Call It a Day originates from a real encounter between two couples who spent an afternoon together one snowy day in rural Illinois. In 2009, Greg Wohead and his then partner found themselves at the kitchen table of an Amish couple and attempted to share a conversation across divergent perspectives: one liberal, one conservative; one progressive, one traditional; one faithless, one faithful.
This show stems from the memory of that unrecorded conversation. Using a mixture of prepared and improvised material as well as meditations on the lyrics of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time and out-of-context scenes from the Harrison Ford Amish-themed crime thriller Witness, four performers visit that vaguely remembered conversation again. And again and again and again.
What unfolds is a strange and kaleidoscopic examination of the possibility and impossibility of understanding one another. Like a live art Amish Groundhog Day.
Concept and direction: Greg Wohead
Music and sound design: Ben Babbitt
Performance: Tim Bromage, Mireya Lucio, Amelia Stubberfield, Greg Wohead
Dramaturgy: Season Butler
Producer: Laura Sweeney
Call It a Day is co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, South Street, University of Reading, Experimentica and The Yard with additional support from Shoreditch Town Hall. The development was supported by a residency programme with Los Angeles Performance Practice at CAP UCLA and mala voadora’s Dois por Dois residency program supported by Inresidenceporto. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional funding by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.
With thanks to artists and performers who have been involved in the development of Call It a Day: Eirini Kartsaki, Ryan Masson, Lisa Dring, Ernie Silva, Mo Faraji, Amelia Stubberfield, Tim Bromage, Vera Chok, Season Butler, Hector Dyer, Mireya Lucio, Jesse Saler, Jessica Hanna, Jorge Andrade, José Capela, Vânia Rodrigues
24 January 19 // South Street, Reading, UK
29 January – 2 February 19 // The Yard, London, UK
5 February 19 // The House, Plymouth, UK