Forbidden Knowledge TV
May 6, 2015
In most jurisdictions, if no one hears from you in five to seven years, the state can declare you dead en absentia. Michael Stevens, a visibly brilliant actor, delivers an anecdote-lacked monologue on the meaning of presence, going missing and being missed. His rumination ties together dissimilar strands: the Oklahoma City bombing’s unknown 169th victim, an 18th century French astronomer whose relatives plundered his estate when he slipped away for years to observe Venus, and the premature obituaries modern news organizations have prepared for celebrities. In doing so, Stevens endows import to just being.