A: The Wooster Group Pf: 1988, New York Pb: 1996 G: Scenario in 7 scenes S: Hotel room in Washington, DC, 1980s, and the desert, 3rd c. ad C: 5m, 4fIn a hotel room with Dieter, J.J., and Sue, Frank Dell runs a tape, which discusses love, philosophy, sex, etc., and talks to Cubby on the phone. Phyllis and Onna dance, and the Queen of Sheba appears and withdraws. There is a meditation on death, taken from Geraldine Cummins's The Road to Immortality (1932), and St Antony experiences ecstasy at the richness of Nature. ‘Onna and Phyllis practice some verbal routines’, and persuade the German chambermaid Eva and the French bartender Jacques to join in. There is a further meditation on death and another phone call to Cubby. Onna, Phyllis, and Jacques perform an odd magic show, ending with St Antony driving away the demons and awaiting the dawn. Phyllis and Onna pack up to leave, but there's something wrong with Frank.
A: The Wooster Group Pf: 1988, New York Pb: 1996 G: Scenario in 7 scenes S: Hotel room in Washington, DC, 1980s, and the desert, 3rd c. ad C: 5m, 4f
The Wooster Group, formed from elements of Richard Schechner's Performance Group, create multilayered, multi-media performances, improvising around literary and found texts, deconstructing them so much in the process that they ultimately lurk hidden like objects in an abstract painting (indeed, their juxtaposition of Arthur Miller's The Crucible with drug-taking in their LSD (…Just the High Points) of 1983 led them into copyright dispute). Here Flaubert's La Tentation de Saint Antoine (1874), based on the 3rd-century Egyptian ascetic, provides an imaginative source, hardly perceptible in their provocative, almost impenetrable, and highly charged performance, directed, as ever, by Elizabeth LeCompte.