Fascinated with the cult film Return to Oz, he recites the plot in a tumble of words and explosive vocal effects, then re-enacts it at full speed three times until he is wrung out with exhaustion. At first, the story is comical; by the end, you want him to rest.

Within a restricted range of movement that grows tedious and then ingrained over the course of an hour, Ferver recounts being a bullied gay kid whose troubled imagination encompassed both Disneyfied woodland creatures and deadly predators. The forest Marc Swanson has created for him to navigate is a long mirror facing the audience within a grove of swinging, black-and-mirror "tree trunks." As Swanson explains, the beautifully lit set functions as forest, nightclub, and dance studio. The audience can't escape seeing itself reflected as witnesses, voyeurs, and even potential persecutors as Ferver encounters himself.

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