The Apology Play
An interactive celebration of an interactive artist
The Apology Line calls are wildly dramatic and should be the stars of the show. The play is structured around the quite dramatic story of Allan and his wife Marissa as they tried to make a life for themselves in the company of incessant anonymous phone confessions. Along that story structure, the calls themselves will be strung as they interrupt and impact this domestic drama.
The calls are overwhelming, graphic, and may be deeply offensive to some. Audience members may choose how much of that intensity they relate with. Central to the event is a well structured narrative play containing a cross section of calls. The more intrepid may also engage with an interactive performance and installation before and after the play.
The installation is a maze of eight small rooms - 1980’s interiors of various classes and styles from an East Village basement squat to an upper class Greenwich bedroom. Wandering through these interiors, the audience can listen in as actors perform the calls. Here dramaturgical efficiency will often be sacrificed to a grittier, more immersive experience. The calls will often be unexpurgated, and content becomes more challenging the longer one chooses to stay.
Additionally there will be a lobby display of a bank of ten telephone booths. The phone booths are a replica of Bridge's 1981 show at the New Museum, where audience members are able to pick up a phone receiver to listen directly to the original program tapes.
"The purpose of apology is to provide a way for criminals and wrongdoers to apologize for their misdeeds in the hope that this will help them turn over a new leaf. At the end of this program you may record any statement you care to make.”
-- Allan Bridge