Every once in a while you come across some random event that sounds strangely awesome, even though you have no clue what it is exactly. Enter Adam Tinkle’s A Mess of Things, “an illuminated radio play about family, memory, and having too much stuff” to be performed tomorrow (Thursday, 9/25) in Zankel.
In addition to doing just about everything, Adam Tinkle is an artist, performer, scholar, and education in apparently all things evocative of human emotion. A Mess of Things originally debuted on April 1, 2011 at the Experimental Theater in the Conrad Prebys Music Center, UCSD, La Jolla, CA. It was then performed in June of that year at Hollywood Fringe Festival–where it won Best of Fringe–and it toured the East Coast, being performed at a variety of venues and for a variety of audiences.
A fusion of radio documentary and experimental music theater, A Mess of Things is an award winning hour-long solo performance by Adam Tinkle. It blends audio interviews the composer made with his grandfather together with text, songs, videos and live music into a dense exploration of memory, hoarding and the difficulties of divesting. Rich with sonic detail, A Mess of Things layers voices and images, and moves fluidly between intimate storytelling (think This American Life) and chaotic sonic texture (think Negativland). A must-see for fans of the Books, Laurie Anderson and Robert Ashley.
If you’re not insanely curious after reading that, I recommend you check out Steven Leigh Morris’s write-up about it in the LA Weekly. It’s at the very bottom of the piece (in the last four paragraphs), where he mentions that the piece contains “that rarest of qualities we seek, in the theater and in life—authenticity.” Where else are you gonna find that on a Thursday night at Skidmore College?
The show, which will be performed in Ladd Hall, starts at 8:00PM. Check out an excerpt from the show below. It should be weird and cool, so be there if you’re into that sort of thing.