He Said/She Said
He Said/She Said is a performance project that I originally conceived in the Spring of 2014. It was first produced in August 2014. A video documentation of the characters from that performance was also created, entitled “Sandwiches & Cold Cereal.”
He Said: One of your friends invites you to coffee. He just broke up with his girlfriend. She was a frigid bitch who was always trying to control his life, anyway. He’s happy they broke up.
She Said: One of your friends invites you to coffee. She just broke up with her boyfriend. He was a pretentious asshole who was always trying to control her life, anyway. She says good riddance.
He Said/She Said is half devised, half improvised theater. The performance is a conversation, the conversation a performance.
As an audience member, you start by sitting with either He or She and discussing their recent break-up. Fifteen minutes into the conversation, a bell rings, He & She stand up, and the play starts over again with a different character sitting in front of you.
As actors, He & She deliver two perspectives on the same story. Devised over weeks of rehearsal, the actors know the truth of their relationship — how they met, how they fought, how they had sex, how they broke up. But, like all of our memories, the story has been twisted in their heads. Truth becomes a lie the other tells, lies become the truth they tell themselves.
As an audience member, it’s up to you to decide what’s true. Or to decide nothing.
As an audience member, you can ask He & She anything. They are your friends, after all. Interrogate them. Comfort them. Make them angry. Feed them false memories. Tell them they deserved it. Plot their ex’s murder. They are your friends, after all.
Audience members will set an appointment in advance. They will enter a sparse, minimalist café with only two tables. Their friend will wave them over. The performance will begin. For all of them.
It featured Allison Frasca and Alex Aginian and was directed by Adam Cecil.