The world-of-mouth hit of the 2012 New Orleans Fringe Festival, Instant Misunderstanding was nominated for the annual Big Easy Theater Awards’ Best Original Work of Theater. It’s the third piece in Goat in the Road’s political trilogy (Whatever Just Happened, Didn’t Happen and Our Man were the first and second installations) – an implosive exploration of technological anxieties in a digital age. Past and present collide in a whirlwind of sandwiches, phone conferences, tea, and computer commands as two brothers, Johannes and Johannes Gutenberg, struggle to invent the internet and propel themselves into a confusing and uncertain future. Can a data processor become president? Instant Misunderstanding is conceived and performed by GRP’s William Bowling and Christopher Kaminstein, written by the duo and Northeast Kingdom native and collaborator Sascha Stanton-Craven. The play is directed by Andrew Vaught.
“The chemistry between Bowling and Kaminstein is so dynamic that it carries the audience through rapid-fire comic dialogue, song, dance, gesture, wrestling, funny accents and cleverly crafted wordplay. The writing is beautifully deliberate – you get the sense that not a single word was chosen casually, as the actors make use of repetition and other tricks of language to illustrate the mutability of meaning. As the players rip breathlessly through perfectly choreographed slapstick, the central narrative is craftily revealed: a question about how technology affects communication, image and our perception of reality, and whether the tail is, in fact, wagging the dog.” -- New Orleans Times-Picayune
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