MR. AKITA (2015)


Mr. Akita is a one man play in which a Borscht Belt comedian and and op-art painting, go "head to surface" in a reminiscence of love, sex, art, failure and the sublime.


ENTER A MAN IN A SUIT. THE MAN WILL BE A BORSCHT
BELT COMEDIAN, DE KOONING, A WATERY GHOST, A
PAINTING, CHRIST/JACK NICHOLSON. ALL LINES ARE
HIS. STAGE DIRECTIONS ARE OFTEN SPOKEN. THOSE
THAT ARE NOT SPOKEN ARE IN PARENTHESES.

 

“Dear Painting,” said my teacher, his eyes rimmed red, his breath a crystallized ointment for an unspeakable disease. He let his hand track the surface. “Dear Painting, I am better than my father, aren’t I? Please say yes.”

Written and Directed by Asher Hartman
Performed by Cliff Hengst
Painting, Sun burn (Split), 2012 by Emily Joyce
Photography and video by Ian Byers-Gamber

Performances
Mr. Akita was first performed at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, September 26-27, 2015, as part of the exhibition Machine Project: The Platinum Collection (live by special request). Mr. Akita will be presented at HAUSER WIRTH & SCHIMMEL in Los Angeles for 3 show from March 3-5, 2017 and for 2 shows in the Bay Area at the Berkeley Museum of Art & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) April 13 and 15, 2017.