|Love in the Void (alt.fan.c-love)
conceived and directed by Elyse Singer
The full-length version of Love in the Void premiered as part of the American Living Room Festival at HERE in Soho and ran for three weeks in August 1995 in the Club Space as part of a festival sponsored by New Georges. The show returned to the same space in November 1995 for four additional performances. Its last presentation was in October 1996 at P.S. 122.
NOTE: Carolyn did don her Courtney drag for one additional event: 24 Hours in Cyberspace in February 1996. The resulting photographs, taken by Life Magazine staff photographer Joe McNally, appeared in the "Sex Lies and Websites" section of the site, and subsquently published book, under the title Rock Diva Online. Vice President Al Gore later officiated a ceremoney wherein Cyber24.com became the first Web site inducted into the Smithsonian Institution. Love in the Void is the only play represented in the collection.
"the piece as a whole, directed by Elyse Singer, was terrific. Words and images kept trading places. The technological world was given flesh and blood without losing its aura of science-fiction spookiness." -- Margo Jefferson, New York Times (5/17/95). For full review, click here.
"The American fascination with the trope of the tragic torch singer gets a funny and harrowing workout in Love in the Void" -- John Istel, Village Voice (8/15/95) For full review, click here.
"coadaptors [Carolyn] Baeumler and Elyse Singer have slyly located their Courtney Love in a Richard foreman-esque existential hell...Baeumler, as Love might say, fakes it so real she is beyond fake." -- James Hannaham, Village Voice (8/22/95)
"It took a small theater piece based on the Internet posts of Hole's Courtney Love to evoke the essentially psychological nature of cyberspace..[Carolyn Baeumler's] performance is impresive both in its physical and emotional aggressiveness and its aesthetic restraint....she and director Elyse Singer are able, perhaps for the first time on the stage, to capture a bit of the 'Net mystique." --Ed Hewitt, Music Wire 8/23/95
"Courtney's intelligence, biting humor, and weary worldliness, from having experienced more psychic agony than she should ever have had to in her relatively short existence, is captured by Baeumler, in a powerful portrayal...Most of the play is extremely funny." -- CaRol E. Mariconda, Addicted to Noise (8/2/95). For full review, click here.
photo: Daniel Sollinger
and, last but certainly not least, Void made the Internet Underground Online Top 100 : " a round-up of the most Notorious, Ridiculous, Infamous, Ludicrous, Outrageous, Egregious (think we used the Thesaurus feature in Word?) Humorous, Scandalous and Plain Old Wacky Events, Issues, People, Sites and Trends on the Internet in 1996" Even though, we must point out, the play premiered in 1995.
Set Designer: Martin Fahrer
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