If you became a cult of personality after your death and had one night to return with your peers to talk about how your contributions had changed the world, what would you say?
The breakdown: A group of long-dead artists find themselves drawn together for a salon and a ghostly nightcap. As they begrudgingly rehash the faded moments of their own time in the spotlight, both triumphs and missed opportunities weigh heavily. Soon, the old petty slights and tensions begin to boil over. But something seems different this time. We see them, but do they see you?
The writer/director McClain (also Asheville Date Night Guide contributor) who is the founder of Dark Horse has focused her latest performance piece on long-dead artists: my writing idol, Ernest Hemingway and his fellow compatriot F. Scott Fitzgerald. It also introduces F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved wife Zelda. Plus a couple of other surprise greats.
“The Lost” refers to the infamous members of “The Lost Generation” that consisted of Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and T. S. Eliot.
If these greats showed up today to have a drink, what would these writers think of our addiction to social media? What would they think of themselves after death? And would Hemingway feel personally responsible that his prose of direct and straight to the point directly contribute to Jack Dorsey’s creation of Twitter?
Maybe as we watch this Random Act of Fringe, maybe the ghosts of Zelda and F. Scott Fitzgerald will be with us as Mr. Fitzgerald spent many a night in the Omni Grove Park Inn here in Asheville as he cared for his wife as she sought psychology treatment that led later to her death – handcuffed to a hospital bed as the hospital burned.
A Dark Horse performance is just as a rare as the Super Moon Eclipse that happened at the stroke of midnight this past Sunday bleeding red into Monday. The next time a performance like this might happen again could be 2021.
So RSVP, be there early, get your drinks, find a seat, and shutup.
As Hemingway once said, “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”