15 HAPPY ENDINGS

*in development*​

Kevin Doyle -- artist.

"15 Happy Endings" will be a durational installation-performance derived from the spoken dialogue in the last 15 minutes of the first 15 superhero movies in what is commonly referred to as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These 15 films have seen unprecedented success at the U.S. box office from 2008-2017 -- a period which overlaps with the financial and housing crisis in the United States, through the tenure of President Obama, and concluding with the inauguration of President Trump. These superhero movies contain surprisingly little actual dialogue in them. When dialogue does occur it takes place in terse, short sentence structures.

 

Rather than explore deconstructions of long-dead masters such as Chekhov, Ibsen, or Shakespeare -- “15 Happy Endings” focuses on what passes for the popular literature, stories, and characters of our present moment. It explores the compression and consolidation of artistic expression into narrow terms, and considers the potential impact on public discourse in American society.

 

"15 Happy Endings" will be one of the projects Kevin Doyle researches during his tenure as the 2018-2019 Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence for artists and researchers run by Kone Foundation in Finland.

Kevin Doyle - writer / director

"THE AЯTS" - world premiere - September 2018 at La MaMa E.T.C. New York, NY

2018-2019 Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence. Kone Foundation, Finland

2018 Global Connections IN THE LAB Grant. TCG / Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, USA

2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting Finalist. Royal Exchange Theatre, England

 

"The sting of the playwright's satire is softened only by his gift for comic absurdity." -- THE NEW YORK TIMES

"Hilarious satire of social norms that touches on everything that is wrong with America." -- TIME OUT NEW YORK

"Clearly unafraid to deal with reality, and present it unflinchingly." -- SANTA CRUZ SENTINEL

"Socially critical drama without an accusing finger or a whiny political tone." -- DE MORGEN

"Doyle's clever, sparing use of language recalls Ionesco's best." -- BACKSTAGE

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