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!
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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
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
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.
Actors appear courtesy of SAG-AFTRA, the union for professional film, television and radio performers.
Our Peculiar Works projects are being made possible with public funds from made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council, and private funds from the Mental Insight Foundation, as well as our many, wonderful, individual donors.