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Monday, February 08, 2021

You might think that the best way to gauge the success of Craigslist’s Missed Connections is by the number of people its gotten together. But no — in fact, the true measure of that online meat market’s effectiveness is its late role as creative raw material:

Billed as “ripped straight from the online pages of Craigslist,” “Missed Connections NYC” was an evening of 13 eight-minute plays based on the listings, and it ran for a week at the Ars Nova Theater on West 54th Street in Manhattan last month. The Ars Nova troupe’s group of emerging playwrights used the subject headings of posts — “Submit Party — From the Couple Having Sex Everywhere” (above left), “You Were a Mexican With Friends” (center) and “Doritos Boy” (right) — to devise literal or fantastical interpretations of the situations described. “It was really fun, really interesting, to see how the writers tackled the challenge,” said Emily Shooltz, the troupe’s associate artistic director. “I think the appeal was that everybody knows someone who was — or at least thinks they were — referenced in a Missed Connection.”

More or less an update of the old dadaist photomontage technique. Probably a more worthwhile endproduct than the improbable hook-ups that may or may not happen.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 02/08/2021 11:40 PM
Category: Creative, Internet
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