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Thoughts on The Clay Duke Dec 10, 2013

Who doesn’t want to see a live performance that’s a retelling of a shooting at a school board meeting via music, dance, humor, strobe lights, fog, underwear, and discomfort? These were my somewhat skeptical thoughts I had as The Clay Duke was about to begin. (Though I will admit to being intrigued.) 

Seemingly imbued with the power of clairvoyance, OtB Artistic Director Lane Czaplinksi anticipated my sentiment (which apparently was not confined only to the recesses of my nervous mind), writing about it in his Curator Note in the program. He concluded:

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What That Must Feel Like Dec 6, 2013

When I think of essence, I think of Herbal Essences shampoo ads, and watching them as a kid. The commercials were racy for a quiet 8 year old preacher’s kid from Minnesota, especially when attempting to empathize with the woman, what that must feel like for her. But my parents bought the product regardless. I remember using it in the shower and thinking, “This shampoo is the best thing I’ve ever smelled.” That stuff was serious.

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So Subversive It's Exciting Dec 6, 2013

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Things Fall Apart- Dayna Hanson's Clay Duke Dec 6, 2013

On the day that Mandela passed on, it is easy and necessary to celebrate another great African, Chinua Achebe, who wrote "Things Fall Apart." They do, with  regularity, baffling us in the anthropomorphic world we have created over the past hundred and fifty years, hoping to construct Adam Smith's utopia.

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"a feeling of knowing" – Common Observer reviews The Clay Duke Dec 6, 2013

"I think that the two Dukes together in their gesticulating, swaying, stomping, and decaying were compelling. They gave a feeling of knowing to the Duke’s humanness." – Common Observer reviews The Clay Duke

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I Have A Motion Dec 6, 2013

This is as multi layered as it gets. I’ve often wondered aloud what it would be like to be that proverbial fly on the wall. A bug-eyed witness to events hidden from view by an air vent or rafter, gleaning interesting details only hinted at and with this production of Dayna Hansen’s “The Clay Duke” I got my wings.

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Glass Dec 6, 2013

Sometimes I think back to community college sociology seminars; discussing how social problems are constructed. A problem is not a problem until it is made into a problem.  The issue of an “issue” performance is the issue of why an issue is being made into an issue.  

 

What came first; the chicken or the egg? The snake or the apple?

 

Dayna Hanson has a remarkable ability to raise an issue on transparent platforms. Her gift to the audience is herself and her cast, visibly raising it, whatever it is. 

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shattered Dec 5, 2013

still weeping the morning after.

it is as if Dayna and her ensemble took the simulacrum of the human psyche manufactured to ease the marketplace of American culture and stretched it out delicately in every possible direction revealing, among the innumerable strands of programmed violence, the secret animal beings that lurk through us on their way to love.

a study beyond analysis. an art beyond medium. a drama from within freedom. 

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