Playwright W. David Hancock, who won an Obie Award for Convention of Cartography, is back with another curiously titled work, The Race of the Ark Tattoo: A Play in a Flea Market, which begin performances at the P.S. 122 gallery on June 10. The show is co-presented by Hancock's usual sponsor, the Foundry Theatre.
Ark Tattoo takes place at a flea market where Mr. P. Foster sells artifacts of the deceased foster father, Mr. Homer Phinney, who used to hold a weekly flea market out of his garage in Cape Cod. The story is instigated by the random selection of items from the market. With each choice, Foster tells the story behind the object, recreated his life through the memories attached to Phinney's goods.
Melanie Joseph, the artistic director of the Foundry, directs the piece, which stars Matthew Maher as Foster. Hancock's other works include Deviant Craft, which was performed at the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage.
Ark Tattoo plays Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 PM. For information, call (212) 477-5288.
-- By Robert Simonson