Tonight, Debris upon the Forest Floor will make its Brooklyn premier tonight at 8pm at Great Small Works (20 Jay Street, Studio 214). The play is a collaboration between writer Madeline Ffitch of The Missoula Oblongata, textile artist Elspeth Vance, and musician Jordan O’Jordan. Jordan is a native of Waverly, Ohio, who put out an album, Not Style Nor Season Nor Hard-Handed Lesson, with Columbus Discount Records in 2005 before leaving the Heart of It All for Seattle, where he’s continued to sporadically make records. The play’s producers describe it thusly:
In 1959, a hockey goaltender finally got tired of the brutality of his position. He took the stairs to the fifth floor. He asked his friend and neighbor, a prosthetist, to construct a mask. He wore that mask out onto the ice. It would be fourteen years before wearing a hockey mask was anything more than a personal choice.
During those years of turmoil, an archivist became electrified by a mountain lion, and neighbors became friends. They strove to regain lost human skill, to invent a secret phrase, to put their hands into the mycelium, all while evading the sinister third party.
Our set is a lush and intricately constructed world of oak, seaweed, wool, perfume, and plaster of Paris. Our story fits inside a book, is encased in a cupboard, and expands to the ceiling. We ask you to become our allies, to remember a time when we could run as fast as horses, when our powers of memorization were uncanny, and when we could take photographs with our eyes.