ANGELL GALLERY is proud to launch our new video program with the Canadian premiere of, ERASED, a Canada-US collaboration that develops the potential of theatre in a time of lockdown.
Set within a claustrophobic room of a greeting card factory, four workers create ready-made sentiments for the masses. As each worker navigates their relationship to power, in a world run by an anonymous system, we begin to learn what exists past the four walls: people are being ‘disappeared’ and a resistance of women have been lost…
Inspired by Francis Bacon’s screaming popes, Coleen MacPherson questions the themes of loneliness and complicity in the violence inflicted on others within our rapidly changing world. A dystopian parable that is poetic, violent, darkly humorous and imagistic: an awakening for us all to look deeply into ourselves and the state of our planet.
“On March 13th, 2020, Erased was in rehearsals in Toronto when it abruptly stopped due to COVID-19. As we slowly learned the reality we were all facing, that theatres were shutting down and Experiments at La MaMa were going digital (meaning we weren’t coming to New York physically)—we decided to use this moment as a way to experiment across distance; to collaborate across borders when the Canadian and American borders are closed.
Shot entirely on Zoom in the confines of our apartments—from Toronto to New York; Charlottesville, Virginia and Los Angeles, we invite you to a play reading experiment.”
WRITTEN BY: COLEEN MACPHERSON (Ontario)
DIRECTED BY: JASON TRUCCO (New York)
FEATURING: MICHAEL AYRES (Ontario); YAEL HAKSAL (Virginia); VALOIS MICKENS (New York); ALIX SIDERIS (Ontario)
CINEMATOGRAPHY BY: GUY LIVNEH (California)
DESIGN BY: GeLato (California)
MUSIC BY: JOHN KING (New York)
POST PRODUCTION BY: JASON JENN (California)
EDITED BY: BUZZER BROKEN (New York)
PRODUCED BY: eugene the poogene (California); COLEEN MACPHERSON (Ontario); OPERATION FUN CLUB; LA MAMA ETC; OPEN HEART SURGERY THEATRE