“I was driving. I had put on some music. I was lost in thought. The death occurred. I went to Starbucks,” says She, a character in Charles Pike’s The Two Chairs, which runs through April 13 in a production by Performers Under Stress at Bindlestiff Studio.
The 20-year-old company is composed of theatre artists Scott Baker and Valarie Fachman and Chairs auteur Pike. The group focuses on works by Beckett and other classic texts in bare-bones productions and tends to create work that explores the unknown, the undocumented, the unspoken and the unexpected.
The Two Chairs is no exception. She and He sit in back-to-back chairs. They argue, flirt and question one another. It is unclear if the duo is romantically involved—or if they even know each other. At the end of each session, He gives She an envelope. “This is no ordinary night,” He says. “This is the big event. The greatest night of our lives.”