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The Foundry Theatre
140-142 2nd Ave, Suite 405
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777 - 1444

The Convention of Cartography


Performed in a small house in the middle of a courtyard on W. 17th St

Directed by

The Convention of Cartography is a traveling exhibit featuring the collected works of an itinerant, now deceased folk artist named Mike. The exhibits curator speaks of his travels as a young teenager with Mike who left his art objects across the country in diners, gas stations, highway rest areas and underpasses, union halls, peoples’ attics, etc. all Since Mike’s death, he and his wife spend each summer retracing Mike’s travels across America to find and retrieve the art objects he left behind. The evening begins with video clips of interviews the curator conducted with Mike during his final days in a cancer hospice. After which the audience is invited into another room where all the works that have been collected thus far are installed. As people explore this museum, interacting with Mike’s artworks, the maps of his travels, and with one another, a larger narrative begins to emerge — the haunting enigma about the nature of truth, art, memory and the unknowable of those we love.

Connected Ideas

Written by  W. David Hancock
Directed by 
Melanie Joseph
Featuring W. David Hancock, Nancy Hanway, Dennis Baumwell

In my museum I will display objects that are clues to who I am.  A book of matches of a praying mantis on the cover, a postcard from the 1936 world’s fair written in Arabic, a blood stained wool hat I found on the side of the road. If you are sensitive enough, you will feel the eidolons emerging from these relics.     – Mike

I’ve got plenty of stories, that’s for sure.  There’s a hidden flow of information that comes out of my head twenty-four hours a day.  That’s the secret of my illness. You have to understand with me, there’s a secret black liquid behind everything I say.  It’s behind the words,  It flows from me to my past, connects me to everything I’ve ever seen and every place I’ve ever been, so that I see everything all at once.  I can’t look at somebody without seeing the connections.  – Ida




Drama Desk nominee for “Original Theatrical Experience”

From the tactile to the analytical … a precious feast for all the senses.

One of the most arresting pieces I’ve seen … a tantalizing new wrinkle in the art of participation.