ArtBlitz LA welcomes guest contributor MP Knowlton for a special feature on XY Naught, a play by Jory Rabinowitz presented by Night Gallery.
The tragicomedy XY Naught presented at Night Gallery orchestrates a blend of hilarious dialogue, interactions with video inlays, and an ancient Greek play. With the lead character XY lost in the modern world, visual artist Jory Rabinovitz, portrays the struggle of navigating a capitalist economy with the intention to create. In XY’s attempt to “show the world, the world” he creates a failed crowd-funding video which plunges him into debt and forces him to find work as a theatre actor. XY’s adventure traverses a stabbing, various quips at the art world, a point blank execution, and concludes with an orgy. Minimal set and costumes are filled in with big personalities and curious characters. XY Naught was originally performed at the New Theater in Berlin, then at Abrons Art Center in New York. The wonderfully colored stage masks, general peculiarity, and dynamic use of light and shadows will without a doubt leave you with a perplexed but genuine smile.
by MP Knowlton