In January 2009, Greg and his partner found themselves in rural Illinois sitting at the kitchen table of a traditional Amish couple, Samuel and Martha Herschberger. Across that table, they attempted to share a conversation across divergent perspectives.
Crack of Dawn is an online improvised durational performance that lasts from sunrise to sunset, taking the idea of that original conversation as its source and replaying it again. And again and again and again.
Through an almost musical progression of repetitions we will share secret thoughts, differing perspectives and apple butter recipes over a distance as one afternoon turns into a strange, kaleidoscopic examination of empathy, assumptions, and the possibility or impossibility of ever really understanding one another.
Conceived by: Greg Wohead
Performed by: Greg Wohead, Amelia Stubberfield, Tim Bromage & Catriona James
Original music: Maxwell Sterling
Technical and Administrative support from the GIFT team:
Kate Craddock, Jason Crouch and Melanie Rashbrooke
Crack of Dawn is co-commissioned by Theatre in the Mill, South Street, University of Reading, Chapter and The Yard with additional support from Shoreditch Town Hall. The development was supported by a residency programme with Los Angeles Performance Practice at CAP UCLA and mala voadora’s Dois por Dois residency program supported by Inresidenceporto. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England with additional funding by the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.