katabasis

*in development*​

Kevin Doyle -- writer, performer, film/audio design, and editor.

"katabasis" will be a new interdisciplinary work for solo performance created and performed by someone who is not qualified to deliver one. The structure resembles a “monologist” setting fused with a functional video and sound delivery system to channel elements of pre-recorded film and interview content. It explores the relationship artistic director, Kevin Doyle, has with his late father, John Doyle, as he attempts to imagine what his father was thinking during the last months of his life; when he was rendered unable to speak or write due to a recurring brain tumor. When his own memory and speculation ultimately proves inadequate during the performance, Doyle seeks answers by referencing popular films involving fathers and sons.

 

One meaning of the word “katabasis” is the epic convention of the hero’s descent into the underworld, usually to bring back a loved one to the world of the living. However, “katabasis” can also refer to an unrelenting journey through other areas of dystopia.

"katabasis" has received support from the Edward F. Albee Foundation and the William Flanagan Memorial Creative Persons Center in Montauk, NY; the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Saratoga, WY; a residency in Performance & Media at The Corporation of Yaddo; and full bursary and residency support from Wooda Farm in Cornwall (U.K.). Early work-in-progress showings have been presented at The Living Theatre in Manhattan and Williamsburg AiR in Brooklyn.

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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