“Wonderful… Thought-provoking… I’m going to tell everyone I know to go and see it.”—Mooney on Theatre
A deep dive into the politics of language and the dynamics of privilege, Footnote Number 12 turns the act of reading into riveting theatre. You could call it a subversive piece of literary criticism; it takes a celebrated essay by the late David Foster Wallace and breaks it down in a series of seriocomic monologues, each of them playfully modulated by sound artist Nancy Tam.
Our speaker is James Long, but we do not always hear his voice; as he paraphrases, quotes and critiques “Roger Federer as Religious Experience,” we get a series of sonic curveballs that highlight gender, race and perspective in funny and provocative ways. Don’t expect to be a passive audience member: there will be reading from distributed texts, a group song and more in the name of showmanship but also empowerment. Deconstruction has rarely been this mischievous, this innovative, this fun.