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Can I Help You?
Can I Help You?
Can I Help You? dismantles the television editing process as well as our complicity in giving this official storyteller its power. The text of Can I Help You? is a video transcript inspired by a medical reality TV show. The action of the video transcript takes place in a hospital's trauma unit, and is transferred to the stage, complete with rewinds, fast-forwards and jump cuts. Multiple narratives compete for the audience's attention: doctors formulate pat speculations about the shockingly banal death of a heart attack victim; a videographer gets annoyed by bad lighting and becomes distracted from a critical event; exhausted transcribers grow repulsed by the gore of the Trauma Room and take a break while the tape in the player is still running; and an ancient Texas farmer tells the story of his recent tractor accident and his multiple brushes with death, but only because he thinks no one is listening. Intermittently, doctors and nurses confront a single, unruly patient, Lisa Campbell. as new 'footage' of Lisa is revealed, it becomes evident that there is much more to Lisa's story than hospital personnel or the production crew will see, and that the audience may come to understand more about the horrific events that brought Lisa to the ER than she does
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The Bushwick Starr, NY 2008
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