Julia Mounsey & Peter Mills Weiss

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Co-presented by MAYK and Arnolfini.

“My name is Julia. I’m going to talk to you for about twenty minutes, and then there is going to be a performance. Does that sound okay?”

[50/50] old school animation is a diptych of monologues for two women. The first woman outlines her very particular philosophy around bodies and suffering. The second woman suffers. 

Following two successive runs at the Under the Radar Festival at the Public Theater in New York City and a run at the Radikal Jung Festival at the Münchner Volkstheater, Brooklyn-based theater artists Peter Mills Weiss and Julia Mounsey bring this critically acclaimed, deceptively simple performance to Mayfest 2020. 

[50/50] is a haunting meditation on misogyny and cruelty that deftly subverts the confessional monologue, the theatrical spectacle, and ultimately, the audience’s unconscious desire to witness and accommodate the brutalization of one woman. 

Peter Mills Weiss and Julia Mounsey collaborate together on works for the stage.

Their first piece, [50/50] old school animation, was first performed at JACK in 2016.  Their work has been seen at The Under The Radar Festival at The Public Theater, LaMaMa ETC, Ant Fest at Ars Nova, the Munich Volkstheater, and CATCH Performance Series. 

Peter has collaborated with artists such as 600 Highwaymen, The Wooster Group, Richard Foreman and Clare Barron. Julia has worked with New York City Players, Soho Rep, and was an assistant director on Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men. Their new piece, while you were partying, was developed in the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Baryshnikov Arts Center Residency, and will premiere at Soho Rep in New York City in June 2020.

“...a rattlesnake-fast two-hander about female betrayal; give them 50 minutes and they’ll take a year off your life. ”

Helen Shaw, Time Out Magazine

Developed with the support of an HB Studio Residency.