Raja Plume Kelly | feath3r theory The KILL ONE race, a seven-part game, premieres virtually at 7 p.m. on June 4. The performance-based work is commissioned and produced by Playwrights Horizons, where it was created and filmed during the pandemic.
In the half-documentary, half-theater and half-reality game show, the characters recreate a macabre game first imagined in the 1963 fictional dystopian novel. Kill one. Over the course of seven days, seven competitors compete to be the most ethical and win the singular prize of death.
“On television, 15 of the 20 top rated shows among the young adult group are either reality or unscripted. Are we aware of the negative psychological effect, the insidious impact on our behavior, or the place this form occupies in our moral landscape? poses Kelly. “As we get more and more information from reality TV, we become more and more eager to compete. People are ready to abandon their families; they are ready to give up their money; they are ready to be embarrassed; and after? I believe if we don’t start laughing at it and pointing fingers at it, the premise of these shows will soon be, “who’s going to die first?” “
The KILL ONE race is designed, produced and directed by Kelly, whose recent credits include Young director Jean Lee We are going to die at Second Stage, as well as choreographer for Jackie Sibblies Drury’s Fairview at Soho Rep and Michael R. Jackson A strange loop at Playwright Horizons.
Kelly appears in the work alongside a cast including Chris Bell, Alexandra Giroux, Amy Hoang, Claire Gieringer, Jamen Nanthakumar, Alexander Paris, Fana Fraser, Rio Sofia and Lucien Zayan.
The creative team includes Laura Snow as multimedia producer and editor, CJ Ferroni as cinematographer, with lighting design by Tuce Yasak, set design by You-Shin Chen, music by Remy Kurs and the creative architecture of Sophie Maguire. Brandi Holt is a business manager, Colm Summers is assistant to the director, and Iliya Vidrin and Jessi Stegall in place as ethics consultants.
The series can be broadcast on TheKillOneRace.com. Episodes 1 and 2 are available on June 4, followed by Episodes 3 and 4 on June 7, Episode 5 on 9, Episode 6 on June 11, and Episode 7 on June 12.