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The Tortured One by Jason Sofge

Theaterlab, New York City.

THE OPPRESSOR. Verminous game, thou art caught! Ensnared as a loathsome bug stuck in the great spider’s silken strands.

Jason SofgeThe Tortured One
The Tortured One was developed for the May 2013 Forward Flux collaborate:create "Power of Silence" 3-week residency at Theaterlab. For more info click here. With David Riley and Joyana Feller.
As we struck up a conversation on our first meeting, Jason Sofge had an idea for a character to be able to use silence as a weapon. In this harsh power struggle, one character would always speak, while the other would remain silent throughout.
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
David Riley (The Oppressor) and Joyana Feller (The Tortured One)
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In addition to the peculiar disproportion in the dialogue, the final text provided a fascinating directorial challenge: how to stage a piece in which, due to the extreme violence described in detail in the text, what occurs can hardly be shown on stage in a realistic fashion? With the freedom we were given to explore by the playwright, the actors and I discovered an uncanny territory of ambiguity between the heightened language of the piece and an everyday situation around a tea table.