Pencil Shavings and the Fat Vogue...then Phaedra
by Iris Lapid
Although I have been out of school for two and a half years now, I think I will always associate September with new Beginnings. Something about the smell of pencil shavings and the extra big edition of Vogue always fills me with anticipation. Well, It's officially autumn, I've turned the heat on in my apartment, and MAP is back in rehearsal!
No more cameras? No more verbatim? You'll have to come to find out!
- Instead of a show every month, we are mounting a Trilogy of shows throughout the year (November, January, May), and hosting events in between. The events are a cross between a party and a cabaret, and they will showcase emerging artists of all varieties.
- We have graduated to the Main-stage of MainLine! Also, we will have two nights of performance per show, instead of the one-night-only blitz of Season One.
- Finally, we have begun to push the boundaries that have always defined The MAP Project. Our form is evolving organically to reflect the content of the show. No more cameras? No more verbatim? You'll have to come to find out!
As we began our exploration, I became more and more fascinated by the idea of examining two characters who are addicted to one another. This past summer many well established couples in my social circle (including myself and my boyfriend) went through breakups. Many of us are now back together, to the chagrin of some. I started thinking: is "getting back together" the taboo of our time? It's no sleeping with your step-son, but something about having to tell your best friends that you are once again seeing the same old person feels shameful. Many young people have experienced the "on again, off again" relationship, myself included. With one particular partner, I remember thinking: are we the couple that keeps on trying to be together and it just doesn't work, or are we the couple that keeps trying to break up and we just can't be apart? I also remember thinking that I would never know the answer until much later.