the odes

*in development*​

Kevin Doyle -- artist.

"the odes" will be a series of performance-installations depicting different individuals waiting.


Each setting is unique and is based upon actual moments captured on film, in photographs, or observations recorded in writing. As the audience watches mundane gestures and unassuming movements, a different scenario unfolds as a new shift emerges in the space. Three of the "odes" are identified and mapped out. A fourth might be in the works. The initial idea for "the odes" came to me on subway home from seeing "Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, and the Farewell Speech" at Japan Society years ago in New York.

#1 -- "ode to a hispanic family seated on a subway bench"

#2 -- "ode to an indian woman stuck in a perpetual retail loop"

#3 -- "ode to an employee staring out her zürich window"

ode. / ōd / noun. a lyric poem in the form of an address to a particular subject, often elevated in style or manner and written in varied or irregular meter. 2: something that shows respect for or celebrates the worth or influence of another.

Kevin Doyle - writer / director

"Svaneke" - *world premiere* - May 2021 at Bornholms Teater, Denmark

"Les années amputées" - *French translation* - October 2020 at Théâtre Périscope, Québec City, Canada

"8:46" - *new play completed* - June 2020. New York, NY

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

Saari Invited Artist at the Saari Residence. Kone Foundation, Finland

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

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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