The goal of Staging Wittgenstien is to dramatize philosophical thought conveyed in Ludwig Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico–Philosophicus through the lens of his later idea of the “language game.” Wittgenstein is wrangling with the connection between reality and language (or lack thereof), the irony being that he uses language to discuss language, thus limiting himself in using but this one form. This project acknowledges the various forms language can take, primarily through physicality.
I.M. LOST! is a show based on interviews with clowns and the author/performer Nathalie Ellis-Einhorn’s experiences with clown training. Clowns fail again and again, but despite all logic to the contrary, believe that things will be different the next time. Nathalie’s clown, dubbed Little Snotty after her tendency to cry and even leak snot out of her red nose during exercises in clown class, is a BIG failure. But she doesn’t know how to cultivate the clown’s irrational hope. We follow her through encounters with birthday, hospital, and theatre clowns who discuss failure and why they keep pouring all their work, pain and love into something that’s sort of dumb and useless.
Tickets: $15 in advance, $18 at the door, $12 students / seniors / ID NYC