A theater piece that investigates the impossibility of identity in a context of repression using 2D puppets, animation, and mustaches.
2 Stories That End in Suicide is the latest work-in-progress by Piehole, Brooklyn’s scrappy experimental theater collective. We have already begun working to find the shape of this piece (which explores cultural subversion among contemporary Iranian youth), and WE NEED YOUR HELP to give the project the time and attention it needs to grow!
2 Stories uses puppetry, animation, and live actors to investigate private and public suffering, and the impossibility of identity in a climate of repression. When a young Iranian woman discovers eerie physical and biographical similarities between two authors (Sadegh Hedayat and Cesare Pavese), she transforms into a hybrid of the two men (dubbed HP) in order to write her blog.
The show inhabits a strange, unique world of mustaches, two-dimensional puppets that get de-limbed and shoved into suitcases, and a complex, yet non-sensical "blog machine." The theme of censorship comes alive through our performance and visual materials, which emphasize flatness, masks, and ultimately, the ways in which emotion and identity become obscured in the public sphere.
Our process began with research on Iranian blogs, as well as Iranian censorship laws and their effect on cultural output. Our performer-creators have developed several scenes for the project (including preliminary visual material), which we performed in a workshop setting in November 2010. We will conduct additional workshops, one slated for Spring 2011 at The Brick Theater, culminating with a full-fledged production within a year’s time.
WITH YOUR HELP, WE CAN:
1. Rent the 50 hours of rehearsal space we need to finish shaping this piece through group-writing and improvisation
2. Revise the set and video, and finish making our cast of puppets
3. Acquire the sound and lighting equipment that will enable us to perform the show in alternative venues to reach broader audiences
4. Pay for storage and transporation of our set pieces
5. Give honorariums to our collaborators to honor their hours of toil
6. Create marketing materials and spread the word about our unique work
If you know Piehole, then you know how important our physical materials are to our work! If you don't know us, check out our website at www.pieholed.com to learn more.
2 Stories that End in Suicide is sponsored by ArtSpire, a project of New York Foundation of the Arts.
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Dec 17, 2010 - Feb 25, 2011
Pledge $15 or more
A hand-printed Piehole-style Thank You note
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The above, plus a handmade audio Thank You note, and picture of a Piehole member in Hedayat and Pavese's signature glasses and mustache, getting pied in the face
Pledge $50 or more
The above, plus an original linoleum print of a Piehole scene
Pledge $100 or more
The above, plus a customized 2 Stories Mug, featuring handmade drawings of Hedayat and Pavese
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The above, plus Three Puppet Hands
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The above, plus a Puppet Head
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The above, as well as a puppet like the ones in 2 Stories (i.e. Grandma and her friends) OR two seats at an exclusive Piehole Donors Dinner, created by our resident chef Kathryn Wallem, with the help of sous-chef Pieholes
Pledge $1,000 or more
The above, plus Associate Producer status on our website and on the 2 Stories programs, and free tickets to all iterations of 2 Stories that End in Suicide