The Falsettos (2013-14) is classic Makishi, in that it brings disparate ideas together in a poetic and disarmingly funny way. The Falsettos splices together Americana influences The Sopranos, E.T. And Barbra Streisand. Mobs, midlife, lowlife and taboo get the Makishi treatment; uncompromising, compassionate and joyously absurd.
Geographically distant from her beloved and increasingly ancient mum in Hawaii, Makishi speaks the unthinkable yet undeniable desire to spare her any further pain by killing her. Perhaps love and violence are not such strangers after all.
The Falsettos forms a companion piece to Stacy's earlier work, The Making of Bull: The True Story. It interrogates the very idea of the sequel, asking how artists remain faithful to their personal style without resorting to formulas, gimmicks, and expectations created by past works.
The Falsettos is accompanied by the award-winning documentary film by Claire Nolan, The Making of The Falsettos, featuring Stacy and key collaborators Joshua Sofaer, Lois Weaver, Vick Ryder and Peggy Shaw.
The Falsettos premiered at Chelsea Theatre followed by a tour across the UK and to BRUT Vienna. Commissioned by Chelsea Theatre, Colchester Arts Centre and The Basement supported by The Roddick Foundation. Produced by Artsadmin and supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.
Stacy is such a stunningly engaging performer you don't immediately notice how elegant the whole thing is but I loved how this delicate network of ideas slowly seemed to collect in a single real/imaginary moment in an apartment in Hawaii.
Andy Field, Forest Fringe