A No Total Play with and By
I heard she was sick that night, which I didn’t remember at first. Now we’re in this position of having to redo what we already gained over and over, having to redo the same fight. I heard a lot of fear. And anger. We have changed our habits and expectations of each day, observing the news and almost being surprised when there isn’t something shocking happening. I heard it was also related to their past living under a dictatorship and the sense of a lack of control over who is governing. They weren’t surprised, and they felt burnt out because they were already tired from the campaign. And then it meant that we were going to have to talk about this for longer. I heard them say that they felt it was important to continue doing their work. Because their work felt relevant to the things that are happening right now.
We began with personal narratives. We worked to remove those stories from ourselves by relating them to other stories. In newly entangled form, we puzzled them together.
We’ve listened to one another while checking the impulse to respond; we’ve tried to remember what we’ve heard; it’s theater, where the same thing is performed in the same place each night.
I heard a student ask his friends, “is there a word in English for building your happiness on top of someone else’s?”
Everyone was excited to be closer together a little bit despite the circumstances.
You Should Wake Up Earlier is organized by No Total
With thanks to Artists Space for their generous support