Devised by DODO and written by Joshua Conkel, Trenches is an experimental comedy that explores the nature of grief and how it is exploited by those seeking power. It is a gonzo gothic period piece. A pastiche that plays with the hilarious, painstaking mourning practices of the Victorian era, mixed with the spiritualist movement, young women’s diary entries, and the music of Purcell. The play is also written to be performed by practical lights and with live foley art, which gives it the air of an off-kilter ghost story.
DODO was founded in 2015 by a small group of artists who love and trust one another.
We used to run a theater company that we inherited. It was successful and we liked it. But it was never really ours, so… we’re starting over from scratch. For now, our mission statement is simple: we do projects that interest us. We build funny/sad/hi-brow/lo-brow theater events in the spirit of trying new things, supporting one another, and trusting in an artist’s potential to evolve.
Currently, DODO is exploring extreme intimacy, practical lighting and sound design, ritual as performance, and the thin line between funny and sad.
Part of Hotel New Work