A male plumber and a female woodworker take the the art world by storm in Catapult! by Matthew James Fitzgerald, to be presented by Theater for the New City February 21-March 10. The piece is a subversive commentary on the pretensions and "artspeak" of the gallery scene. Fitzgerald is an actor, author, union carpenter, furniture designer, and sometime history and English teacher.
The two-act comedy starts out in a gallery under renovation, with a charming and loquacious plumber placing an assembly of pipes on a sculpture pedestal created by a sassy and articulate female woodworker. She embellishes this "sculpture" with a lipstick-kissed fragment of mirror and the plumber mockingly christens it "Fluidic Rapture." It is harmless fun until a wealthy, matronly trendsetter sweeps into the gallery, pronounces their assemblage a conceptual masterpiece, and insists on adding it to her collection.