by Julie Congress · June 20, 2015
Production photo | Jinyoul Lim
Arthur Adair’s Your War’try Grave is a wakeup call. Our first image is a stage full of blindfolded actors in prone positions dressed in jumpsuits, reciting facts about war, climate change, escalating and unsustainable population numbers, PTSD, the moment of conception, rising water levels, lack of drinking water, etc. We are overwhelmed by a surge of information because the current state of the world IS overwhelming.
The enormity of the situation is staggeringly juxtaposed with more minimal movement; the physical energy mirroring the passivity, the remoteness, of our digitally engaged lives. The ensemble of nameless characters onstage weave words together, speaking in unison or alternating words or layering their thoughts upon one another. The play is a barrage of information – NPR reports, science, belief, monologue, yoga chants, song blending together to form a representation of the texture of our lives, but all the while with a palpable underlying current of this is not okay, we have to DO something…now. Your War’try Grave dares us to take off the blindfold and confront where the world is headed, reminding us that the planet will survive, it’s the humans we must worry about.