written by Ivana Sajko
directed by Charlotte Brathwaite
scored for 3-channel electronics
first performance Thursday, May 10, 2012 | Baryshnikov Arts Center - New York, NY
note What is it like to inhabit the mind of a female suicide bomber whose body will detonate in 12 minutes and 36 seconds? Ivana Sajko’s play, Woman Bomb, is an Escher-like series of shifts between the imagined consciousness of a terrorist and the inner monologue of the “author." Woman Bomb is not a political docu-drama, but a layered and philosophical investigation of spectatorship; feelings of desire, vengeance, and fear inculcated by the media; and the protean nature of truth. Director Charlotte Brathwaite’s production features Sajko’s text in a mise-en-abime of shifting projections where aggressive sexuality collides with filmic images and sound to creating a immersive environment. In Europe, Sajko has developed a reputation as a brilliant provocateur; Brathwaite’s Woman Bomb will mark the playwright’s NYC debut.
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