Award-winning Sydney-based creator and performer Nat Randall seeks 100 men to perform a short scene live in The Second Woman, a 24-hour cinematic performance work. It will be performed at ACMI on Friday 20 May, 1.00pm until Saturday 21 May, 1.00pm.
Playing the female lead in a short scene inspired by the cult film Opening Night (dir. John Cassavetes, 1977), Randall will repeat the exchange continuously over a 24 hour period with each of the 100 male leads, to explore the trade of emotion, intimacy and chemistry in performance. Audiences are invited to enter and exit the performance space throughout the duration of the performance and are encouraged to return multiple times over the 24 hour performance.
Randall and her character will begin to unravel as time passes, while new, fresh male leads are welcomed onstage at each repetition to perform the short scripted scene.
The Second Woman is inspired by the rich performance lineage of Gena Rowlands, the American film and stage actress famous for her role in John Cassavetes’ film Opening Night, a meta-theatrical-film.
The performative style of The Second Woman will emulate that of Cassavetes in both live and live-feed forms, exploring the blurred lines between scripted dialogue and improvised moments, the meta-quality of the dialogue and the focus on emotional, physical and relational connections, above action and narrative.
The scene lasts no longer than 3 mins, with the whole experience totalling approximately 20mins. No experience necessary, all ages and backgrounds welcome and each performer will receive an honorarium.
Show: The Second Woman
Venue: ACMI – Studio One, Federation Square, Flinders Street, Melbourne
Dates: 20 – 21 May
Times: 1:00pm – 1:00pm (24 hours continuous)
Ticket: Free, no bookings required