Chess Match No. 5
For many years Anne Bogart and SITI have wanted to create a project celebrating the great American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. Chess Match No. 5 is a play based upon texts from the many public conversations that John Cage conducted with others over his lifetime and is the first step towards the realization of a large-scale cross-disciplinary project entitled Theater Piece #1. Chess Match No. 5 will serve as an anchor and organizing principle for all of the component parts and collaborators of Theater Piece #1.
Chess Match No. 5 is a two-character play featuring SITI actors Ellen Lauren and Will Bond. The two embody the dramatic journey of a long-term relationship over the course of a single night. At the center of the action is a chess game being played, which serves as the organizing principle of the piece and its essential metaphor. The physical action will be created separately from the text that SITI has commissioned Jocelyn Clarke to construct based upon the many public conversations that Cage conducted with others during the course of his lifetime. The density and relateability of the couple’s relationship will draw in the audience’s empathy and the conversational text, which is philosophical, humorous and penetrating, will lend grace and profundity.
Jocelyn Clarke has worked with SITI Company on numerous projects, including Bob, Room, Score, Antigone and Trojan Women (After Euripides). His understanding of the way SITI works, his sympathy for the unique collaborative process and atmosphere of frank critique critical to the Company’s projects makes him an invaluable co-creator.
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