Playwright and director Elia Schneider is known for hauntingly visual productions that transcend language with strong imagery and a dreamlike fresco of movement and design. Her newest work, Citizens of the Gray or This Dark Thing That Sleeps Inside Me, deals with the war of the sexes in the age of the #MeToo Movement. Hitherto, her theatrical productions have mostly emerged from ideas derived from Kafka. Now she is channeling Strindberg for a new work of ensemble creation with her Teatro Dramma. Theater for the New City will present the world premiere of the piece November 9-25. It will be Schneider's Theater for the New City debut.
The play is a choreography of movement and actions. The setting is clean, empty, and minimal. Women fight against men for control and domination. Robotically, they pair for sex, which they often use to punish. How can they survive if they exist to destroy each other? It's an image-based piece that you can relate to in many ways.