Presented by Emily Mast, Offending The Audience is an "anti-play" that was written in 1966 by the Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke. This 45-minute lecture about theater must, by necessity, take place in a theater while attempting to be as un-theatrical as possible. In this particular adaptation, seven children between the ages of six and twelve remove the audience from the artificiality of a critical discourse of artifice by introducing real play into a play that, for all of its avant-garde seminality is, to a contemporary ear, far too self-conscious to be listened to. The childrens' lack of pretense allows the audience to experience the piece empathetically. This fresh take on Handke by no means resembles a conventional children's play. Rather, it is a conceptual gesture that is staged in a conventional theater.
With: Zane Amundsen, Amber Barbell, Mathew Davis, Bailey Garcia, Kaitlin Morgan, Gerald Orzikh & Talyan Wright
Assistant Director: Kenard Bunkley
Lighting Design: Chris Kuhl
Sound Design: Jake Viator
Emily Mast is a visual artist who works primarily with people, movement and sound to advocate uncertainty as live sculptural material. In 2009 she presented a live looping play called "Everything, Nothing, Something, Always (Walla!)" at X-initiative in New York for Performa 09. She has had solo exhibitions at Steve Turner Contemporary in Los Angeles, Samson Projects in Boston and the Paris Project Room in Paris, France. She was a resident artist at Yaddo in 2010 and at Skowhegan in 2006. This past May she was part of a symposium at the Museum of Modern Art in New York entitled "Audience Experiments: Contemporary Art in the Age of Spectacle". Please visit emilymast.com for more information.