Ariana Smart Truman

Wayne Ashley

Ariana Smart Truman

John Collins

Ariana Smart Truman

Ariana Smart Truman



Shuffle is an entirely new kind of ERS performance, one with constantly re-generated text and a dream-like logic. Through this collaboration with installation artist Ben Rubin and UCLA statistician Mark Hansen, the company looks back on its last three pieces through the lens of creative data analysis. The result is a site-specific mash-up where the company attempts to read The Great Gatsby, The Sound and the Fury and The Sun Also Rises simultaneously. The rearranged and overlapping texts produce compelling visual displays designed by Rubin and surprising, often absurd, micro-theater featuring many veteran ERS performers. Audience is encouraged to wander among the performers as they improvise. With scripts generated in real time by digital algorithms, phrases from the iconic novels of F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway merge to create a look back at some of America’s favorite texts that is at once disorienting and enlightening.


Shuffle was commissioned by FuturePerfect, a new initiative that researches and presents emerging hybrid performance practices, media forms, and artistic ideas, and by The New York Public Library on the occasion of its Centennial.


The New York Times May 24, 2011

3 Classic Novels. 22 Minutes. Why Not? by Charles McGrath

The New Yorker May 25, 2011

Hemingway, Faulkner And Fitzgerald: The Remix by Samantha Henig



  • Frank Boyd
  • Lindsay Hockaday
  • Mike Iveson
  • Vin Knight
  • Kate Scelsa
  • Kristen Sieh
  • Susie Sokol
  • Matt Tierney
  • Victoria Vazquez
  • Ben Williams


  • Created by Elevator Repair Service with Mark Hansen & Ben Rubin
  • Director John Collins
  • Text Processing & Design by Mark Hansen & Ben Rubin
  • Producer Ariana Smart Truman
  • Stage Manager/Assistant Director Sarah Hughes
  • Technical Director Michael Clemow/Amy Khoshbin
  • Assistant to the Director Katherine Brook
  • Company Manager Lindsay Hockaday