Crazy Locomotive, Stanislaw Witkiewicz
Crazy Locomotive is a playful, wild and irreverent parody of our mad pursuit of technology and the harmful cultural stereotypes it can propagate through cinema. The image of a locomotive on a static stage is very fitting for Witkiewicz’s vision of life and art: though we may feel like we are moving forward and progressing through life, we are never actually moving. Everything is the same as it ever was, and always will be — progress is just an intoxicating idea, which numbs our metaphysical anxieties, by giving us an end goal, something to aim towards and think about, other than our imminent death. The theatre’s inability to realistically stage a moving locomotive, the way film can for example, allows us to step back and analyze the effect technology has over us, our function in society and personal sense of identity in relation to pop culture, rather than get swept up by the allure of progress, the way Nicholas, Tenser and Julia do.
What appears at first as the theatre’s downfall becomes its most important quality: by exposing the limitations of the theatre, Witkiewicz advocates for a world where we address and embrace the limits which make us human. Photo Credit: Stephen Yang.