Love & Information
Directed by: Peter Zazzali
Spanning a career of four decades, Caryl Churchill’s dramaturgy continually evolves with every offer. Whereas earlier works such as Top Girls and Cloud Nine bend fantasy and reality to in addressing issues of gender identity and social class, A Number and The Skriker chillingly presage a dystopian future while Mad Forest and Serious Money respectively deploy catharsis and satire to critique the deep state manifestations of totalitarianism and capitalism. Her oeuvre is as varied as it is important.
Written in 2012, Love and Information is arguably Caryl Churchill’s most human if deliberately obtuse work. Consisting of over 50 independent vignettes, it captures our insatiable quest for the latter. Woven as a puzzling tapestry, these mini‐stories each represent the costs and benefits of an “information age” marked by Twitter, Facebook, and Big Data. While information may afford us immediate gratification and sociocultural influence, its pursuit oftentimes comes at the expense of our imaginations, our empathy, our souls, and yes, our ability to practice “love.”
The play thus unwraps as a pointillistic critique of how we navigate survival in the digital age each vignette is a brush stroke, a dab on the canvas, a snapshot constituting Churchill’s tapestry of humanity in the modern world.
Thus, its form and function reciprocally integrate to offer a fragmented structure that theatrically echoes our ever‐decreasing attention spans and commensurate disconnection from ourselves, each other, and the present moment. The play’s titular themes 3/4; love and information 3/4; are a dialectic representing an age in which progress and regression are contradictory bedfellows, with the future of the human condition very much at stake.
An Education Production of Love & Information by special arrangement with Samuel French Ltd New Zealand Play Bureau Ltd.