Written by Melanie Jones (Artist In Residence)
Directed by Stefanie Abel Horowitz
Music and Sound by Pietro Amato
Friday-Saturday, April 11-12 @ 8:00pm | Sunday, April 13 @ 6:00pm
Tickets: $15 General | $8 Low-income [Buy Tickets]
Everyone has voices in their heads: mundane obsessions, cereal commercials, memories, abstract fear. Superficial worries escalating into apocalyptic anxiety before the first cup of coffee. An existential vortex gutting the usual morning routine. Diving into the lived experience of anxiety and depression, IN YOU. (AND YOU?) mines the transformative potential of discord. Immersing audiences in the central character’s competing thoughts and the gravitational pull of mounting tension, a 360-degree surround sound experience blurs the line between performer and observer.
Avoiding work at the height of her career, a radio host battles conflicting thoughts and a stalled morning routine while under self-imposed exile in her bathroom. Failed bathtub masturbation, dubious mold and rhythmic rumination spiral her down into sudden cacophonous terror, pushing and pulling between a stubborn avoidance to face past wounds and the inevitability of change.
IN YOU (AND YOU?) frames anxiety and depression, not as medical or genetic conditions, but as catalysts for transformation – the dark night of the soul described by mystics, recovering addicts and spiritual seekers. Contained in her bathroom and submerged in her own suffering, both character and audience are unable to escape into distraction. Compelled toward acceptance, IN YOU. (AND YOU?) explores the wisdom of surrender and the absolution that can only be found in the present moment.
About the Artists
Melanie Jones is a Canadian-born writer, performer and producer. IN YOU. (AND YOU?) is her third solo theatre work. Her second work, ENDURE: A RUN WOMAN SHOW was presented in London during the 2012 Olympic Games and as part of the 2013 Scotiabank Calgary Marathon. Jones was awarded 2012 NYIT (New York Innovative Theater) Awards for Solo Performance and Original Full-length Script and was shortlisted for the Brick Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Her theatrical work has been presented in four countries and her work as a writer has taken her to Paris, Zambia, India and Haiti. Author of three published nonfiction books, Jones also created more than 50 episodes for CityTV, 55 videos for the LEAP PROJECT, an online course for distressed youth, and more than 25 stories for WAVES OF CHANGE, documenting the world water crisis. She was a 2013 TEDxCalgary speaker. [Learn More]
Stefanie Abel Horowitz is a Brooklyn-based theater maker. Her recent work includes killers by Kevin Armento (Paradise Factory), The Capables by Jay Stull (The Gym at Judson), 1927 devised by Tiny Little Band (AntFest) and Modjeska Dispatches by Sibyl Kempson (Gershwin Hotel). She has also directed readings and workshops of Tramps Like Us (The Lark) and The First Flower After the Flood (New Dramatists) both by Brian Otaño, and Peacocks by Basil Kreimendahl (The Gym at Judson). She is an Emerging Artist in Residence at The Gym at Judson, a member of Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, and one half of the devising team Tiny Little Band with Jerry Lieblich. She also works on the development team at New Dramatists.
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