Curated by Srijon Chowdhury

Loosely based on the original turn-of-the-century play by Maurice Maeterlinck, Pelléas & Mélisande is about love, silence, and the ineffable nature of human emotion. It bears the fluctuating trait of tragicomedy, and involves timekeeping, constant weeping, and the symbolism that epitomized the original play. As Pelléas & Mélisande engages a mystery it does not understand, the writers hope their audience might slip into this story, to find a new and surprising way to commune.

Tim Reid makes theater, writes, teaches, performs. He takes analytic thought to absurd ends, looking for rupture and frames. The work is about love and trouble. He has made and directed pieces at PAM Residencies, Machine Project, and Highways, and performed at Pieter, REDCAT, Night Gallery, USC Visions and Voices, the Hammer Museum, and Links Hall, among others. He is a co-curator at PAM Residencies, a co-editor at Riting.org, was an ensemble member of The Neo-Futurists in Chicago and an original member of Wet The Hippo in Los Angeles. Most recently, he has researched and written on both melodrama and clown. He has a BA from the University of Chicago and an MFA from CalArts in Critical Studies.

Meg Whiteford writes books and makes theater. Her writing on visual art and performance has appeared in Artforum, Aperture, and X-TRA. She is the author of The Shapes We Make With Our Bodies (Plays Inverse, 2015), the Curator’s Choice for the 2017 BAM Next Wave Festival Reading Room, and Callbacks (&Now and Northwestern U. Press, 2018), recipient of the 2016 Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Prize. She has performed at Pieter, PAM, REDCAT, Machine Project, Coaxial, and Project Utopia. She is currently the managing editor of the Art Book Review and teaches dance and performance theory and history. Her ballet, Overture, a response to the drawings of artist Beau Rhee, will be published with Gravel Projects this fall. She is interested in creating wild rides.

Run time: 60 min.