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A Shot in the Dark: Program B by Alex Vlahov, Ben Mann, Chad Chenail, and Nicola McEldowney


About the Program

Featuring new works with no auxiliary power by Alex Vlahov, Ben Mann, Chad Chenail, and Nicola McEldowney

A Simple Art, by Alex Vhlahov
This new one-act play explores the homicide of the author's high-school priest, fused with verbatim interviews and passages from Raymond Chandler's essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," to create a lyrical meditation on fact vs. fiction. In the vein of long-form narrative and oral tradition, the story is told over battery-operated, analog musical devices akin to a campfire deep in the California woods.

Can't make it to A Simple Art on the 22nd? You're in luck - there's another showing on August 29! Get your tickets HERE!

Red, by Ben Mann
From everything to nothing to eventually something, his life couldn't go any less to plan. Watch as he stumbles through every emotion in the book, twice over and then backwards. Aptly named 'Red', his curiosity always gets the better of him and when he stumbles in to the vast vacuum of space anything is possible.

The nose is the smallest mask in the world. It doesn't hide you, it reveals you. Performed by Ben Mann, this clowning showcase explores the intricacies of human behaviour and how we share ourselves with those around us. Using a red nose encourages a sense of fun in the performer - it's learning how to play, to take pleasure in being onstage and in the spotlight, to be complicit with the audience and to show yourself without shying away.

Refresh, by Chad Chenail
Refresh, created by Chad Chenail and featuring Maggie Borlando and Brett-Marco Glauser, is a movement exploration on how technology has influenced our ability to connect with those around us. In an age where we can be in constant contact with anyone in the world, we often have trouble being truly present with the person standing next to us. This piece hopes to explore what it means to be left in the dark when someone you love is obsessed with the nonphysical world of technology. It is the second piece from the new theatre collective Just Company, who strive to break theatrical boundaries while exploring subject matter routed in technology in order to reach an audience on a personal level. Using only the light and sounds of an iPhone, Refresh puts the struggles of a young couple who can no longer see eye to eye in motion.

Puppet Interludes, by Nicola McEldowney
Nicola is a professional puppeteer, director and actress. She performs with puppets for children and open-minded adults throughout the NYC region. She is also the author of the musical "Aisle Six," which made its Off-Broadway debut last year. Nicola will deal with the lighting and sound challenges respectively by affixing a novelty light to herself and being loud.

Part of The Tank's 2014 Dark Fest! Runs July 21-31. Click HERE for more info about other events and performances!