photos by Jamie Lyons

At the center of the Watergate scandal, brought on and exacerbated by an extensive archive of surveillance audio tapes installed to record President Nixon’s conversations in the White House, lies an 18 1/2 minute gap.

Using surreal humor 18 1/2 Minutes explores the historical, technological and political circumstances around this mysterious gap and broader questions of time, silence, and erasure at the center of one the most famous political scandals in modern U.S. political history.

Written, Directed and Performed by Sebastián Calderón Bentin and Sean Donovan
Sound Design by Derek Phillips
Video Design by Jeremiah Barber
Set Design by Angrette McCloskey
Lighting Design by Jay Ryan
Costume Design by Connie Strayer

18 ½ Minutes was created through a residency at Stanford University and a Space Grant at the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. First performances were seen at Stanford University’s Prosser Theater in December, 2012.