Oct 12 - Oct 28, 2012

by Rachel Jendrzejewski

What happens when ancient mnemonic devices collide with hyperspeed technology? What structures and transactions of thinking are innate to being human--and which ones are we rapidly exporting? MERONYMY is a kinesthetic, kaleidoscopic, live audiovisual performance portrait of memory in the Information Age.




Want to talk about it? Join us after the show on Saturday, October 20, for a free and free-wheeling conversation we've titled A Brief History of Memory with historian Ann Waltner, director of the University of Minnesota's Institute for Advanced Studies, facilitated by artist provocateur Andy Sturdevant. Should be fascinating!

MERONYMY noun (from the Greek words meros = part and onoma = name) The semantic relation that holds between a part and the whole. A meronym denotes a constituent part of, or a member of something. For example, 'finger' is a meronym of 'hand' because a finger is part of a hand. Similarly 'wheel' is a meronym of 'automobile'.

Plot Summary

Jargon's house is overflowing with stuff yet still accommodating new deliveries like clockwork ... until something arrives that isn't wanted.  As more and more packages pile up outside the door, the tension in the household becomes full to bursting. MERONYMY takes a mind-blowing journey through the twists and turns of images, emotions, and experiences that make up the memories that define us.


Jargon noun 1: The collective term for the words, expressions, technical terms, etc. which are intelligible to the members of a specific group, social circle or profession, but not to the general public. Source: European Union. (references)
2: The common language in a specific field of knowledge.

Abbreviation noun (from Latin brevis "short") is a shortened form of a word or phrase. Usually, but not always, it consists of a letter or group of letters taken from the word or phrase. For example, the word "abbreviation" can itself be represented by the abbreviation "abbr." or "abbrev."

Etymology noun (Latin etymologia, Greek 'etymologi`a; 'e`tymon etymon + lo`gos discourse) The origins of a word, traced back as far as possible in time, usually by the methods of comparative linguistics.

Synechdoche noun (from Greek sunekdokhê, "simultaneous understanding") A figure of speech in which: a term denoting a part of something is used to refer to the whole thing ("His parents bought him a new set of wheels [car]."), or a term denoting a thing (a "whole") is used to refer to part of it ("Use your head [brain] to figure it out."), or a term denoting a specific class of thing is used to refer to a larger, more general class ("Could you pass me a Kleenex [facial tissue]?"), or a term denoting a general class of thing is used to refer to a smaller, more specific class, or a term denoting a material is used to refer to an object composed of that material ("Those are some nice threads [clothes].").

Rhyme noun (from the Old French rime, derived from Old Frankish language *rīm, a Germanic term meaning "series, sequence") is a repetition of identical or similar sounds in two or more different words and is most often used in poetry and song. The word "rhyme" may also refer to a short poem, such as a rhyming couplet or other brief rhyming poem such as nursery rhymes.

About the playwright...

Rachel Jendrzejewski (yen-shzay-EFF-skee) is an interdisciplinary artist, currently based in Minneapolis. She has written, performed, and otherwise collaborated on performance, film, music, and public art projects throughout the U.S. and internationally. Her plays and performance works have been developed or produced at The Playwrights’ Center, Padua Playwrights, American Repertory Theater’s New Voices Series, Rhode Island School of Design, The Conflux Festival, Playwrights’ Horizons, and the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, among others. Her new dance-theater collaboration with SuperGroup will be part of the Walker Art Center's Momentum: New Dance Works 2013 series. Behind the scenes, she has worked closely with a range of arts organizations, including Cornerstone Theater Company, the Grotowski Institute, and Upstream Arts. Honors include a Playwrights’ Center Jerome Fellowship; a Wendy Wasserstein Prize nomination; a Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowship; residencies at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s National Theater Institute and Adam Mickiewicz Institute; and project support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Rachel holds an MFA in Playwriting from Brown University, where she studied with Erik Ehn and Lisa D’Amour.

Reviews & Press

Minnesota Public Radio, Art Hounds 2012 theater highlights, 12/24/12 

Lavender Magazine preview, 10/18/12

Star Tribune preview, 10/12/12 preview, 10/11/12

TC Daily Planet review, 10/16/12

Aisle Say Twin Cities review, 10/13/12




DIRECTOR: Steve Busa

DESIGN & PRODUCTION: Matt Alto, Isabella Busa, Heidi Eckwall, Laura Holway, Gary Johnson, Liz Josheff, Ben McGinley, David Means

FEATURING: Joshua Allen, Christian Bardin, Ashley Rose Montondo, Miriam Must, Candy Simmons

Audio description on Monday, 10/22, by Laurie Pape Hadley



Photo credit for Rachel Jendrzejewski portrait: Rachel Gostenhofer

Rehearsal photo credits: R. Jendrzejewski, M. Must

Production photo credits: R. Jendrzejewski, Liz Josheff

This production is made possible through the generous support of the Jerome Foundation, Kaemmer Fund of HRK Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, Target, Red Eye's individual and small business donors, and the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.