Learning how to die is an absurd notion, just like ending the world
is the only thing worth beginning. But sometimes we have to enter the
realm of the absurd to better understand the harsh, brutal reality in
which we live — one that is way-too-often a realm beyond the absurd.
These thought experiments prepare us, at least in theory, for the crush
of events and crises, dangers and disasters that will eventually come
for us, no matter how hard we try to avoid them.
Enter: Man Research Theatre. The Miami-based theater company creates
theater experiences that explore our absurd world to better understand
human nature. According to their website, Man Research Theatre is all
about “exploring our collective consciousness. Me and you, your mama and
your cousin too.”
Last weekend, on the grungy corner of 24th Street & NW 2nd Avenue
in Wynwood, Stephen Kaiser (Director, Man Research Theatre), Jeremiah
Musgrove, Art Garcia , Theo Reyna and special guest Marissa Alma Nick
performed an absurdist, existential play that literally went in circles
around me and probably someone’s mama. Since I couldn’t make out the
dialogue, I experienced the play as a performance, a kind of moving
theater where the language of the bodies in motion was the only language
I needed to understand.
In circles, the actors moved. One actor held a light on a fishing
pole in one hand and a flashlight in his other hand. He illuminated the
other actors as each of them performed a monologue in constant circular
and spiraling motion. Marissa Alma Nick danced and slithered between
their bodies. I got dizzy trying to keep my eyes fixed on the commotion.
The actors moved to communicate their message that was symbolized by a
white cardboard box, which was smashed over the heads of the actors
throughout the performance.
I perceived this act as an act of consciousness
breaking-and/or-entering. Its message was violently clear — wake up!
From what? I don’t know for sure, but I know it’s something personal for
each of them and for each of us. The circular motion of the actors
reminded me of the circles and life traps that we get stuck in. Wake up
and stop running in circles — or getting stuck — in that viscous hole or
loop that we so often try and fail to break out of. Wake up and get out
of that life pattern that traps us in addictions to love or other
vices. Wake up and cut that spiraling circle that keeps us from learning
how to live because we haven’t stopped to learn how to die.
Smash the box over the head and wake up! Maybe we’ll break something
that feels like the end of the world of course, but maybe that’s a good
thing. Maybe I’m just being too dramatic. But this is drama on a street
corner on a human scale in magnificent city ripe and ready for this kind
of hu(man) research theater.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Man Research is proud to represent in the upcoming LOVE STORIES, six short plays about love, romance, and desire. Art Garcia is overseeing production while Jeremiah Musgrove will be performing in three shorts and Stephen Kaiser directing two! Come on out to the SANDBOX in Miami Shores February 12, 13, & 14, it's gonna be a great time for all!
Saturday, January 28, 2012
We celebrate humanity. We love the stuff, we can't get enough of it. We want to know more about us, and theatre is how we learn. We’re a company of artists dedicated to the exploration of what it means to be part of humanity. Our lab is the theatre, to play is our experiment , and our result is the human experience.
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Did you miss An Evening Of Art And Whimsy last night? Well lucky for you, White Rose believes in second chances. Come on out to the gables tonight for your last chance at an evening full of art, live music, theatre, movie screenings and... well... whimsy. Doors open at 8pm. 3910 Monseratte St. See ya there!