Inspired by the work of Samuel Beckett and Morton Feldman, Please. Please. Again. Again. is a new theater production by director Jim Findlay, composer Ashley Fure, and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) developed during a residency at Mount Tremper Arts. This work-in-progress marks Findlay’s third project—and ICE’s sixth consecutive season—with MTA.
Ashley Fure, now a longtime ICE collaborator, is an American composer of acoustic and electroacoustic concert music as well as intermedia installation art. Her work explores the kinetic source of sound, bringing focus to the muscular act of music making and the chaotic behaviors of raw acoustic matter. Fure has earned several awards, including a 2016 Grants to Artists award from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA).
Jim Findlay's last project with ICE was David Lang's the whisper opera (also incubated at MTA). Findlay works across boundaries as a director, designer, visual artist, and performer. His work has been seen at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, BAM, Arena Stage, A.R.T. and over 50 cities worldwide including Berlin, Istanbul, London, Moscow, and Paris. Findlay has received two Obie awards, two Bessie awards, a Lucille Lortel award, and a Henry Hewes award.