PANIC EVERYTHING'S FINE
November 9 - 19, 2017
New York City
About The Project:
Panic Everything’s Fine is a civilians’ guide to catastrophe and disaster. This play investigates what people naturally do when our world encounters emergency. In an attempt to discover how we can better improve our global citizenship, the audience follows four actors encountering different forms of disaster, which reveal larger trends of tragedy and the depths of hope that can be found in times of hardship.
Panic Everything’s Fine asks, “How do we live in a world in crisis?” As concerned citizens, we want to stay engaged with global problems without falling into despair. How can we remain citizens of the world without being consumed by global crises? How can balance the weight of our own problems against that of our world’s? At its core, the play is about finding hope in desperate times.
ITW’s intent is to create a civilians’ guide to living in a world with war, death, sickness, and hunger. The piece uses text from John the Devine, Camus, Virginia Woolf, Adam Smith and ITW Ensemble Members to create images and studies of apocalypse. Our hope is to create empathy and positive action amongst contemporary audiences who may not be as immediately or deeply affected by current global catastrophes. We also aim to create a vocabulary for discussion that is can be humorous and accessible despite the weight of our source material.
Panic Everything’s Fine is a highly physical piece of theatre, which uses non-linear storytelling and montage to explore the sensation of disaster and the methodology of relief.
About The Process:
We are creating the piece by deconstructing the Christian apocalypse myth in four studies. Each act explores the theme of one of the horsemen of the apocalypse: War, Death, Plague, and Famine. These studies look at what it means for us to live in a world alongside atrocities like War or Famine even if we do not come into direct contact with them.
The Judeo-Christian Myth tells that the simultaneous presence of the Four Horsemen signals the end of the world. In a small society, such as that of the early Christians, the manifestation of these four disasters would have been an end to their world. In our contemporary (and much larger) global society, these “horsemen” are always present. There is always a war or a plague; people are killing each other daily, and earlier this year an official famine was declared in the South Sudan as a result of civil war. According to the myth of the Four Horsemen, the end is here.
Support & Development:
SITI Company/Anne Bogart: SITI Lab 2017 is supporting Panic Everything’s Fine in its development. We are creating the piece with members of ITW and the SITI Conservatory under the mentorship of SITI Company and its directors.
Wilson College: Panic Everything’s Fine will receive a one-week funded rehearsal and performance residency at in Chambersburg, PA. ITW will share their training and creation practices with Wilson students.