In this older piece (May 2008), a silent narrative fiction is told through a theater seating chart — both in print and as a flash animation work.
Dinner Theater explores how performance can be captured with the page; and secondarily, aims to highlight the routines that an audience itself participates in when its members attend a show, as these routines often constitute performances in their own right.
In Dinner Theater, the story is told through a seating chart: we learn about the characters by seeing their activities as projections from their assigned seats. One seat ‘fluffs hair’ while another ‘waves to arising persons’. The cacophony of actions narrates the play’s arc, from the first audience arrival, through multiple acts, and to an empty and silent theater at the end.
More on this project, including a link to the print version, here: tinyurl.com/7xdt6px