SHOW TITLE: The Clock That Fell Off The Mantle
PRODUCER: Morally Ambiguous
SHOW DESCRIPTION: Time is running out and there is a race to place value on the years past. In the struggle to capture time, time is lost with preoccupations. All that is left to do is allow time to take its inevitable course.
WHAT CAUGHT MY INTEREST: These guys also appeared at the Not-So-Silent Planet Fringe Preview on July 5th, and impressed with their ability to adapt a sprawling show to a very limited space.
INTERVIEWEE: Taylor Fischer (director)
Just who do you think you are, anyway?
My name is Taylor Fischer, I am seventeen years old and will be a senior in high school this fall. After high school, I plan on attending college and getting a BFA in theatre directing or majoring in film directing. I have been performing since I was five years old, but in the last few years I have uncovered my passion for directing and performance creation. In my free time, I love making short films and writing. The Clock That Fell Off The Mantle is the first show that I’ve ever produced. It’s also the first show that I’ve ever directed completely on my own. In the past, I have assistant directed several times and performed in many shows. However, I had never gotten the chance to make my own show and I am so thrilled to be putting a show up in the Minnesota Fringe Festival!
So what’s the big idea?
The Clock That Fell Off The Mantle is a collaborative piece, most of the ideas in the show were created by the ensemble . It is about people who live in a dystopian society where they are born with timers on their wrist that state the amount of time left in their life. All people are born with a random time and there is absolutely nothing they can do to change their fate. The show surrounds a group of people trying to escape the inevitability of death and how they spend their last hour of life. The individuals are crippled at the thought of death because no matter how much time people have it never feels like enough. The idea for this show came from many late night existential crises. I was interested in how much the world would change if it had different social constructs, like life-inspiring timers. I think people often except the world for how it is because they don’t believe they have the power to change anything. Throughout the show the characters attempt to fix the broken system in their society, but as many people have found when trying to change an unjust system, their opposition is immovable.
How did you come up with a screwy idea like that?
I am doing this show because it tackles a lot of ideas that are relevant to our modern day society. The show deals with the impact that social class has on overall life quality, even though social class is often determined by family background rather than the work of the individual. It becomes impossible for people to have any benefit on society when they are forced into a system of oppression where citizens with the longest lifespans have the most value to society.The show explores how time impacts a person’s life and how we spend our entire existence obsessing over what is left. It also touches on no matter what you do in your life or how long you live in the grand scheme of things people are just specks on the universe. I am also doing this show because I think there is a lack of opportunities for young artists to create their own work and make a show that they really want to be a part of. Often the only opportunities for teenagers are roles in “classic” shows that young people can’t relate to, and that don’t pique their artistry. This show was created collaboratively and the entire cast and crew are people from the ages 16 to 18.
Why should I care?
People should see The Clock That Fell Off The Mantle because it addresses many issues that are very prevalent in the 21st century. Issues of social classes, fearing death, and trying to repair an unjust system. The show is not a musical, but it does combine elements of theatre, dance, and music. There’s something for everyone to enjoy. If that wasn’t enough, people should see this show because so much hard work was put into it by many talented, young artists. Seeing it encourages and supports local upcoming artists creating original work.
Justify your show’s existence in haiku form.
Our lives are a speck
A minute glimpse only
Of what life could be
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