Saturday night at Apropos Studio, Samantha Johns and Savannah Reich announced a new name for their playmaking partnership—Cat Fish—and offered a sneak peek at their upcoming production Fanciness Vs The Void, an existential comedy set on a boat and due to premiere at Open Eye Theatre on June 10 before setting (metaphorical) sail on an east coast tour.
The evening also featured performances of “new or slightly used” pieces by Johns, Reich, Jason Ballweber, Paige Collette, Kait Sergenian, Carly Wicks, Tom Lloyd, Alisa Mattson, and others; and concluded with a raging performance by the band Tornado and a subsequent dance party.
Ballweber, artistic director of Four Humors Theater, presented a funny, poignant work-in-progress in which balloons represent women with whom his character becomes involved.
Dance No. 1
A performance by Kait Sergenian, Savannah Reich, and Carly Wicks.
The evening’s snazzy emcee.
The performance artist presented a piece in which a Census enumerator gives her audience more than they—so to speak—counted on.
Johns (left) and Reich announced the naming of their partnership and introduced their new play.
Fanciness Vs The Void
In the scene presented, Jon Cole, Paige Collette, and Carly Wicks, long trapped on a boat (the scene begins with the boat boundaries being demarcated with painter’s tape), bicker over what to do about their situation. Collette and Wicks want to enjoy themselves with a diversionary entertainment; Cole is having none of it. The play is written by Reich and directed by Johns.
Dance No. 2
An ensemble piece led by Johns and Tom Lloyd.