Self at Hand

Author: Jack Hanley

Self at Hand

Description: Three linked one-acts that look at the dehumanizing effects of technology.
Year Written/Copyrighted: 2005
Date Added: 9/25/2013
Content Advisory: Lots of adult language and situations.
1 Act, 70 Minutes
2 Females, 3 Males

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Keywords: Expressionism · Horror · Non-traditional/Non-narrative/Experimental/Post-dramatic · Postmodern · Requires/Supports Sophisticated Multimedia/Technical Elements · Sex · Sickness and Mental Illness

Original Production Information

Self at Hand was first presented by Dixon Place (Ellie Covan, Executive Director), in an eavesdrop® production (Christopher Eaves, Artistic Director) on June 3, 2005, at Dixon Place, New York City, with the following credits:

Funeral Director and The Woman: Cary Curran
The Man and The Friend: Thom Sibbitt
The Son: Christopher Eaves

Director: Christopher Eaves
Video and Sound: Christopher Eaves
Wardrobe: Nathalia Baca and Gary Baura
Styling and Special Effects: Gary Baura
Prerecorded Voice: Natalie Ferrier
Additional Sound: Joshua Coleman

Self at Hand was workshopped at Dixon Place and PS 122 in 2004. The cast included Cary Curran, George Henderson, and Christopher Eaves.

Note that the first one-act of Self at Hand (The Myth of Not to Be) was revised subsequent to the original production; The Mother and The Father are now speaking roles.