Rachel Frank (MFA '05) Directs Performance at Two Locations on Two Days: Sat. Mar. 6 & Weds. Mar. 31

Rachel Frank (MFA '05) has written and will direct Sleep of Reason: A Sculptural Performance, which will run on Saturday, March 6 at The Bushwick Starr Space in Brooklyn, NY and on Wednesday, March 31 at Vaudeville Park in Brooklyn, NY.

Sleep of Reason uses the allegorical narratives in Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos and The Disasters of War series to examine the theatrical/performance implications of prisoner torture and abuse depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs. The performance is set up in a tableau vivant manner: staged still scenes are briefly illuminated with a flash of light cutting through longer periods of darkness. The performance is not an exact reproduction of the images in the photos, but rather, like Goya’s prints, uses fantastical costume and allusion as an allegorical critique. Referencing his works, the costumed performance suggests the recurrent darkness beneath the rational and enlightened society of today.

Born and raised in Kentucky, Rachel Frank is a sculptor based in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including grants from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, and residencies at The Marie Walsh Sharpe Foundation and The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. This will be her first theatrical performance.

Saturday, March 6, 2010
Doors open at 7:30. Performance starts at 8:00 p.m. sharp.
The Bushwick Starr Space
207 Starr Street #4, Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Doors open at 7:30. Performance starts at 8:00 p.m. sharp.
Vaudeville Park
26 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

To see more of Rachel's work, visit www.rachelfrank.com

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