Love and Insanity: Stanford White and the Gilded Age
The Clocktower Gallery (108 Leonard St., 13th Fl., Manhattan)
6pm doors, 7pm start
RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
On October 6th and 7th, 2011, the Clocktower Gallery and ARTonAIR.org present Peter McCabe’s Murder, Love and Insanity: Stanford White and the Gilded Age, a radio play retracing the trial of Harry Thaw, the wealthy playboy best known for murdering the American architect Stanford White in a jealous rage over the alluring Evelyn Nesbit. The play will be performed live for an audience at the Clocktower Gallery –which Stanford White designed in 1897– on October 6th and 7th, and streamed live and recorded for radio broadcast on ARTonAIR.org.
Written and directed to emulate the style of classic 1930’s radio drama, and performed in a lush installation in the Clocktower’s Performance Gallery, Murder, Love and Insanity’s four episodes each reveal an important clue to the true story behind this murderous love triangle. Recounted on the witness stand and from behind the scenes, interpretations of fact in this story frequently conflict and countermand each other. Was White a libertine or an upstanding artist wrestling with the hypocrisy of the era? Was Harry Thaw a hero defending the honor of his young wife or a stark raving mad sadist? Evelyn Nesbit: Innocent? Coquette? Or co-conspirator? Through these figures and their personal stories, both real and fabricated, Murder, Love and Insanity explores the ambiguity of history and the fetishism of beauty.
Murder, Love and Insanity is produced by artist, director, and playwright Peter McCabe over the course of a residency in the Clocktower studios. The production’s collaborators include director and designer Damien Gray, composer Alexander McCabe, actors Chuck Montgomery and Nina Hellman, and foley master Matt Tennie.