Transition is a multimedia comedic theater piece about the transitory nature of consciousness and culture. A spoof on American short attention spans, Transition uses text, interactive and recorded video, sound loops, choreography and BMX bike stunts to throw the viewer off guard. Inspired in part by Guy Debord and the Situationist movement, Smith and Watts’s goal is to allow audiences to become immersed and ultimately comforted by the constantly altering nature of the piece.
Tommy Smith is a New York-based playwright and director. His plays include The Wife, White Hot, Sextet, Air Conditioning, Sunrise, April’s Subject, and Dig Nation. His work has been presented in the U.S. at HERE Arts Center, the Flea Theater, the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 78th Street Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Huntington Theatre, and Portland Center Stage; and internationally in Prague, Edinburgh, Athens, and Montreal. He is a two-time winner of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize for emerging writers, a recipient of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Sloan Grant and the Page73 Playwriting Fellowship. Publications of Smith’s work include White Hot in the New York Theater Review and Streak in Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays, printed by Vintage Books.
Reggie Watts’s work encompasses standup comedy, alternative performance musical composition and internet media. Watts is a frequent performer with College Humor’s touring division. As a solo performer, Watts has been seen at Bonaroo 2008, Madison Square Garden, Los Angeles’s Hudson Theatre, Seattle’s Moore Theatre, London’s Roundhouse Theatre and Blue Note in Tokyo, among others. He received the 2006 Andy Kaufman Award for comedic performance and the 2006 Seattle Mayor’s Arts Award. His first collaboration with Tommy Smith, Disinformation, was presented at the 2008 Under The Radar festival at The Public Theater and PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.