For their first ever Seattle engagement Forced Entertainment brings Bloody Mess, an epic production for 10 performers that creates startling and comical new logic from the collisions of disconnected characters, stories and performances.
A: Its important to cry.
B: No it isnít . Itís more important to laugh.
I think, maybe, we have got closer than ever before to a certain dream Ė that of making a work which on the surface seems quite out of control and cannot be successfully turned into a story and yet, at the same time functions effectively at every level.
Weíre following the strict, even minimalist approaches of recent projects from Dirty Work to First Night and The Travels with a project thatís emphatically more layered. Definitely and proudly theatrical, Bloody Mess is composed in a spirit more akin to that of painting, choreography or even late-night channel hopping. Itís about the collision of different worlds and personas Ė collisions at which sparks fly, collisions that may be both comical and disturbing.
Bloody Mess has been made as part of the companyís 20th Birthday celebrations and it seems like a very appropriate project at this point in time. For us, the mess and its structured exuberance is something of a manifesto; an insistence that theatre can be more than drab story or literary rhetoric, that its heart lies in the play, in liveness and in the event.
Something happens. Something unfolds. And youíre there to join the dots and enjoy.