Initial performance December 14th, 2019 at NYPL's historic Jefferson Market Library (Frank Collerius, manager)
Conceived & Created by Lukas Papenfusscline
Produced by Wednesday Derrico and Tatiana Baccari of Experimental Bitch Presents along with Lukas Papenfusscline.
Directed by Allison Benko.
Loosely based on Geoffrey Chaucer's Troilus & Criseyde, &CRISEYDE explores how creators of theatre can co-opt and dismantle the power of narrative in order to free characters who have been trapped in cycles of oppression for centuries. This piece is a deep dive into our obsession with linear stories and the power that they hold over their performers, creators, and audiences. By toying with Chaucer's language and the actors themselves, creator Lukas Papenfusscline asks what right we have to abuse characters and manipulate them to serve our own narrative ends. Using sex, collective conscious, meta-theatrics, and improvised music, &CRISEYDE offers its characters a chance to step out of the story and find their own agency as people.
original workshop collaborators: Julia Rose Duray, Allison Benko, Hannah Goldman, Ryan Salvato, Nora Kaye, Maggie Hood.