Things as They Are
“Things as They Are” is a dramatic exploration of American poet Wallace Stevens (1879-1955), a stoic visionary whose titanic imagination and confounding duality have lent him an unwavering mystique. This all-new, multimedia work combines a script by David Todd, an original score by Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance), and licensed works by Stevens with movement, commedia dell’arte, and projections. Directed by Anjanette Hall, “Things as They Are” looks past the stock image of its subject as an aloof executive with avant-garde leanings. From run-ins with Marcel Duchamp to Ernest Hemingway, and from crises with wife Elsie to daughter Holly, the play reveals the “real” Wallace Stevens to be a man of great insight, contradictions, whimsy, and desire.