I was commissioned to adapt this play from Matthew Thurber's cult comic series, 1-800-MICE, alongside director Sarah Jacklin. This expansive and psychedelic comic series was transformed into a free-wheeling, anticapitalist satire seeped in dream logic and inspired by the aesthetics of exploitation film and the Theater of the Ridiculous. I also performed the role of Aunty Lakeford, a new-age megalomaniac bent on cultural dominance and immortality.
- “One part American wholesomeness, one part latent oblivion, and two parts holyfuckingshit. [...] This play may be as close as some of us will ever come to seeing a Jack Smith theater/performance piece in the flesh.”
- “[Bales’ performance] rides the knife’s edge that separates the deadly serious from the utterly preposterous, where you laugh at reality’s absurdities to keep from flinging yourself under a bus”
- "Taking on the challenge of adapting and staging a bizarre comic with a cult following like 1-800-MICE was a risk, but it is one that paid off beautifully. 1-800-MICE is a smart, absurd comedy that manages to be thought-provoking and topical while hurtling you through space at the speed of a meteor headed straight for Earth. Loosen your grip on narrative realism and go take this ride."
Presented at the Annex Theater, November - December 2016. Baltimore, MD