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snow Marion Davies & the Moon

A traveller stops at a barn in the night. There is a doorless opening through which he enters, and lets his bag drop. He lies down. Outside his footprints silently refill with stagnant water. In his mind he sees the road, the fields dark on either side, to the left an oblong - and as he approaches a light comes on. He stops nervously, then continues toward the house, and the door opens, inwards. A woman leans on the end of it. Inside colours are warm. He goes in. The opening to the barn is doorless. She shows him to the table, running her hand down the back of his lung. The rain is starting again on the barnroof, the upstairs windowsill, ticking like clockwork.

Marion Davies & the Moon is a shifting narrative of dark elements. Film noir, the nouveau roman, the gorgeous ‘20s, sea iguanas, hotels in Italy, Greek restaurant owners, an evening in a sculpture garden, Jimmy Durante, documentary interviews, moments when the world feels like a musical — both wonderfully and awfully .... You rearrange everything only to keep finding yourself. You tell the story of a your whole life in isolated moments, transposed across variant settings.

‘Scrawls of her body across the bed and outside the fields tracked neat like circuit boards. Cars pass from the stack of the dying day, and the buildings blink, threesixtwo windows, lit like the faces of dice ...’

‘Just like those songs that seem to sum up everything you ever had to say, and yet have nothing at all to do with anything.’


10–15 June 2003
Sudden Théâtre, Paris

Original Cast: Cassandre Fiering, Mark Downey, Jeffrey Grice, Martin Lewis
directed by Adrian Hornsby
lighting by Uri Rubenstein
movement with Mik Kuhlman
produced by Kilometer Zero Theatre Company

Film Cast: Caroline Filliette, Martin Lewis, Agnes Belkadi, Christophe Oertli, Christele Cervelle, Clara MacBride, Pia Copper, Daniel Crowley, Camille Dubois, Buster Burke, Dario Costa, Rosamond Lamb, Flore Vialet, Hugues Louagie
directed by Adrian Hornsby, camera Jethro Massey

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