For the past three summers running, Steppenwolf has played host to artist and actor Tony Fitzpatrick’s American trilogy, a theatrical train of thought and performance that meanders through some of the historical and mythical elements at play in our national psyche.
In This Train and Stations Lost, Fitzpatrick explored his own life and Chicago’s character. Nickel History: A Nation of Heat zeros in on ideas of sacrifice during World War II and in our current moment. But as much as the plays are showcases for Fitzpatrick’s words and images, an equally significant element across the trilogy is the video and film work of Kristin Reeves.
Despite their differing mediums, there are quite a few parallels between Fitzpatrick and Reeves’ aesthetics.