event will conclude with a moment off-camera for those who wish to air and have forgiven regretted insults inflicted upon loved ones (not necessarily present).
Concept, audio/visuals, script and performance by Michelle Levy
Developed with and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde
Lighting Design by Guy de Lancey