My Son is a Splendid Driver


Created and Performed by Will Davis

Friday | March 18, 2016 @ 8pm
Saturday | March 19, 2016 @ 8pm

Tickets: $16 General, $10 Low Income [BUY]


My Son is a Splendid Driver is inspired by the 1950’s American classic PICNIC written by William Inge. It is conceived as a love letter to a ghost. This love letter is part seance and part ghost story, and it’s intended to be a meditation on failure. Driver locates the ghost in me and reaches out to the ghost of Inge. My hope is that we will find a place in his work to exist together. A place where my queering of his play will be a gift for both of us.

Closeted and habitually alone, Inge lived most of his life at the periphery of his own desire. In PICNIC he opened up inside his characters, he wrote his sense of the forbidden into the beauty queen and her summer love affair with the rugged stranger from the wrong side of the tracks.

My Son is a Splendid Driver imagines PICNIC as collection of those closeted desires. The sole character is the author performing his imaginary fantasy for himself alone in the dark. He moves through a forbidden world that can only be seen in flashes of illumination, a world even he is afraid to inhabit for too long.

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About the Artist

Will Davis is a director and choreographer focused on physically adventurous new work. Recent projects include Men on Boats by Jaclyn Backhaus for Clubbed Thumb’s Summerworks, and a remounted version of that production for Playwrights Horizons. Orange Julius by Basil Kreimendahl, Mike Iveson’s Sorry Robot for PS122’s COIL Festival and two productions of Colossal, by Andrew Hinderaker for Mixed Blood Theater and the Olney Theatre Center, for which he won a Helen Hayes award for outstanding direction. Will has developed, directed, and performed his work with New York Theatre Workshop, Clubbed Thumb, the New Museum, the Olney Theatre Center, the Alliance Theatre, the Playwright’s Realm, the Fusebox Festival, New Harmony Project, the Orchard Project, the Ground Floor Residency at Berkeley Rep, Performance Studies International at Stanford University, and the Kennedy Center. Will is an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the NYTW 2050 Directing Fellowship, Will is currently an artist in residence at BAX | Brooklyn Art Exchange where he is developing a new work inspired by William Inge’s PICNIC. Will holds a BFA in Theatre Studies from DePaul University and an MFA in Directing from UT Austin.

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