Mixed Mess@ge is a loose collective of artists, headed by Mike Taylor, who favor the phenomenological approach and make theater, video, multi-media shows and installations. Its next show at La MaMa, Not Dead Yet, is about the Faith Based Initiatives Group: a secret unilateral autonomous military commission. Its weapons are an explosive combination of the innocence of youth, the mystic cowboy code, and a new kind of compassion. Can we win our war armed solely with achingly beautiful lies? Stay tuned.
The play takes us, with singing, dancing and multimeda, into a military camp where movie cowboys are trained to deploy the newest weapons in our arsenal: the weapon of faith, the weapon of innocence, the weapon of sexual innuendo and the weapon of logical fallacy. These are combined with other secret ingredients into our biggest new weapon: the compassion bomb.
The piece is conceived and directed by Mike Taylor in collaboration with the cast: Michael Floyd Hardy, Jennifer Howard, Ryuji Noda, Gregor Paslawsky, Eric Ramey, Peter Sciscioli, Valerie Stanford, Tony Stinkmetal, Lora Marie Williams, and Mike Stumm and Ralph Martin on video.