FRIGID New York presents A Dr ML Godin production: The Spectator & The Blind Man: Stories of Seeing and Not-Seeing, written & directed by Dr ML Godin and opening in the 2013 FRIGID New York Festival! The production will run February 20th -March 3rd, 2013.
Voilà, enlightenment's blind side! Set in eighteenth-century Paris, The history of Braille begins at a sideshow spectacle and ends with revolution. Hear intimate stories of triumph and degradation embedded in sound and visionscapes. Think Ken Burns on hallucinogenic steroids!
Godin has shamelessly named The Spectator & the Blind Man after her 2009 dissertation, which you can find at Google Books. This then is a research project running off the rails! In the history of the education of the blind there are moments and characters that do not fit neatly into the dry and straightforward narratives of progress and enlightenment. Godin decided to investigate these little stories. The result is a dark and humorous work of speculative fiction with a steampunk aesthetic. It is informed as much by research as by the degenerative eye disease that has slowly taken her sight. "We all play in history blindly," she says with a wink. "I have been thinking about these stories for a long long time, and am thrilled to have them brought to life by such an amazing team of artists, academics and performers!"
Starring: Bill Chambers, Gregory Levine, Leslie Goshko, Cathryn Lynne, Dan Rose, Bryan Harris & Dr ML Godin.
Featuring original art & curated projections by: Nellie King Solomon, Todd Jackson, Nicole Simpson, David Lowe and Caroline Kasnakian.
Dr ML Godin is a writer and performer whose autobiographical treatment of Helen Keller's time on vaudeville called The Star of Happiness is proud to be one of Horse Trade's touring shows. She received her Ph.D. in early modern literature from NYU's English department and has taught many classes on poetry, fiction, and the great books of Western Civilization!? When she is not teaching and writing she can be seen running around town with her handsome Igor GuideDog and performing at comedy, storytelling, and variety shows such as Tell Your Friends, The Liar Show and Alter Ego. She is a proud winner of the Moth Story Slam and the faithful sidekick of Sideshow Goshko!
Show Dates & Times:
Thursday Feb 21, 8:40pm
Sunday Feb 24, 12:30pm
Monday Feb 25, 10:15pm
Wednesday Feb 27, 10:15pm
Saturday Mar 2, 8:25pm
Tickets: $5-$13 at www.FRIGIDnewyork.info or call 212-868-4444. Performances run at The Kraine Theater, 85 East 4th Street between 2nd Avenue and Bowery, NYC.