Performed and Facilitated by Sarah Garton Stanley and Marcus Youssef, Directed by Chelsea Haberlin. In Residence at Farnham Maltings, UK.
Awkward Conversation is both a performance piece and a public conversation. It is based on what Sarah and Marcus call radical openness or transparency, a determination to speak publicly, spontaneously, with both rigor and vulnerability, about their own failures in relationship to issues of power and privilege and identity. And to be grilled about it, too. Conversation models a space in which conflict is permitted simply to exist, where the value of being right is actively questioned, and where failure’s fundamental importance to human existence is acknowledged.