// an online durational performance

In January 2009, Greg and his partner found themselves in rural Illinois sitting at the kitchen table of a traditional Amish couple, Samuel and Martha Herschberger. Across that table, they attempted to share a conversation across divergent perspectives.

Crack of Dawn is an online improvised durational performance that lasts from sunrise to sunset, taking the idea of that original conversation as its source and replaying it again. And again and again and again.

Through an almost musical progression of repetitions we will share secret thoughts, differing perspectives and apple butter recipes over a distance as one afternoon turns into a strange, kaleidoscopic examination of empathy, assumptions, and the possibility or impossibility of ever really understanding one another.

Concept and performance Greg Wohead
Performed with
Tim Bromage, Catriona James and Amelia Stubberfield
Creative Production Management Jo Palmer

Original Music
Maxwell Sterling
Live in-person version originally made with Ben Babbitt, Tim Bromage, Mireya Lucio and Amelia Stubberfield

Images by Claire Nolan

Originally presented at GIFT Festival with technical and administrative support from Kate Craddock, Jason Crouch and Melanie Rashbrooke.

With thanks to those who have been involved in the development of Crack of Dawn: Eirini Kartsaki, Ryan Masson, Lisa Dring, Ernie Silva, Mo Faraji, Vera Chok, Season Butler, Hector Dyer, Jesse Saler, Jessica Hanna, Jorge Andrade, José Capela, Vânia Rodrigues, Laura Sweeney

Co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, South Street, University of Reading, Chapter 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.