Some Historic, Some Hysteric2004 & 2006 | Clemente Soto Velez Written by Ildiko Nemeth and Jessica Sofia Mitrani Directed by Ildiko Nemeth
“Dazzling, brilliant, and searing.”
By Irene Backalenick, Backstage
“Some Historic/Some Hysteric” exposes the father of neurology’s contributions to vaudeville and art by rendering the doctor’s salon style of publicly performed lectures. The multi-media theater piece confronts the ambiguities between performed and real behaviors, and examines the role of audience/observer in the developments of personal identity.
The play is inspired by the book,”Invention of Hysteria: Charcot and the Photographic Iconography of the Salpêtrière” by Georges Didi Huberman and uses it as a point of departure. Some of the play’s texts derive from direct transcripts of Dr. Charcot’s Tuesday lectures, Freud’s quotations and the 16-volume work, “The Diaries of Hannah Cullwick, Victorian Maidservant,” which provides detailed information on the lives of working-class Victorian servant women. Other texts are written by Jessica Sofia Mitrani, who co-conceived the piece with director Ildiko Lujza Nemeth.
Jessica Sofia Mitrani
PROJECTION DESIGN BY
COSTUME DESIGN BY
ldiko Nemeth and Jessica Sofia Mitrani
SET DESIGN BY
Tino del Casar
Jeanne Lauren Smith
Kaylin Lee Clinton
*These Actors are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.
Photos by Markus Hirnigel, Tamas Resz, and Nicolas Silaberfaden
Innovative Theatre Awards 2007:
Outstanding Performance Art Production (nomination)
Outstanding Ensemble (nomination)
Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role – Denice Kondik (nomination)