In June, 2015, Chipped Off Performance Collective presented WasteAWAY at the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts. WasteAWAY was enlivened with instrumental and vocal music, dance, video, monologues, and puppetry. The show was a stimulating mosaic of ideas, beliefs, fears, and hopes about waste: the castoffs and rejects, both material and non-material, of human existence. We challenged the audience to look at the ways we waste resources, time, culture, potential, and even human lives.
The cast included about seventy performers, ranging in age from teens to eighty-something. Kim Renders, our director, was brilliantly able both to draw this disparate group together and to draw out of us our very best performances.
As one of the performers, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work under the guidance of a masterful and gifted director, and to collaborate with a diverse and exciting cast. I performed a monologue called “Waste and a Wedding,” in which I reminisced about throwing out the clothes I wore to my wedding. The story reflected my experience of being in a relationship in which one person keeps everything—and the other throws things out prematurely.
—Christine Overall, Cast Member