performance space drawing by Lin Hixson
Can't Take Johnny to the
Funeral explores bliss and terror in the modern world. The piece begins
with the premise that militarized society destroys its children by making
them the inheritors of real and imagined violence. The audience sits around
a 19-foot square, a small-scale boxing ring. The performers execute exhausting
movement drawn from popular culture, personal experience, and observations of
sports and machines. Domestic labor becomes the forced work of the prisoner in
the image of men and women sewing. Saint Sebastian is created as the result of a
medical operation. Spoken texts relate personal experiences, suggest a domestic
wartime scene, and depict an investigation of infanticide. Can't Take Johnny
to the Funeral poetically explores the destruction of innocence and the
possibility of redemption.
Created by: Karen Christopher, Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson (director), Greg
McCain, Timothy McCain and Joan Dickinson.
Commissioned by: The National Performance Network (USA).