The Dark Hypotenuse

"SCHIZE: This one-act schematism involves a middle-aged man with a hangover who accidentally steps into what may or may not be the Lacanian Real. The stage is a thick black rhombus that hovers in the middle of the theater. The floor is a maze of trap doors through which actors may enter or exit. Some of the trap doors swing open whereas others slide or fall open. Giant mechanical arms extend from underneath of the stage. At the end of each arm is a gondola that sits up to ten spectators. Throughout the performance, the arms are in constant motion and move the audience all over the theater so that each gondola achieves a fluid multiperspectivalism as it glides east to west, north to south, accomplishing close-ups and bird’s-eye views and everything in between. . . . The Lacanian Real is the impossible, impenetrable realm around which the world turns like a berserk Möbius strip. Together with the orders of the Imaginary and the Symbolic, the Real completes a triangulation of intra-psychic phenomena that take their cue from Freud’s theories of infantile sexuality, the Oedipal phase, and disentombing unconscious flows of desire via the technology of language. The Imaginary constitutes the realm of the ego and the specular image, functioning as a platform for their dual relationship, which perpetually unfolds across the Mind’s Screen, whereas the Symbolic involves the associative formation of signifiers and signifieds (i.e., the realm of language). Not to be confused with 'the real' a.k.a. 'reality,' the Real (with a capital R) emerges as that which cannot be represented, that which is pre-Imaginary, pre-Symbolic, or, as it were, that which contradicts the Imaginary and transcends the Symbolic while remaining intimately bound to these orders. The play is situated on the unfathomable surface of this very trauma center. . . . It should be noted that certain demographics collectively refer to the Lacanian Real as the Dark Hypotenuse." —"The Dark Hypotenuse," Three Plays

Coming in March from Black Scat Books.