An Exclamation of Surprise or Incredulity
In the fast-paced cinematic rollercoaster ride of An Exclamation, the performers switch from one intense scene to the next in the blink of an eye. In quoting films such as Pretty Woman, Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms and Disney's Aladdin, William Collins explores his fascinations for despair and for the futility he often experiences in communication. The text is a journey for two performers to unite in their shared fear of death and being alone. The audience sees how these two performers rely upon and move (away from) each other. They move through space in physically intense experiences, shifting suddenly from one event to the next, driving on at high speeds. A forced hysteria reminiscent of Julia Roberts' character in Pretty Woman brings the Hemingway text to its absurd conclusion while ratcheting the tension between the two ever higher.