PMURT Kevin Doyle
About This Show
Like a sports reporter after a football match, Kevin Doyle dissects the rhetorics of Donald Trump to reveal deeper undercurrents in American public discourse. PMURT combines solo performance with appropriated video to explore parallels between media consolidation and the compression of language. Drawing upon precedents in American politics, Doyle traces the dumbing down of public information and a dwindling tolerance for complex issues. PMURT is based upon Doyle’s August 2016 essay, which accurately predicted how Donald Trump would win the Presidential Election. The essay, ignored and dismissed by the New York theatre establishment, was published in October 2016 by Diggit Magazine in The Netherlands. PMURT was commissioned by the Vooruit Arts Center (Gent) and premiered in May 2017 to coincide with President Trump’s first visit to Belgium.
about the artist
Kevin Doyle [IE/US] is a writer and director of theatre and film. He is the recipient of a USArtists International Award, a Saari Fellowship (Finland), the 2017 IMPACT Award (Drama League/LPAC), and grants from the Asian Cultural Council, CEC ArtsLink, and Svenska Institutet. He conceived, wrote, and directed the interdisciplinary theatre project W.M.D. (just the low points), which premiered at the The Game Is Up! Festival in Vooruit (Gent). He is currently developing THE AЯTS, a theatrical deconstruction on the history of public funding for the arts. His play when after all, it was you and me was Shortlisted for the 2017 Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting in the United Kingdom.