Static Apnea

A corridor of blue light directs the viewer toward the lone performer, standing behind glass and a microphone.
Is this short live theatre performance worth the risk of attending in person?

By Andrew Andrews

There’s no doubt that live theatre is going to be different as New York, the nation and the world work their way back to normal on the tails of COVID-19. We can all expect smaller performances, not only in terms of the size of the audience, but the size of the cast as well.

As a baby step, The American Vicarious takes small to the extreme with Static Apnea, a nine-minute performance by a cast of one, delivered to a single audience member in a shipping container, outfitted with lights, sounds, and a bit of a labyrinth—not to mention a solid glass wall separating the microphone-side performer from the speaker-side viewer.

A shipping container, disinfected between performances, has been specially configured as the venue. Hand sanitizer is provided for those entering and exiting the space.

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Andrew Andrews attended Static Apnea at The Invisible Dog Art Center Special Shipping Container in Brooklyn on Saturday, September 12, 2020 @ 2:00pm to write this review.

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