Go See, a gripping exploration of identity in a big city by Norris Church Mailer, the widow of late literary giant Norman Mailer, receives its world premiere at London’s King’s Head Theatre this November.
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 known for being the seventh and final wife of 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. She 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, three years after her husband.
“All my life, as you know, I wanted to be a successful playwright and simply don’t have the knack for it. Norris has got it. My God, she’s a better playwright than I am.” – Norman Mailer
Go See stars Peter Tate and Lauren Fox. It’s directed by Sondra Lee, designed by Klara Zielerova, lit by Mike Robertson and produced by the Playground Studio and KPS Productions. Go See starts at 7.15pm at the King’s Head Theatre, Islington. The post-show Q&A, chaired by Terri Paddock on Monday 17 November 2014, is free to all ticket holders.