“One of the most astonishing productions I have ever seen. The experience is terribly moving...Marina McClure[‘s] imagination is just breathtaking.” - Susan Solt, former Dean of the School of Theatre, CalArts
“A masterful achievement...Marina McClure has developed a singular vision for the stage” - Travis Preston, Dean of the School of Theatre, CalArts
"Invoking Wharton, they have given their leading woman a strong intellectual and emotional intelligence." "The play moves freely in time...as the heart does."- Kate Abbot, Berkshire Eagle
Leisure is the first in a three-part play cycle inspired by the dramatically contrasting worlds of Edith Wharton and Jacob Riis. Leisure, Labor, Lust explores the class system, sexual politics, decadence, and treatment of mental illness in turn-of-the-century New York.
Unspeakably rich novelist Grace Hunter and her Irish immigrant maid, Lucy take us on an intoxicating replay of dinner parties, theater dates, and romantic missive exchanges as they grapple with the suicide of Grace’s husband Harry. Time is not linear in Leisure, rather is presented in a knot, untangled by the actress playing Lucy, who portrays all the men in Grace’s life in quick succession. Moving and funny, Leisure is a highly theatrical tragedy of manners that reveals itself through experimental movement, psychological gesture, theatrical jump cuts, and multiple character shifts.
adapted and directed by Marina McClure design by Keith Skretch
workshopped at HOUSE, Los Angeles (October 2011) and Vox Fest at Dartmouth College (July 2013)
Where Are We Now
a theatrical installation of the David Bowie music video by the same name