July 6 - 26 @ 2pm & 5pm
Two actors. Two screens. One single take. The final scene of a movie.
In July 2013, the acclaimed director Daniel Fish assembled a film crew to shoot Thomas Jay Ryan and Christina Rouner performing the final scene of the cult film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. For two hours, the performers were told to keep going, no matter what happens. Eternal, first presented in 2013 at the Incubator Arts Project, is the unedited, two-channel video of their performance.
The lines appropriated by Fish in the video are the only thing that remains constant. Everything else—pacing, tone, body language, timing, voice inflections, facial expressions—change with each iteration, coloring the text with a different, unexpected meaning. The performers, previously seen together in Fish’s 2011 piece Tom Ryan Thinks He’s James Mason Starring in a Movie by Nicholas Ray, turn the obsessive repetition into a master class in performance, transforming the potentially tedious exercise into an ode to the contours the human heart.
Concept and Director: Daniel Fish
Performers: Christina Rouner and Thomas Jay Ryan
Director of Photography: Michael Koshkin
Sound Recording: Patrick Southern
Costumes: Terese Wadden
Projection: Andrew Lazarow
Sound Mixing: Daniel Kluger
Producer: Shelley Carter
Script excerpt from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, written by Charlie Kaufman and directed by Michel Gondry
Daniel Fish is a director who works in theater, opera and film, based in New York City. He draws on a broad range of forms and subject matter including plays, film scripts, contemporary fiction, essays, and found audio. He began his career directing the plays of Shakespeare and Moliere and in recent years has made new work from sources as varied as Elliott Smith's album From A Basement On A Hill, and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma. He has directed plays by Chekhov, Ibsen, Oscar Wilde, Clifford Odets, Charles L. Mee, Sarah Ruhl, David Rabe, Roland Schimmelpfennig and Sheila Callaghan.
His work has been seen at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe including, BAM Next Wave Festival, Noorderzon Festival, The Chocolate Factory, The Public Theater’s Under The Radar, Opera Philadelphia/Curtis Opera Theater, American Repertory Theater, Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College, Yale Repertory Theater, McCarter Theater, Signature Theater, The Shakespeare Theater Company, The Juilliard School, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Staatstheater Braunschweig, and The Royal Shakespeare Company. Residencies and commissions include The MacDowell Colony, Baryshnikov Arts Center, The Chocolate Factory, LMCC/ Governor’s Island and The Bushwick Starr. He has taught at The Juilliard School, The Yale School of Drama, Bard College, and Princeton University.
Fish holds a B.S. in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.