Life and Times – Episode 2

Life and Times – Episode 2

© Anna Stöcher / Burgtheater Wien


Nature Theater of Oklahoma

Nature Theater of Oklahoma, New York
“Life and Times – Episode 2”

  • Length 2h, no interval
  • In English with English and German surtitles

The changing body, the first crush, the first cigarette smoked in secret – sometimes in confessional solos, sometimes in fresh group choreographies, the performers in “Life and Times – Episode 2” present Kristin Worrall’s experiences from age eight to 14 in brightly coloured Adidas training jackets. In episode 2 of this monumental epic, the beginning of puberty is the main subject. Hormones start showing, the body becomes a battlefield, life turns into a brutal, mist filled disco on whose dance floor the attempt to be cool collides with awakening desire. In the style of a 1980s pop musical, the performers dance and sing to synthesizer sounds generated by the Do-It-Yourself music programme Garage Band on themes like peer pressure, school problems, wanting to belong, and defining yourself. Like in “Episode 1”, the second part of the ten-episode performance “Life and Times” is based on a verbatim transcription of a telephone conversation in which the mid-thirty-year-old Kristin Worrall reconstructs her whole life in memories.

Conceived and directed by Pavol Liska, Kelly Copper
From a telephone conversation with Kristin Worrall
Music Robert M. Johanson, Julie LaMendola
Design by Peter Nigrini
Dramaturge Florian Malzacher
Chorus director Nora Hertlein
Production manager NTOK Dany Naierman
Audio engineer Daniel Gower
Project management Nora Hertlein

Ilan Bachrach, Asli Bulbul, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Daniel Gower, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Matthew Korahais, Julie LaMendola, Kristin Worrall

A production of Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Burgtheater Wien in co-production with Kampnagel Hamburg, Festival d’Avignon, Théâtre de la Ville (Paris), Kaaitheater (Brussels) and Rosas (Brussels), with funding by the The New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Pilot, with lead funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

“Das große Nature Theater of Oklahoma ruft Euch!” is a joint project of HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Berliner Festspiele / Foreign Affairs, funded by the Hauptstadtkulturfonds.
HAU / Hebbel am Ufer