Theodora Skipitares’ Strings-Attached Version of THE CHAIRS
Eugene Ionesco’s dark comedy THE CHAIRS is getting a new spin at La MaMa, thanks to puppeteer Theodora Skipitares’ expansive vision. Instead of the usual Old Man and Old Woman populating the stage among empty chairs, Skipitares takes the absurdist classic a step further, using visually arresting puppets.
In Skipitares’ version of a post-apocalyptic world, the Old Woman is portrayed by a 10-foot puppet who invites guests to hear an important message about life’s meaning. The play unfolds as an assortment of 25 chairs appears, each one representative of a unique object with something of importance to relay to the world. In her production, the guests include contemporary pop culture figures as well as literary and scientific figures. Among those represented are Gertrude Stein, Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Yoko Ono and the Russian punk rock protest group Pussy