by Estelle Rosen
Caleb Harrison is from Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. He loves his friends and family. He tweets (@venedikted), co-manages Scrivener Creative Review (@ScrivenerReview), and is finishing his degree in Linguistics, Psychology, and Russian at McGill. He writes.
Silence is an important component in all art. Silence at its core is simply an absence. But it is much more than an absence; it is an opportunity. On a practical level, silence in this play is used to allow room for the imagination. The audience needs silence to see what is said. The reason for this is that all of the action happens off stage. There are also times when the opposite effect is achieved: an overwhelming collage of images that the audience can only briefly imagine.
I’ll leave the more abstract interpretations of silence up to the audience.
I’m not sure I know what “adult content” is. But let’s assume you mean things like age, responsibility, regret, and so on. Consider your life. Consider the lens you look through as you walk or trudge through life. Now think back to how you used to see things. When we do this we conjure a falsity; we view our memories with a lens removed from that which observed the initial encounter. But memory is vivid. Our rational brains construct rational stories to make up for the holes in our memories.
But what am I talking about? What does this have to do with “adult content”? Everyone, regardless of age, can relate to having a past. Our pasts are made up of iterations of the self. At any given point in our past, we are a different iteration. To separate yourself from any one of your past selves doesn’t make sense. You are you. You are who you were and who you are. But in this production, and this will answer your question regarding provocation, the characters are their old selves—that is, their former selves. All we are is who we were, and that is who the characters are. So in that sense, the fact that the actors are younger only reinforces the ambiguity of identity, identity being largely drawn from memory.