MR. AKITA (2015, 2017)
Mr. Akita is a one man play in which a Borscht Belt comedian and and op-art painting, go "head to surface" in a reminiscence of love, sex, art, failure and the sublime.
ENTER A MAN IN A SUIT. THE MAN WILL BE A BORSCHT
BELT COMEDIAN, DE KOONING, A WATERY GHOST, A
PAINTING, CHRIST/JACK NICHOLSON. ALL LINES ARE
HIS. STAGE DIRECTIONS ARE OFTEN SPOKEN. THOSE
THAT ARE NOT SPOKEN ARE IN PARENTHESES.
Written and Directed by Asher Hartman
Performed by Cliff Hengst
Painting, Sun burn (Split), 2012 by Emily Joyce
Photography and video by Ian Byers-Gamber
Mr. Akita was first performed at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, September 26-27, 2015, as part of the exhibition Machine Project: The Platinum Collection (live by special request). In 2017 Mr. Akita was presented at HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL in Los Angeles for 3 show from March 3-5, 2017 and for 2 shows in the Bay Area at the Berkeley Museum of Art & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) April 13 and 15, 2017.
Mr. Akita in the Press
"An Absurdist Play About Art-Making at Hauser & Wirth"
By Matt Stomberg for Hyperallergic, March 2, 2017