This Orwellian farce about language, bureaucracies, and surveillance takes place at the surprisingly real and relevant intersection of Monty Python, The Office, and 1984. MEMO follows Gross, the harassed managing director who unwittingly authorizes an experiment that will introduce an incomprehensible artificial language causing the breakdown of human relationships and their replacement by unscrupulous struggles for power. Playwright Vaclev Havel explores the self-deluding rationalizations and moral compromises that characterize life under a totalitarian political system.
Directed by Company Member Bryan Wakefield, the production features guest artist Tricia Rogers as Gross and company member Joel Moses as Balas. Kris Downing and Stephanie Sullivan, from this season’s acclaimed production of MELANCHOLY PLAY, join Organic again this summer as Translation Assistant and Kalous, respectively. (Stephanie also appeared in last summer’s THE REVOLUTIONISTS and the previous year’s PHANTOM PAIN.) Rounding out the cast, company members Laura Sturm as Talaura and Colin Jackson as The Watcher join guest artists Subhash Thakrar (Kubs/Suba), Nick Bryant (J.V. Brown), Mary Mikva (Director’s Assistant), Kate Black-Spence (Kunc), and Schanora Wimpie (Masat).
The creative team includes Costume Designer Jeremy Floyd, Sound Designer Tony Reimer, Scenic Designer Terrence McLellan, Technical Director Kevin Nedburg, Stage Manager Angela Kring and Assistant Director Nyssa Lowenstein.