The How


August 3-18 2019


IN RESIDENCE: July 23 – August 19, 2019

When a manic episode prompts a struggling artist to create a YouTube Live persona and disappear into Times Square for four days, he emerges with a primer on how to survive Late Capitalism.

August 3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th 11th, 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th, 18th
TIME: 8pm
LENGTH OF SHOW: 75 Minutes
$15 – General
$25 – Patron
At IRT:154 Christopher st. NYC #3B (third floor)

William Hand (author/performer)
Polina Ionina (performer)
Paulina Jurzec (designer/videographer)

Hunger specifies theater making as an act of labor, and examines the collective reimagining of labor in our digital fame economy.

Artist’s Statement: I am exploring the work of Knut Hamsun, whose extraordinary novel Hunger shares my assumption that artistic endeavor is a means of survival. Hamsun and I believe that art making is a high wire act.

My production of Hunger is a schizoanalysis of Hamsun after Deleuze and Guattari. I got hungry to superimpose that analysis onto the contemporary mode of celebrity guru status, i.e. for everything that is a job, there is someone on the internet who plays at that job as a performance for extra cash.

William Hand is the co-founder of The How, an international performance ensemble in NYC. His most recent NYC productions include Jon Fosse’s I Am the Wind at Unruly Arts Collective and Vandals at The Tank, devised by The How. In San Francisco Will was the impresario behind the acclaimed theater company, Do It Live, premiering emergent contemporary international playwrights. He is starring in an upcoming feature film directed by Jay Alvarez and produced by the Russo Brothers (Avenger’s: Endgame), called Something’s More Than One Thing.

IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village,  IRT’s mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts and Mike Daisey.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, New York State Council on the Arts, and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of ART-NY.

PLEASE NOTE: All sales final and there is no late seating at IRT Theater.
***IRT is a fully wheelchair-accessible facility.***