“What is the bravest thing you did today?”
This August and September, Ava Roy, Founder and Artistic Director of We Players, has been in residence at LAP with actor/creator Nathaniel Justiniano. Their daily work: to roll around in the slime of human experience of the monstrous and the heroic. Informed by two classic works of literature, the Old English poem Beowolf and John Gardner’s novel Grendel, a retelling of that classic tale from the perspective of the monster of that name, they are creating a new theatrical experience built through a challenging exploration of human experience. Using fragments of these texts almost as incantations and shaping a ritual ordeal, day after day in their studios they have been deriving heroism and monstrosity from first principles. Like much of creation, it’s a noisy process and riveting to watch.