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LANGUAGE GAMES

A Short Absurdist Film

Language Games. Image is a cartoon of four people seated around a mahjong table with a ghostly figure taunting them from above: a man whose hat has the ears of a hare.

Official Selection New Ohio Theatre NYC Indie Theatre Film Festival 2021 with LaurelsLanguage Games

The New Ohio Theatre's NYC Indie Theater Film Festival
March 10-14, 2021

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In a fictional world of philosophy and language, Sheela joins three great thinkers from the past for a spirited game of mahjong. As they play, her energy conjures Joseph Beuys as a mythological hare. Invisible to the players, he interjects cultural incantations while the players contemplate how words and language evolved. Physical chair-play creates an escalating rhythm as tensions build to a crescendo, until Sheela questions their philosophical theories, stands up for herself, and wins the game!

CAST OF CHARACTERS (in order of speaking)
Ludwig Wittgenstein: MATTHEW TRUMBULL
Sheela Nagig: NIKKI CALONGE
Paul Shepard: KEVIN R. FREE
Walter Benjamin: CHRISTOPHER BORG
Joseph Beuys: DESMOND DUTCHER

CREATIVE TEAM
Playwright: BARBARA YOSHIDA
Director: RALPH LEWIS
Videographer: BARRY ROWELL
Production Manager: HEATHER OLMSTEAD
Key Grip, Best Boy: DAVID CASTANEDA
Wardrobe: MICHELLE BESHAW
Video Editor: MIKE McCABE
Audio Editor: HARRISON ADAMS
Senior Editor: EVAN SEPLOW
Artwork: WARD SUTTON
Composer: NATHAN DAVIS
Musician: PHYLLIS CHEN
Health Safety Specialist: AKIA SQUITIERI
Credit Titles: BARRY ROWELL
Location: AMANDA HURN, BOWERY UNION

SPECIAL THANKS
Adam Auslander, Michele Campo, Jackie Christy, Alice Elliott, Tim Errickson, Barbara Kahn, Melba LaRose, Caiti Lattimer, Sylvia Milo, Gilda Pervin, Renee Philippi, Sean Pollock, Gaby Schafer, Precious Sipin, Meredith Riley Stewart, and Nomi Tichman.

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Actors appear courtesy of SAG-AFTRA, the union for professional film, television and radio performers.


Our Peculiar Works projects are being made possible with private funds from The Ken Glickfeld and Kris Hall Foundation, the Dime Community Bank Fund for NYC Theatres, a program of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (A.R.T./New York), the Mental Insight Foundation, and the Indie Theater Fund's Big Mini Give and Take.