Chuck. Chuck. Chuck. is a collage of performance, video, music, and dance that uses William Faulkner’s novel As I Lay Dying as a departure point for a broader examination of failure, secular faith and family.
The subject of the piece, and of the novel, is a family’s arduous attempt to return their dead mother to her birthplace for burial. It is an endeavor repeatedly described as pointless and futile by all who encounter them on their travels. Failure follows the Bundren family throughout with the daughter’s inability to procure an abortion drug, a son’s thwarted efforts to burn his mother’s coffin and a flood that causes the family to lose their mules and another son to lose his leg. These failures are consumptive and spectacular, upending the already delicate balance that has allowed this family to survive. Through a combination of emotional inadequacy, dysfunction and unhappy circumstance (complicated by their social and economic position), we bear witness to the disintegration of a family and the failure of love or even familial bonds to rescue them.
* Appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
“Like Faulkner’s prose, Chuck.Chuck.Chuck. is cold, murky, relentless, and occasionally thrilling. J.J. Lind, deftly directing, arranges…the palpable disconnect between the family members, who grieve (or fail to) on completely different planes.” — The Village Voice
“The modular structure and stream-of-consciousness style of William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying make the novel a daunting choice for theatrical adaptation. Yet Immediate Medium’s new production, Chuck.Chuck.Chuck., rises to the formidable challenge, offering a riveting and powerful look at the famous journey of the Bundren family.”
“Lind and his company excel in blending acting, dance, movement, and music; the finest moments of the production have been composed and choreographed to create a poetry of performance…Immediate Medium’s Chuck.Chuck.Chuck. is fascinating theatre.” — Theateronline.com
“Through beautiful live music, video, choreographed dance and outstanding delivery of Faulkner’s original text, Chuck.Chuck.Chuck. brilliantly explores the struggle among family members as they go about their daily lives.” — Washington Square News
“JJ Lind’s aesthetics are as playfully fluid as the various narrative styles of the novel, as is his cast. Immediate Medium’s ensemble work is superb, as is their aesthetic cohesiveness.” — New Theater Corps
Chuck. Chuck. Chuck.
New York, New York