(beyond) Doomsday Scrolling
Artistic Discipline: Theater
Category: Brooklyn Arts Fund
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Williamsburg

(beyond) Doomsday Scrolling is an original work of feminist epic theatre about women, war, displacement, and resistance. Set in an imagined theatre sheltering women fleeing from wars across time and across the globe, this dramatic cabaret connects the invasion of Ukraine with the larger landscape of systemic aggression around the world. Multilingual and intergenerational, the show is performed by 12 women and 1 man, from 10 countries. Featuring an all female band, with songs ranging over cultures, eras, and genres, the piece conveys experiences of displacement and resistance through drama, satire, personal testimony, living-newspaper, and text drawn from the long tradition of women’s war writing. From the theatrical cabarets of the Jewish Ghettos in WWII to the theatre-shelters of Ukraine in 2022, theatres around the world have played a critical role in wartime - as shelters, as sites of opposition, and as spaces in which to construct sense from nightmare. Excavating that legacy, "Doomsday" traces a single day in the life of 12 women from different countries, wars, and eras, sheltering in one theatre: a microcosm of intercultural conflict, friendship, violence, and resilience. The play culminates in an action of resistance quoting the global legacy of feminist arts activism.