Excerpt of 90-minute work. Conceived and directed by Ben Vershbow. Created with the ensemble: Jeremy Beck, Daniel Larlham, Craig Pattison. Co-produced and designed with Dorit Avganim. Performed in IRT, West Village, NYC.
In this strange literary-theatrical hybrid, three performers explore the psychosonic landscapes of Melville's famous story of Wall Street in a late-night proofreading binge. As the semi-improvized reading progresses, the lone voice of an elderly lawyer pluralizes into a three-headed consciousness, variously defending, attacking, flattering and debating with itself. Melville's mysterious work-place narrative comes briefly to life, but the figure of Bartleby remains "un-cast", passing fleetingly from actor to actor before slipping back into the scattered pages on the lamp-lit table.
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