intended as a snuff film, this rare footage of the Six Characters live
was re-edited for the web, after all attempts to kill them on stage failed.
run of Working Title, director Suchan and video designer John were
secretly making a series snuff films starring popular downtown theatre
icons. They managed to execute the cast of Distortion Taco, the
entire Upright Citizens Brigade, and all but one Blue Man in a summer-long
crime spree that brought them notoriety, three parking tickets, and the
top prize at Cannes.
At the final
performance of Working Title, the two conspirators arranged for
a taping of the Six’s most popular stage piece, Middle Ages.
It was "for posterity" they said, counting on the Six’s
shameless pursuit of fame to erase any suspicions of foul play. In reality,
they anticipated an orgy of bloodshed, contagion, and Newtonian half-truths,
played out in front of a horrified live audience.
But fate had other plans that night, and not a single
one of the covert murder attempts was successful: the sword blows were
deflected by chest bunions, the bubonic plague was thwarted by the anti-bacterial
effects of pre-show tequila shots, and the poison was foiled by a lifetime
immunity to iocane powder shared by all the Six Characters. Frustrated,
Suchan and John shelved their career in snuff, and turned instead to training
carrier pidgeons from a turret in Central Park’s Belvedere Castle,
where they remain to this day.
of unreturned phone calls, the Six Characters invited guest editor Haley
Joel Osment to edit the footage. He sculpted it into the opus of skewed
historical mayhem you see here.
you, Haley! Like other impish prodigies before you, you are on your way
to a satisfying career in pyramid scheme-endorsement!