A consciously multi-sensory performance that elevates a boring normal day by distilling it to each of the 5 human senses.
IN ONE SENSE takes its audience through a typical day of Cass’s life. But what starts as a naturalistic representation of someone’s morning routine explodes into immersive sensory components. With the help of facilitators, audience members are lead through the chronology of Cass’s day one sense at a time, and are fully immersed in the extremity of each sense. They don sensory-deprivation goggles and earplugs. They’re fed the distilled tastes of what she eats. They’re instructed to remove their earplugs to hear the barrage of the sounds of the city she walks and rides through. They re-insert their earplugs and smell the pleasant and unpleasant smells of her office and her co-workers. Their goggles are removed and they’re overwhelmed by the seemingly simple things that Cass sees, having not been able to see for some time. Finally, with their goggles back on, they feel all the things that press on Cass, physically and emotionally.
Columbia University, Schapiro Theatre, August 2015
— Direction: Rachel Karp
— Design: Kelsey Burns, Scot Gianelli, Raphael Mishler, and Ben Vigus