THUIS: The First Season of Frank

World Breakers Festival. Live Works Vol. 4. Centrale Fies. Dro, Italy. July 25-27, 2016. *premiere*


Boris Van den Eynden -- Primary artist, performer, and designer.

Kevin Doyle -- Dramaturgy, technical director, and co-director.

An installation-performance that takes 20+ years of TV Guide episode descriptions for the Belgian Dutch-language soap opera THUIS and compiles these brief descriptions into a single 400 page text. This phase of the project used computer algorithms to search for sentences that mentioned one character “Frank” by name. These sentences were then dramaturgically broken up and arranged into distinct sections. We then employed multiple audio and video delivery systems to “perform” those sentences.

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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