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2005

THE GODS ARE POUNDING MY HEAD
(AKA LUMBERJACK MESSIAH)
Written, Directed and Designed by Richard Foreman

 

The Gods Are Pounding My Head

NOTE FROM RICHARD FOREMAN

When I began rehearsing, I thought "The Gods Are Pounding My Head" would be totally metaphysical in its orientation. But as rehearsals continued, I found echoes of the real world of 2004 creeping into many of my directorial choices. So be it.

Nevertheless, this very - to my mind - elegiac play does deliniate my own philosophical dilemma. I come from a tradition of Western culture in which the ideal (my ideal) was the complex, dense and "cathedral-like" structure of the highly educated and articulate personality - a man or woman who carried inside themselves a personally constructed and unique version of the entire heritage of the West.

And such multi-faceted evolved personalities did not hesitate - especially during the final period of "Romanticism-Modernism" - to cut down, like lumberjacks, large forests of previous achievement in order to heroically stake new claim to the ancient inherited land - this was the ploy of the avant-garde.

But today, I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self - evolving under the pressure of imformation overload and the technology of the "instantly available." A new self that needs to contain less and less of an inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance - as wee all become "pancake" people" - spread wise and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.

Will this produce a new kind of enlightnement of "super-consciousness"? Sometimes I am seduced by those proclaiming so - and sometimes I shirk back in horror at a world that seems to have lost the thick and multi-textured density of deeply evolved personality.

This play speaks to that anguish. The lumberjacks suffer, in secret, from a broken heart - which may indeed be the heart of the world. But, at the end, hope still springs eternal...

CAST

Jay Smith
T. Ryder Smith
Charlotta Mohlin

STAGE CREW

Calvin Alden
Theresa Buchheister
Matthew Griffen
Ben Horner
Chris Mirto
Stephanie Silver

PRODUCTION TEAM

Morgan Pecelli (Managing Director)
Paul DiPietro (Technical Director)
Anthony Cerrato (Assistant Director)
Daniel Allen Nelson (Sound Engineer)
Sarah Krainin (Props Engineer)
Oana Botez-Ban (Costumes)
Joshua Briggs (Lighting Engineer)
Manny Igrejas (Press)
Performing Art Services (Arts Management)

 

PRODUCTION INTERNS

Seth Abramson
Stephen Cedars
Georgia Clark
Nellie Fleischner
Ethan Gould
Christina Latimer
Brendan Regimbal
Shannon Sindelar
Cady Zuckerman

REVIEWS

Ben Brantley, New York Times
David Cote, Time Out New York
Michael Feingold, Village Voice
Jenny Sandman, CurtainUp
Jonathan Kalb, Hot Review.org
Joseph Nechvatal
Alan Lockwood, New York Press
Jeremy McCarter, New York Sun
Steve Luber, OffOffOnline
University Wits, Village Voice