Building an entire world with words! An interview with our Associate Directors, Vertical Submarine

Vertical Submarine (From Left: Justin, Joshua, Fiona)

Vertical Submarine (From Left: Justin, Joshua, Fiona)

 

In light of our coming production FourPlays: ABCD, we take the opportunity to find out more from the directors, personally.  Here’s what Vertical Submarine has to say about their latest work to be staged.

 

1.  What inspired you to create FourPlays: ABCD?

The richness of the text, the beauty and elegance of the prose from these four diverse authors. All the stories were written in a highly descriptive yet naturalistic manner that puts the reader in an immersive experience. This somehow equates to building an entire world with the use of words.

 

2. What attracted you to these 4 writers?

With the Latin American (Argentinean) writers, there was a strong sense that the Latin American condition is a parallel to our own; fragmented and heterogeneous but at the same time with an element that is eternal and universal. From this, we can only draw parallels if we ever hope to continue on any path. Any inclination to attempt an intersection will definitely end up at precisely that; an intersection. This is not what we want. We want to continue infinitely and the only way of doing so is by drawing parallels because parallel lines never meet.

With Marguerite Duras, it was the sense of detachment to the corporeal despite the extremely close physical proximity. One is able to feel the sense that the prose is trying to achieve an intimacy that is beyond mere sexual or even romantic pleasure but something almost spiritual and transcendental.

 

3. What are some issues explored in FourPlays: ABCD? How are these issues relevant to our audiences?

Loyalty and betrayal, losing one’s own space and a sense of impending displacement, failure to achieve intimacy and the decisive moment to act.

We live in strange times where secularism and capitalism rules almost every aspect of our daily lives. Our sense of ethics and social responsibility is often eroded and reduced to what is merely legal out of fear for the Law. But all the more, in these strange days, one needs to realize that sometimes being on the safe side of the law may not necessarily be ethical and socially responsible. Sometimes it is necessary to act decisively even if it means breaking these boundaries.

 

4. Being primarily a visual arts collective, how has it influenced the creating and directing of FourPlays: ABCD?

Having worked in visual arts for almost a decade now, one comes to realize that the most important thing is not the form it takes but rather the meta-narrative that floats, if you will, about the work. In FourPlays: ABCD we’ve finally learned how to be selective about what is essential to the work and what can remain excluded.

 

5. Your first attempt at creating Theatre was DUST (2011). How has that experience influenced the making of FourPlays: ABCD?

With DUST (2011), being our first full-scale theatrical experience, we approached it very cautiously and so we built a lot of walls, literally and metaphorically. But the experience has taught us that there are areas within this discipline that begs exploring and so, with FourPlays: ABCD the walls have come down and we’re even willing to sleep with the door open. We are approaching the creative process more openly now i.e. open to suggestions, ideas from the actors in the making of FourPlays: ABCD. This method of creation also resonates with the way we are dealing with the set design.

 

6. Is there one word that best describes FourPlays: ABCD?

Foreplay

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TheatreWorks is pleased to present a new work by our Associate Directors, Vertical Submarine –FourPlays: ABCD from 3 – 6 April 2013. This is TheatreWorks’ first production for 2013!

Tickets are now on sale, with early bird specials ending on 27 March.

FourPlays: ABCD is inspired by a series of conversations between brother and sister, between a prostitute and her customer, between a man and his lover, between a traitor and his confidante. All the stories take place in a room, bedroom or dining room.

The dialogues are inspired by three important 20th century Argentine writers: Roberto Arlt, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar and one French writer, Marguerite Duras. Hence, Arlt, Borges, Cortazar and Duras (A, B, C, D). Aside from the alphabetical coincidence, all the stories reflect the impossibility of human relationship; the impossibility of dialogue.

Known primarily for their work as visual artists, FourPlays: ABCD is Vertical Submarine’s third work with TheatreWorks after Abusement Park (as part of Night Festival: New World 2010) and Dust – A Recollection (2011)

Performance details are as follow:

Preview – 3 April 2013, Wednesday, 8pm
4 – 6 April 2013, Thursday – Saturday, 8pm



72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

Tickets:

$15 Concession for full-time students, NSFs & Seniors above 55

$25 Preview on 3 April 2013

$30 Early Bird till 27 March 2013

$35 Standard

Email us at tworks@singnet.com.sg or call us at 6737-7213 to purchase your tickets. We look forward to seeing you all at 72-13!

!Audition Notice

FourPlays: ABCD

By Vertical Submarine

Associate Directors, TheatreWorks

 

Time: Wednesday, February 13, 2013, 7pm – 9pm

Location: 72-13 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239007

 

Production Dates

Rehearsals: February 17 – April 3

Technical/Dress Rehearsals: March 25 – April 3

Performances: April 3 – 6

Looking for

2 Females

speak English, good stage presence

If interested, please email your headshot and resume to Cody Chen at codyhchen@gmail.com by Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 10pm.  Thank you.

About the Play

‘Foreplay was a French invention’ – Ricardo Piglia

This work is inspired by a series of conversations between brother and sister, between a prostitute and her customer, between a man and his lover, between a traitor and his confidante. All the stories take place in a room, bedroom or dining room and the dialogues will be taken from three important 20th century Argentine writers: Roberto Arlt, Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortazar and one French writer, Marguerite Duras. Hence, Arlt, Borges, Cortazar and Duras (A, B, C, D). Aside from the alphabetical coincidence, all the stories reflect the impossibility of human relationship; the impossibility of dialogue.

Similar to some of vertical submarine’s previous projects, such as Decomposition II (2008), Analogic (2009), Dust (2011), this performance will take the form of a narration.

Character Synopsis

Luba/Beatriz Sanchez

A sex worker who is a victim of circumstances. She is constantly looking for a way out of her situation but does not want to get into trouble with the authorities. Unbeknownst to her, she is destined to become the mother of the revolution the moment she agrees to flee with a stranger, an anarchist writer who tells her of his intentions to join the revolution.

Irene

A middle-aged woman who has inherited a large family house. She is engrossed with knitting more as a necessity than as a hobby. She is meticulous and sensitive to small changes in her surroundings. Her relationship to her elder brother is one of a caretaker, more like a mother to him.

Woman/Narrator

She is the inner voice of the man who is both her customer and prisoner although outwardly she acts as if she is the one being imprisoned by the conditions of their relationship.

Hello to our First Post!

TheatreWorks is proud to present Four Plays: ABCD, conceived and directed by  Vertical Submarine, TheatreWorks Associate Artistic Directors this April 2013. This blog is dedicated to you with updates, information and other interactive stuff about the performance!

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