(2f) What does it mean to be a creator? Where does inspiration come from? What is the utility of failure? Using heightened visual storytelling and physical theatre, CROOKED FIGURE examines the origin of genius and the often dangerous power behind the creative process. This piece is a nonlinear interrogation of the creative process and of the measurement of success, failure, and subjectivity. Several vignettes look at moments of failure across different artistic mediums: in one, a painter struggles with internal criticism; in another, a writer finds inspiration and then struggles to regain control over the spark; and in yet another, a dancer tries to get a grasp on fleeting creativity. In between these pieces, the performers engage the audience in a game show designed to probe the audience’s subjective role in measuring success, genius, and failure.
CROOKED FIGURE was presented as a work-in-progress on February 2, 2015 as part of the Mead Theatre Lab 2014-15 season.