PlayCo presents William Burke’s Is it Supposed to Last?, an iterative performance co-directed by Burke and Bryn Herdrich and presented live in monthly installments. At a time when our isolation and uncertain futures amplify the need to take care of ourselves and others, the performance dizzily spins around the question, “What happens when the nurturers are unable to nurture the people who need them?” Featuring Carolina Đỗ and Jehan O. Young, Is it Supposed to Last? expands on the Mini-Commission of the same name, with an artistic team that also includes Jenny Beth Snyder (project manager), Sugar Vendil (composer), Aaron Gonzalez (video systems designer), Carolyn Mraz (co-designer), and Cheyanne Williams (co-designer).
Is it Supposed to Last? is a play—but also a streamer-stuffed, Neil Diamond-enhanced, currently-but-perhaps-not-always Zoom-captured party celebrating the good parts of people, a ritual of friendship, and an exorcism of the repeating bile that comes in between. Each installment will progress from the last, with performers appearing in different locations across New York, incorporating the existing conditions at the time to play with our evolving experiences of isolation and communing.
For the first time, the series’ final performance will invite a limited number of in-person audiences to experience the work, at a special surprise location in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
Requirements for attendance will be subject to NYC and venue-specific COVID safety regulations, including proof of vaccination or a negative test. A waiting list will be available once we reach capacity.
Additionally, we welcome audiences who can’t make our last party in-person to attend remotely:
The performance is free but space is limited due to the intimate nature of the event. A waiting list will also open once all spaces are filled.
Read our digital program here!
Photos from our August iteration
Previous Title Iterations
JANUARY 28, 2021
MARCH 23, 2021
APRIL 29, 2021
MAY 27, 2021
JUNE 29, 2021
Written by William Burke
Co-directed by William Burke & Bryn Herdrich
Jehan O. Young
Video Systems Designer
Aaron Gonzalez (Iterations 1-3)
Xavier Khan (Iterations 3-5)
Jenny Beth Snyder (Iterations 1-3)
Guillermo Contreras (Iterations 4-5)
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Is It Supposed To Last? is made possible by the support of the Venturous Theater Fund of the Tides Foundation.
The Play Company gratefully acknowledges the leadership support of the Kaplen Brothers Fund.
Operating support for The Play Company is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New York Theatre Program in partnership with the Alliance of Resident Theatre/New York.
The Play Company gratefully acknowledges the support of the following: