Early Morning Song, by Rachel Jendrzejewski
Early Morning Song
October 14-30, 2016
Red Eye Theater
15 West 14th St., Minneapolis
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As an obscure woman scientist determinedly documents her life’s work, she discovers she’s no longer in control of what’s being catalogued when the archive takes on a life of its own. Early Morning Song is written by Rachel Jendrzejewski, Spring 2016 IAS Artist in Residence, and conceived and developed in collaboration with Red Eye Theater:
Red Eye and I have been doing a lot of thinking and discussion and exploration around how this seed concept, “creations that consume their creators,” plays out in the world, for good or ill: from the nuclear bomb to the internet to parenting and beyond. For awhile, I kept coming back to money – this human-made construct that completely controls contemporary human life. But over time, Red Eye and I have together shifted focus to think more about mortality itself and the consuming stories that we create about ourselves, our place in the world, our work, our legacies, what will happen when we die. To some extent, humans create these stories (and craft them with very particular comforting structures) to cope with deep fear of uncertainty. And yet, simultaneously, here we live on a planet with a very uncertain future, in terms of how much longer humans will exist at all. So that’s become the meditation of this piece.
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