Arcadia, Indiana

Arcadia, Indiana

May 20th

8 pm in the annex

Mark McCloughan and Toby Altman present a performance by Mark McCloughan of excerpts from Toby Altman's Arcadia, Indiana (Plays Inverse, 2017). Arcadia, Indiana is a mutant tragedy, a five act-sonnet sequence, staged in the trash-choked landscape of pastoral fantasy. It plays with narrative, labor, sexuality, and form, starting with a murder in an Indiana steel factory and ending with the Sphinx refusing all of Oedipus’ solutions to her riddles. This play is a Renaissance tragedy in contemporary drag, destabilizing literary boundaries to develop a poetics of trash, in which the repressed and discarded parts of (literary) history return to strangle their point of origin. 

 

Additional readings by Mel Bentley, Davy Knittle, Kao Kue, and Michelle Myers.