DEAR TRUMP, I FEAR MY RIGHT WING IS GROWNG is the latest incarnation of a twenty-year, mostly one way correspondence between M. S. Garvey and the President of the United States. Garvey performs live, living, breathing, singing, dancing TWEETS. Tactile Tweets to the Twit examines the seemingly necessary hypocrisy and absurdity of the Office of the President.
M.S. Garvey is a letter and post card writer, poet and often times performer/agitator of these posts or poems. M. S. believes in the power of the tactile letter, the physical post to effect real change and inspire great artistic, social and enlightened endeavors. As far as he can remember his first formal letter outside of thank you letters to Godparents was to John Wayne while the actor was battling cancer. Next was a letter of complaint and request for re-imbursement to a breakfast cereal company for a promotion not delivered. In 2002 as then President Bush was ramping up the call for war on Iraq, M. S. Garvey began writing the office of the President of the United States with sincere concerns about the administration’s dereliction of democracy and seemingly gleeful willingness to wage war on others. With the number of letters tallying over 300, he has received exactly four replies to his offerings: three letters of “understanding” and “hope” from President Obama and a headshot photograph of George W. Bush arriving in the mail on the day we invaded Iraq with Operation Iraqi Freedom. The letters continue to this day, transforming into post cards for Trump and now for Biden, images of M. S. Garvey’s artwork, called Thought Shrouds, created on re-used or found packaging cardboard. M. S. is also the front man of an all Trap Door ensemble band called The Garvey Train with Antonio Brunetti, Gary Damico, Dave Steiger, David Holcombe, Skye Fort and Mike Steele.
Beata Pilch founded Trap Door Theatre in 1994. Originally from Chicago, she holds a BFA in Acting from the United States International University in San Diego and a MFA in Acting from California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She had the honor to graduate as a magna cum laude from both universities and was later awarded the Prestigious Alumni award from CalArts. Pilch found Chicago’s Trap Door Theatre in 1994 and still presides as its Artistic Director. She has directed and performed in over 80 Trap Door productions and has toured abroad annually with the company to France, Romania, Hungary, Poland and was the first US theatre company ever to perform in the Republic of Moldova. In 2015, Beata created a sister company, Trap Door International, which produces out of Barcelona, Spain.