"TUTOR: Enter the Exclave" by Martin Schwartz
Inspired by an 18th Century German drama, Tutor updates the story and style with electronic score, video projection, and a puppet. Blood, water, puppets, video, toenails, mounting lyrical tiradeswhat else could one look for in an autumn-tide entertainment?
Written and directed by Martin Schwartz, "Tutor: Enter the Exclave" has a simple plot: A young, eager-to-please fop becomes tutor to a rural, aristocratic family with a lovesick daughter and a wild son. But the textures quickly become more complex. As the tutor frantically navigates his new surroundings, he comes to realize a more substantial, more troubling problem with it all: the family appears to live - literally - in the past.
Hewing to Dark Porch's experimental style, "Tutor" explores the idea of the exclave-a detached part of a whole, such as a province of a country that's physically separated from the motherland-as a way of addressing contemporary experiences of cultural isolation and connection. How are we part of the places, groups, and times with which we identify? Are we components of cultures, nations, things we cannot touch?
Developed with a four-member ensemble of performers: Brandon Wiley, Ryan Hayes, Meg Hurtado, and Dark Porch co-founder Margery Fairchild, Tutor employs composed texts, improvisation, an original electroacoustic musical score, and video projection. A screen will hang from the ceiling, showing composed rhythmic mashups of original video with found online video from the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad-which was, not coincidentally, formerly known as East Prussia, and which was the original setting of Lenz's play. The set, like the overall tone of the piece, is sparse, moody, and atmospheric, blasted with wild gusts of humor.
Cast and Production Team for "Tutor"
Written and directed by Martin Schwartz
Original music, sound, and video by Derek Phillips
Inspiration drawn from Der Hofmeister; oder, Vortheile der Privaterziehung, by J. M. R. Lenz
Ensemble: Brandon Wiley, Margery Fairchild, Ryan Hayes, Meg Hurtado
Set design by Jonathan Horton
Lighting design and puppet construction by Maxx Kurzunski
Stage managed by Britney Smallwood
Co-produced and costumes designed by Margery Fairchild
Show art by Mikhail D. Poloskin - mikhailpoloskin.com
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156 Eddy Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
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