In case you weren’t at Toronto’s Luminato Festival last year (or at Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center or MASS MoCA), here’s another chance to catch Berlin-based theater artist David Levine’s Habit. A hybrid of installation, performance, and theater, the work will take place at Essex Street Market in New York, where three actors will use a fully functional, furnished ranch house designed by Marsha Ginsberg as their stage, performing a ninety-minute long script on a loop for eight hours each day. The dialogue stays the same, but the choreography is ever-changing as the performers improvise according to their whims and physical needs during a normal day (if they’re hungry, they’ll make a meal in the kitchen; if they’re feeling dirty, they’ll have a shower), making every iteration of the play one-of-a-kind. Viewers can walk around the set for as long as they like, watching the action from windows or standing directly in front of the actors.
Currently, Levine is raising funds to pay actors and allow free entry to the New York run of Habit on Kickstarter. Donate to the cause here and, depending how much you give, snag a part as a dead aunt, an invite to the on-set opening night party, a blueprint of the house, and more cool rewards.
Habit is slated to run at Essex Street Market from September 21 to 30.