Terminal Lucidity: A Dada-Inspired Feminist Scream

by Amy Bernstein

MD

Terminal Lucidity is a Dada-inspired, multi-media performance piece created with a deep sense of urgency. It's a direct response to the assault on human and civil rights taking place in the United States today. Wild costumes. Music. Strange dialogue. Poetry. All kinds of people in crisis--especially cis and trans women. This is how I make art that pokes power in the eye. I’ve teamed up with New York-based director, producer, and choreographer Melanie S. Armer (www.melaniearmer.com), who is well-versed in experimental theater. We seek funds to mount a world premiere production of this wild ride in the true spirit of Dada theater, combining reason and anti-reason, sense and nonsense, design and chance.

Terminal Lucidity tracks eight characters—all played by cis or trans women, whose rights and safety are so threatened now. They seek to escape from the clutches of a Monster who has hurt each of them in turn—even as they turn on each other. But is escape even possible, when forces of darkness are closing in around you?

The world of the play is infused with the aesthetic of Dada, which was created by artists, writers, composers, and intellectuals in the early 20thcentury in Europe and Russia, in response to the horrors of World War I. Dada is so relevant today! That’s why Baroness Elsa von Freytag Loringhoven —a real person who was an extraordinarily original Dadaist artist, performer, and poet in the early 20th century—is also on stage, reciting her weirdly powerful poems.

Help us re-invent the post-apocalyptic Dada spirit!

Once we raise $3,600, we can pay all our actors. Additional funds will help support the rest of our creative team.

We are actively pursuing other funds, but this campaign will provide crucial leverage!

Please provide generous support for this unique theater piece that seeks to afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted! It’s going to be a wild and fun ride – and we’d love to have you along! 

Thank you.