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Mytho? Lure of Wildness

conceived and performed by Anna Kohler
directed by Caleb Hammond

featuring Hapi Phace

a surround sensorial play

Premiered at the Abrons Art Center
December 9 through 22, 2016

Previewed at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre from October 28 through 29, 2016

Conceived and performed by legendary downtown theater maker Anna Kohler, directed by Caleb Hammond, and featuring renowned performance artist Hapi Phace, MYTHO? immerses the audience in a unique sensory experiment with aromas, three dimensional sound by Almeda Beynon and media projection by Shaun Irons and Lauren Petty.

Producing and presenting material is available here.


The New Yorker, by Hilton Als

“In her new piece, Mytho? Lure of Wildness, Kohler no doubt takes some of the information that she has amassed over many years of performing with powerful directors to make a theatrical work about what looking feels like, to the muse and to her creator. Directed by Caleb Hammond, the performance combines all the mediums Kohler has worked in (video, stage, and audio), the better to create a myriad portrait of a mature actress whose beauty lies in her restlessness and her ability to incorporate theatre’s sadness—all those ephemeral moments—into the energy and excitement that goes into making something new, which exists to disappear, too.”


New York Times, by Laura Collins-Hughes

“…It is an incisive meditation on age and youth, the female body as an object of art and desire, the easy power of nubile beauty and what’s left when that goes away.”

A woman, naked on a podium, being carefully and bluntly scrutinized by the probing eyes of the painters in the room. Who is looking at who? Who is more vulnerable? The extremely high level of charged back and forth in this situation of interdependent scrutiny demands this strategy of sensual immersion for the audience as well.

Peter Ily Huemer, Juergen Schoenstein, Leo Banks, Elizabeth LeCompte, Joe Pinstripe, Mimi Goese, Philippa Wehle, Mary R. Smith, Kristina & Chris Campmany, Brooke O’Harra, Mark Goldberg, Paul Berman, Vallejo Gantner, Janet D. Clancy, Scott Shepherd, Jay Scheib, Adrienne Westwood, Catherine Gund, Gregory Mehrten, Diane and Judah, Brian Mendes, Suzanne Bocanegra, Tracy Strain, Jay Wegman, Adam Weitz, Robert Cucuzza, Yehuda Duenyas, Penny Arcade, Heidi Riegler, David Silver, Neil Greenberg, Cherie Fortis, Tal Yarden, Joseph Stackell, Gary Wilmes, Gina & Tyler McGinness, Stavit Allweis, Kim-Loan Pham, Rachel Veroff, Lucy Sexton, Aaron Landsman, John Collins, Marianne Weems, Erin Douglass, Joseph Silovsky, Linda Mancini, Mark Haynes, Kourtney Rutherford, Greta Turken, Sturgis Warner, Gregory McKenzie, Susan Sokol, Margery Mailman, Paula Gordon, Laryssa Husiak, Hahn Rowe, Helena White Fifer, Nicholas Elliott, Kate Ryan, Tymberly Canale, Hellen Kisic, Rebecca Wisocky, Sharon Fogarty, John Levin, David Cale, Judith Grodowitz Daniel, Rafael Sanchez, Bruce Allardice, Markus Hering, John Hagan, Holly Golden, Kyle Decamp, Kristin Marting, Stephanie Fleischmann, Ying Liu, James Findlay, Kristin Worrall, Lisa Clair, Bridget Balodis, Dafna Naphtali, danpan, Peter Cooke, Jerry Clements, Julie Troost, Johanna M. Veth-Abinusawa, Richard Maxwell, K. Schroth, Linda S. Chapman, Morgan Jenness, Stephen Haff, Susan Bernofsky, Scott Watson, Dawn Saito, Hal Westwood, Gregory Maya, Donna Herman, John Westwood, Katiana Rangel, Jennifer Tipton, Hal Hartley, Andrew Zimmerman, Paula and Dana, Ellen T. Harris, Dan Kuan Peeples, Stefan Kurt, Gene Gort, Ben and Tiina Dohrmann, Asta Hansen, Tara Webb, Jeffrey Casper, Melitta Fitzer, Julia Judge, Daniel Pettrow, Daniel Panaccione, Susan Cohen, Tom Regan, Doug Landau, Joel Bassin, Eszter Balinth, Tanya Selvaratnam, Pedro Rosado, Cynthia Hedstrom, Jennifer Woodward, Daniel Dobson, Alan Brody, Sabine Levet, Lina Viste Gronli, Sara Brown, Rebecca Shepardson, Janet Sonenberg, Katherine Snodgrass, Edythe Haber, Carol Rain, Molissa Fenley, Willian Niederkorn, Karmenlara Ely, Wendy Vanden Heuvel, Willem Dafoe, Steve Buscemi, Markson IdeaCraft, Eran Ergozy, and the many others who preferred to remain anonymous. The production was funded in part by James T. Robinson Fund, the New York State Council for the Arts, and the Center for Art, Science & Technology at MIT.

Photos of the Boston Playwrights’ Theater preview performances by Carlos Gonzalez, photos of the Abrons Center premiere by Paula Court and Jane Stein