Produced by zeitpunk theatre (touring)
McKechnie's 45 minute solo show about depression was billed as a punk-performance lecture. The creative team set out to uncover demonstrations that simulated the different phases of depression McKechnie explains in his script. The overarching visual metaphor relies on McKechnie placing the plinths, which hold the objects for his demonstrations, on top of an egg that symbolizes him, until he eventually gets to an emotional place where he must destroy the table the egg sits on.
After the success of the show at SummerWorks, we received a workshop remount at The Theatre Centre in the fall of 2016. The show has toured to the Victoria Soulo Festival and the Thunder Bay Theatre Fest.
Performed at SummerWorks 2016, Toronto ON & The Theatre Centre
PLAYWRIGHT & PERFORMER: Thomas McKechnie
DIRECTOR: Michael Reinhart
ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Julia Matias
SCENOGRAPHY: Claire Hill
PRODUCER Kelly Read
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Christopher Ross
STAGE MANAGER: Nicole De Angelis
SUMMERWORKS PHOTOGRAHY: John Gundy
WORKSHOP PHOTOGRAPHY: Brandon Crone
The Theatre Centre Workshop
Theatre Centre Photos: Brandon Crone
Inspiration & Process
The dramaturgical process for the show was long and involved, with the blocking heavily linked to the scenography. Between April and July we met and worked on text, visual metaphor, performance ideology and semiotics. We ran through everything from dolphin costumes, Foucault, line block paintings, the symbolism of an egg and the meaning of a sledgehammer.