About the Project

Enlisting an ensemble of six actors, Allen Frame and Madeleine Barchevska presented Private/Public, a series of unannounced and unadvertised performances, which took place on New York City subway lines. The actors, in character, appeared to meet unexpectedly on the train, where they would candidly discuss HIV infection, drug abuse, and homelessness. A monitor nearby recorded other passengers’ responses and provided feedback to the performers.


The troupe acted out the conversations more than two hundred times, visiting each subway line in the city at least once. Later, the group performed their scenes, as well as discussed their process and experiences at a special presentation at Artists Space.




Multiple Artists