|After a stage blackout, a second character appears, Marti's sister, spot lit on a vertical platform. Although afflicted by the tremors of Multiple Sclerosis, she directly affects us with her unfailing sense of humour and an ability to escape her personal problems.
A third character, a guardian angel, is, of course, a full embodiment of our notions of eternity, and the fact that she turns out to be the mother of Marti and her sister is no surprise in a theatrical piece that is all about a human world of illusion, shifting identities, and its ultimate state, that of mortal self-transcendence.
So when this kind angel offers the audience a choice of cookies a round white cookie representing the full moon, a crescent cookie for indecision, and a brown cookie as a dark moon Marti's acceptance of the dark cookie is what leads her on a spiritual pilgrimage to the empty spaces of Utah where she plans to leave behind her troubled mind.
Throughout a performance time of approximately 60 minutes, Batdorf successfully depicted the drift of human consciousness variously defined by Antonin Artaud as human 'action' that goes beyond words or, as proposed by Allen Ginsberg in his Indian Journals, as a blissful state of super consciousness attained through the use of drugs.
Erika Batdorf (Photo by David Leyes)