Set against a backdrop of global crisis at a house party in an actual New York City apartment, the characters of Versailles 2015 focus on the minutiae of their daily lives in a play which questions the responsibilities and obligations of the true ruling class. With scenes that include a bathtub dance by Jonathan Matthews, the results are both familiar and wonderfully disconcerting.
Conceived and Directed by Erin B. Mee
Text by Charles Mee and Jessie Bear
Choreography by Jonathan Matthews
Videography by Stefan Hartmann
Stage Management by Sophia Lana Cohen Smith
Shiri Ben-Moshe, Caitlin Goldie, Ashley Wren Collins, Hannah Goldman, Caiti Lattimer, Christopher Morriss, Morgan Patton, Leila Satyanath-Mee, Jeff Ronan, Russell Sperberg, Colin Waitt
"Delightful and provocative...Amidst the countless atrocities that confront us every day, at our core we are all struggling to find the naked honesty in our own lives... Versailles 2015 allows us the time to contemplate this in its characters and in ourselves."
"The overall tone, to the credit of director Erin B. Mee, helps the show maintain a sort of ‘whistling past the guillotine’ balance between the obvious (yeah, we’re privileged, so what) and the unsettling (but we – us in this room – not just the bankers – are actually living the kind of life that can bring about a revolution from its underclass, which should perhaps cause us more concern than it does).
"Versailles 2015 is over far too quickly. It is an hors d'oeuvre plate of scenes that collectively...have a message about elitism and the vanity of apathy...Brief and poignant, Versailles 2015 will linger in your mind long after you see it."
“Versailles 2015 is a meditation upon privilege…It blurred the lines between audience and performer, ignored entirely the idea of a fourth wall, and managed to fit in some wonderfully crafted dialogue.”
October 9 - November 20, 2015, New York, NY
February 5 - 7, 2016, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY
(Presented by En Garde Arts)