As small talk, it is banal. In weather maps, it is spatial and full of movement. In forecasts, it becomes predictable and civilized. When temperatures suddenly drop and tornados and sandstorms form, weather becomes a catastrophic event, transforming how we perceive our surroundings. It creates atmosphere, generates feelings, changes our perception of time and space.
In its production, “Why is it so dark?” ON AIR performers and technicians find that their own situation is much like the weather: it cannot be trusted. In a script edited and reassembled by Frauke Havemann, the dark humor of writer Mark Johnson is combined with tropes and dramatic formulas from film and television, call-in radio shows and weather reports. Overlapping radio play, performance and theater, “Why is it so dark?” traverses studios, storm zones, wastelands and spaceships, jeopardizing all connections.
with: Priscilla Bergey, Jonas Büchler, Erik Hansen,
Eric Schefter and Neal Wach
concept, script collaboration and direction: Frauke Havemann
video: Eric Schefter and Frauke Havemann
concept and assistant direction: Miriam Grossmann
dialogue and script collaboration: Mark Johnson
production management: Susanne Beyer