I wrote about a unique piece of theater from director Christopher Clark:
Director Christopher Clark first discovered Tad Friend’s New Yorker article “Jumpers” soon after it was published in 2003. Tackling the subject of suicide on the Golden Gate Bridge, the article made an impact on Clark, and he’s revisited it several times over the years.
But it’s been more recently — since Clark was diagnosed with ALS in 2016 — that the director has discovered for himself a new medium of creative expression, and now he’s using it as inspiration for a devised theater piece based on the article. That medium: podcasts.
“In the past year, because of my mobility — my mobility is less than it was before — I’ve started listening to podcasts,” Clark said this week in a phone interview. “I love podcasts, and I didn’t really listen to them before. And I remember thinking, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to see a piece of theater that reflects a podcast?’ … And I thought, ‘Why don’t I do, (on) stage, a visual podcast? And use this incredible article as the text.’”