We’ll see you in March for the next iteration!
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 beginning January 28 at 8:00PM EST. 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.
The next iteration of Is It Supposed To Last? premieres in March.
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.
Audiences are encouraged to attend more than one iteration. If you want to be the first to receive notifications for when RSVPs open up, join our mailing list!
Photos from our August iteration
Previous Title Iterations
JANUARY 28, 2021
MARCH 23, 2021
Written by William Burke
Co-directed by William Burke & Bryn Herdrich
Jehan O. Young
Jenny Beth Snyder
One of the central questions of Is It Supposed To Last? is “what happens when the nurturers are unable to care for the people who need them?” Between now and our next iteration in March, we’re hosting a month of free individual and communal activities focused around rest. We know that the past year has distorted, eroded, and reshaped our personal and professional boundaries. We planned these events to create opportunities for our community to care for themselves by reclaiming personal time and space in gentle and affirming ways.
PlayCo Idea Labs complement our productions with an eclectic series of free public conversations, events, and activities with artists, scholars, and community leaders. All events are free and open to the public.
Thursday, February 4, 12:30-1:30PM EST – a group nap (yes, you heard right!) hosted by Is It Supposed To Last? performer and PlayCo staff member Carolina Đỗ
Sunday, February 14, 5:00-6:00PM EST – a virtual meditation led by playwright & meditation teacher Justin Taylor
Wednesday, February 17, 11:30AM-12:30PM EST – a journaling session led by PlayCo staff member Charlene Adhiambo
Sunday, February 28, 8:00-9:00PM – a virtual dance party hosted by The Social DisDance Party
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: