In this new adaptation of Franz Kafka's short story, three black men convene in an unnamed penal colony, asking what it means for them to exist in the media, when observed, when consumed, when punished. More…
Adapted from Franz Kafka's short story of the same name, "In the Penal Colony," investigates the performance of power, patriarchy and punishment.
See it if Loosely based on Kafka's novella, Haymon's performance piece uses movement & soundscape to deal w/ black male incarceration Dense & dazzling
Don't see it if Highly conceptual & fragmented w/ little dialogue Piece relies on mobility - military drills, hip-hop,vogue, & slavery rituals for message
See it if you’re interested in contemporary take-offs on Kafka, or in issues of incarceration & surveillance, especially as practiced on black men.
Don't see it if you're expecting a traditional play or a “faithful” adaptation of Kafka.
See it if 3 black men doing calisthenics, singing and drinking lots of water, obscurely mirroring Kafka are your cup of tea
Don't see it if experimental theatre of the absurd is not your metier, need to feel more connected to what's being presented
See it if you're interested in seeing a powerful, movement-heavy piece examining ideas of power, patriarchy and punishment in society.
Don't see it if you need a linear, fully developed plot in order to understand a play rather than something that tends to be more conceptual overall.
See it if You like Kafka. You like movement and drive. These are very talented actors in a small space made even smaller by the staging.
Don't see it if you want a serene afternoon. you want straight narrative. You dont want to have to think.
See it if you appreciate efforts to create a new vocabulary with non-traditional story lines and dialogue: a visceral exploration of imprisonment.
Don't see it if you prefer linear plots that are entertaining, easy to follow and not confusing.
See it if Physical tragedy instead of physical comedy. Actors and production team completely on point.
Don't see it if dislike when playwrights announce "why I wrote this play," undercutting what should be self-evident.
See it if You enjoy strong devised/physical theatre and slightly enigmatic scene work. You want a piece investigating the black Male experience.
Don't see it if You need clear text or a linear narrative. You want something light and fluffy.
See it if you're friendly with someone working on the production and what to support young artists.
Don't see it if if you're expecting a nuanced portrait of incarcerated black Americans. The piece, unfortunately, fails at challenging its audience.
See it if you want to see three energetic actors who are perfectly in sync with each other.
Don't see it if if you prefer plays that are rich in dialogue. This is a short play that does a better job of “showing” rather than “telling”.
See it if you are interested in very theater. With energetic Actors. It’s a very physical performance.
Don't see it if you want to go to a traditional show. This is not one. It takes almost 15 minutes before the first word of dialogue is broken.
See it if I found it challenging to understand completely but visually is outstanding and captivating. The actors give totally and truthfully.
Don't see it if It feels experimental and challenging and this may be too much work for some audience members.
See it if You enjoy physical shows, are curious about new shows
Don't see it if You don't enjoy physical acting or (in one instance) any kind of bodily fluids, or don't care for repetition (although used to make a point)
See it if You like highly physical theatre with athletic and gripping movement sequences, excellent acting, and captivating/eerie design
Don't see it if You are looking for a traditional narrative structure/adaptation of Kafka’s story.
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