This November Islington’s King’s Head Theatre is to stage the world premiere of Norris Church Mailer’s two-hander Go See, a gripping exploration of personal, cultural and sexual identity in a big city.
David/Paul and Marie/Michelle are strangers in the city. Two lost souls hiding behind masks of self-deception and manufactured identities.
Marie/Michelle works behind a screen in a New York clip-joint.
During the course of his work as a cultural anthropologist, David/Paul ends up in front of that screen.
Thus the pair meet, and so begins a difficult journey as they gradually get to know each other – creating personas, advancing and retreating, concealing and revealing, deceiving and confessing until ultimately a version of the truth is reached and some kind of intimacy born.
Although best know for being the wife of the US literary giant, Norman Mailer, Norris Church Mailer was a respected writer in her own right publishing two novels – Windchill Summer (2000) and Cheap Diamonds (2007) and a memoir about their years together – A Ticket to the Circus (2010).
She was raised in Arkansas and moved to New York when she was 26 to start her life with Norman Mailer.
Norris was a model, painter, actress, playwright, mother of two, and stepmother to seven.
She developed Go See at the Actors Studio, where she was a lifetime member. Norris Church Mailer died at the age of 61 in 2010.
Directed by Sondra Lee, an award winning actor, dancer, director and teacher. The cast comprises Peter Tate (credits leading roles at The National Theatre, The Almeida and The Actors’ Studio NYC and New Yorker); Lauren Fox (theatre credits Hill Billy Women at The Arc Light Theatre and Heathens at Theatre for A New City).
Go See runs from November 12-29.