Can you remember your high-school best friend? Your first car? What about that one dress you wore to that killer party sophomore year? Or your high-school crush who had no idea you existed? How annoying your dad was about boys?
Duh, of course you do! How can we forget how adorably clueless we all were?! I sure know I had one or two mini-backpacks and a couple mochachinos in my time.
In 1995, the film Clueless premiered to rave reviews, not just for its stellar cast, monster soundtrack and dope outfits, but also because of its totally classic story. We weren’t just watching a barbie doll dress up, we were watching something we all knew to be universal: the confusion and anxiety of being a teenage girl. We watched it over, and over, and over; we bought the outfits, the soundtrack; we grew our hair out and made our own fuzzy pens; we quoted it; we lived it.
So now we bring it back. Not just to remind ourselves of a time when we were younger, but to re-live the excitement and fear we had walking down the school hallways, going to the parties, figuring out who we were and who we wanted to be, and like, picking out what to wear in the morning!
AS IF: Like, a performance, DUH! is a play in four acts, taking inspiration from the film while creating a new space for it to thrive in. Rather than utilizing traditional theatre methods, AS IF is staged as a true performance piece. We have created an all-encompassing environment that moves the audience not just through the story, but through the experience of adolescence as well. While staying true to the startlingly colorful visual language of the film, AS IF turns up the volume, building a hyperstylized, neon fuzzy, MTV-fried dreamscape for our audience to live in along with the characters. The performance demands participation by inviting the audience to exist in the imagined world of permanent teenage angst and thrill. Exciting and provocative, AS IF is like, way dope!