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Actors in their Habitat

Watching Habit by David Levine is unlike any play you have ever seen…guaranteed. Think you’ve seen it all?…We promise you haven’t. Every performance of Habit is, by nature, undoubtedly different than the next.

The play is set within a house that has been built in the middle of MASS MoCA’s, Hunter Center. The audience must walk up to the house and peer through the windows to view the action within the four walls.

The set has been built, the props have been purchased, and the actors have analyzed their characters with David, but the staging and the viewing of this performance is explicitly spontaneous.

When walking up to the house of Habit you will hear actors at any given point in the script. Will you enter during the pumpkin sex scene? Or will you arrive during the fight? Or Mitch’s serenade to Viv? There is no way to tell.

So you walk closer to the house…feeling a little nervous. Almost like you shouldn’t be there. But you’re curious. You want to know what they’re talking about. So you open the curtains and find three young characters (Doug, a cocaine dealer, Mitch, his naïve younger brother, and Viv, an addict who is “crashing” with the boys) in the midst of an existence that revolves around sex, drugs, rock n roll.

As your interest grows for the intoxicating story, you begin to move around the house to follow the character of your choice. A special interaction takes place within the audience as you begin to shift around each other. You must share window space with the person standing next to you, you can glance at each other during a questionable scene, and you may silently agree not to peer through the bathroom window when a character is “relieving themselves”.

The eerie and essential effect of voyeurism is executed by the absence of interaction between the actor and the audience. There is no “wrong” time to begin watching the show and no “right” time to leave. So now, we DARE you to see Habit THIS WEEKEND. It may ruffle your feathers a bit, but why not make life a little interesting?

Click here for more info about show times and ticket prices for Habit.

Thanks to Miss Danelle Cheney for the photos =]

Posted February 22, 2011 by MASS MoCA
Filed under BLOG, Habit, Theater, Work-in-progress
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