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Imprints and Reflections Apr 29, 2016

by Jordan Moeller

The most formative experiences of our lives are often traumatic. They can occur in the most mundane of settings, highlighting and imprinting fragments of our surroundings that would otherwise slip through the cracks of memory. These facets, these wildly unimportant details, color our memory of traumatic events like distinctive and definite pockmarks.

Such is the style of the storytelling operating in 600 Highwaymen’s Employee of the Year. It is a story of a woman and her relationship to the fleeting nature of truth and time. Fitting, then, that the story is told by five very young women who make up for what they lack in age with eloquent and profound honesty.

The players move and speak with unquestionable artistic competency. They race across the stage and strike abstract poses with precision and gusto, while projecting and articulating their extensive text like true thespians. But there is an undeniable joy that bubbles just underneath the professional exterior of these performers, a magnetic, genuine excitement that is rarely scene on the professional stage. Organic and measured joy is the conductor of this piece. It flavors every otherwise nondescript moment.

Employee of the Year is about the hard truths that materialize throughout life. Some of them you find, and some of them find you. Aging is the most reliable and ruthless truth there is. It’s melancholic to watch these lively players succumb to life’s jade in 70 minutes. But it is beautiful to remember that all of us were once so vibrant.

 

Jordan is a Seattle based actor, writer and curator. He is a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound, a co-founder of DANGERSWITCH! clown ensemble, and active member of Villains sketch comedy troupe. Fan of all things Bill Murray.

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