I haven’t looked at photos yet.
Simply can’t bring myself to.
What end would that serve?
It would just be upsetting.
I don’t want to be upset.
It’s far, far, far, far, far away.
Panic Everything’s Fine is about the struggle for refuge in an increasingly rancorous world. The play looks at the discontent we all feel with the incessant signaling of our world’s destruction. We watch our world combust as everything gets hotter. What will remain? What will be lost? And how can these disasters lead us to a more hope filled future?
We began creating the piece by deconstructing the Judeo-Christian apocalypse myth into four studies, each exploring the theme of one of the horsemen of the apocalypse: War, Death, Plague, and Famine. These studies look at what it means for us to live in a world alongside atrocities like War or Famine, even if we do not come into direct contact with them.
An everyday disruption at the center of New York City ripples out across the globe in a rapidly-worsening obstacle course of disaster, barreling the planet into an absurd apocalypse. Inspired by Umberto Eco’s La Nueva Edad Media, the play follows an absurdist destruction of civilization at human hands.
Panic Everything's Fine began as a reaction to the 2016 election, responding to the anxiety manifested by the 24 hour news cycle and the rapidly declining world around us. It asks, “how do we survive in a decaying world?” A patchwork of characters struggle to cope with the impending disaster as we probe how to logistically and psychologically survive amidst the chaos of overwhelming global disaster.
The Judeo-Christian Myth tells that the simultaneous presence of the Four Horsemen signals the end of the world. In a small society, such as that of the early Christians, the manifestation of these four disasters truly would have been an end to their world. Yet, in our contemporary, global society, these harbingers are always present. There is always war and famine; people kill each other daily, and we are currently living through a pandemic reaching all corners of the globe. According to the myth of the Four Horsemen, the end is nigh.
Panic Everything’s Fine was developed with support from SITI Company/Anne Bogart and through a one-week funded rehearsal and performance residency at Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA. The piece was created through collaborations between members of The SuperGeographics and the SITI Conservatory, under the mentorship of SITI Company and its directors as part of their SITI Lab residency. The play premiered as a part of the opening season of The Tank NYC’s new 36th Street Theatre in October 2017