MORE SIGNS THAN SUN
a living performance : the newest testament : a play : book : american autobiography
More Signs than Sun: a play in two parts
pt I: high watt beam layer as a tantrum of love
pt II: light tunneled into thin blue lines
More Signs than Sun is a poetic, non-linear, experimental text of shifting forms—mixing elements of pop culture, dance, film, and technology with lyrical dialogue to create a world as disorientating as our own. As yet, uncategorized in form. technically, translated into 2 full length plays, written for a cast of 6, in the continuous present, without recurring scenes/characters. Distilled, the content can be best described as American, with an emphasis on the media and other forces shaping our collective psyche. an exercise in challenging, through the voice’s’ of 143 characters, what it is :
to be ‘whole’.
to embody a whole
to me, to you = as bodies = as hole, as pole
re: points of separation
PART I: prologue
MSTS started as a storybook based off a series of ink drawings I made in 2013. This became the prologue and foundation of the play. Essentially, this details the original 'falling' of man - via separation from source and then self and others - from a contemporary lens.
All characters in the play are based off the same series of ink drawings I’d made between 2013-15. These drawing grew in complexity as time progressed. In Act 1, these characters were used to develop portraits of different forms of media. Like the prologue, each scene was driven by dialogue rather than setting or plot but the content didn’t really lend itself to any form I was familiar with. So I began experimenting. First with huge digital posters of each scene - like a still frame of simultaneous live action (Fig 1) and eventually, smaller, image-only posters (Fig 2) to mark (and keep track) of each form of media I’d composed. Without recurring characters or through-lines, visually mapping the project became extremely important. Here are two versions of the same scene.
An initial attempt to begin explaining and contextualizing this work to an audience.