This Is All I Need
In This Is All I Need, Mugwumpin works to untangle and retangle the threads connecting our hearts, our anxieties, and our stuff. Mugwumpin explores these connections from numerous angles, from the ways that our belongings become physical repositories for our most potent memories, to the fine boundaries between collecting and hoarding, to the psychosocial motors driving the contemporary urge to accumulate.
Mugwumpin was formed in San Francisco in 2004 by founding member Joe Estlack and founding co-artistic directors Christopher W. White and Denmo Ibrahim, with the aim of reinvigorating live performance as a communal event. The visceral nature of Mugwumpin performances constantly reminds the audience that they are right here, right now, participating in something unique. We hope that this sense of presence spills out the theater doors, bringing a deeper awareness of our surrounding community.
SF Bay Guardian
"Mugwumpin's inventive, hilarious and repeatedly surprising new work--captivated and captivating--reminds us that a possession isn't just a thing but also a (colonized) state of being. But there's no manifesto here, so much as a multi-faceted, deftly staged exploration of a theme so central to this bare and incredibly cluttered existence that we hardly even notice it.... Swift transformations of time and place, provocative contrasts and parallels, dexterous vocalizations, and supple and satisfyingly offbeat choreography..."
--Robert Avila (click here to read full review)
"The show is a playful critique of the consumerist reflex... All four actors are excellent, but White's performance is so physically demanding that it's practically heroic... The whole thing stays fresh because of the wit and energy of the staging, the fierce intensity of the performers, and the general refusal to wallow in self-righteous grandstanding."
--Chris Jensen (click here to read full review)
"Things also are in constant danger of spinning out of control, which is part of the point in this highly kinetic and engaging show.... Four dynamic performers...muse, proclaim and act out variations on the things they possess and that, in different ways, possess them.... engaging, at times provocative and often very funny.... The experience is its own creative possession."
-- Robert Hurwitt (click here to read full review)