On March 31, for the 15th anniversary screening of Donnie Darko, the Doris Duke Theatre welcomed a special guest—the film’s creepy inter-dimensional bunny Frank. The human-size rabbit sat in the theater motionless as guests walked in, prompting a wave of hesitant selfies. Then the lights went down, the movie started, and when nobody was paying attention Frank disappeared.
Sporting the Frank costume was theater projectionist and special events assistant Alec Singer, who has spearheaded the theater’s recent initiative to add a little something extra to the moviegoing experience. At last month’s screening of Silence of the Lambs, guests got to enjoy fava beans with a nice Chianti (fft fft fftt fftt fft). When Reservoir Dogs played in March, guests were given colors corresponding to the characters on screen, and one lucky group—everybody who got stuck with Mr. Pink—won a pink notebook.
“I hope that by creating a spectacle at our screenings people will want to share their experiences,” says Singer. “I’d like for us to reach people who may not otherwise know about the kinds of things we do here.”
Why is theater director Taylour Chang wearing that stupid bunny suit?
When he’s not creeping people out in large bunny costumes, Singer is a multimedia artist. His work was included in the group shows Contact 3017 at the Art School and I DON’T KNOW HOW I FEEL BUT I FEEL YOU at Windward Community College’s Gallery ‘Iolani. Now on view in the Art School’s Nanogallery is Tomorrow Takes Forever, which Singer created with Max Field Smith.
At first glance, the installation looks like it belongs on the sidewalk near a used car dealership. “A lot of the things I work on are in collaboration with Smith,” says Singer. “It’s essentially trash art. We’ve incorporated a bunch of pamphlets that are free for people to take promoting our cult—The Cult of Leisure and Longevity. It’s a response to this ‘live fast and die young’ mentality that seems to be a general attitude for a lot of people.” Tommorrow Takes Forever is on view through July 30.
Alec Singer and Max Field Smith’s ‘Tomorrow Takes Forever’
What’s next for Singer? “If I could become a wizard, and teach 100 birds to take a crap on Donald Trump sporadically, that would be my greatest art project,” he says dryly. “That’s what I’m training for now.”