Sleep of Reason: A Sculptural Performance
Written and Directed by Rachel Frank




Through a series of tableau vivants, Sleep of Reason uses the allegorical narratives in Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos and The Disasters of War series to examine the theatrical/performance implications of prisoner torture and abuse depicted in the Abu Ghraib photographs. Staged still scenes are briefly illuminated with a flash of light cutting through longer periods of darkness. Using masks, sculptural props and allegory, Sleep of Reason suggests the recurrent darkness beneath the rational and enlightened society of today.

Starring: Melanie Torres, Ruthie Scarpino, Angelica Pinna-Perez, and Dan Theisen
Stage Lighting Design by Greg Goff
Costumes and Sets by Rachel Frank


Friday, February 18th and Saturday, February 19th, 2011

145 6th Ave. New York, NY

Clips of Sleep of Reason on Vimeo


















Abu Ghraib Timeline of Events Printable PDF


"Comments on the Retreat into Reality" by Stephen Tateishi Printable PDF

Stephen Tateishi ©, 2010


This performance/variable media art work was made possible, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Major support of the Franklin Furnace Fund was provided in 2010-11 by the Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation and Jerome Foundation.



All material © Rachel Frank