a modern absurdist
play by Natalie Menna, directed by Ivette Dumeng
September 8 to 16, 2018
Presented by Theater for the New City's Dream Up Festival
| L-R: Brad Fryman,
Maiken Wiese, Sean Hoagland. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
2016 to 2017, "Occasionally Nothing" had grown from
a one-act to a two-act and in the process of its development,
won several awards in the Planet Connections Festivity. It was
presented in final form by Theater for the New City's Dream Up
Festival from September 8 to 16, 2018.
takes us to a dismal time-to-come when something can become a
profound, obvious nothing and life becomes the time in between
the sometimes which sometimes happen. The short two-act play is
set in the foreseeable future, when the world is nearing its end. An
older man, a young man and a woman, all British expats, are sheltering
from nearby bomb blasts in a bleak room. They cope by taunting
each other with warped games of verbal wordplay and by blurring
each other's realities while losing touch with their own. The
older man is the uncle of the younger man, who is a punk rocker.
The woman, wife of the older man, is a former Rockette of Sephardic
Jewish heritage. The trio's ordeal is meant to offer a bleak glimpse
at life in the wake of a dystopian presidency, where wars
will abound, words will have lost their meaning and people will
have lost their way.
version of the play had won prizes for Outstanding Playwriting
of a One-Act and Outstanding Overall Production of a One-Act at
Planet Connections Festivity in 2016. The following year, Maiken
Wiese was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her role in the
Sean Hoagland (younger man), Maiken Wiese (wife), and Brad Fryman