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The Martin E. Segal Theater Center presents

The End Is Not What I Thought It Would Be

At the Segal Theatre Film and Performance Festival 2024

A film by

Andrea Kleine

Theater, Documentary, Film, Performance Art

This film will be available to watch online on the festival website May 16th onwards for 3 weeks.

About The Film


United States



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In December 2020, Andrea Kleine and Bobby Previte moved into The Chocolate Factory Theater and lived alone in the pandemic-shuttered New York City venue for two weeks. They arrived with an air mattress, a toaster oven, a cooler of frozen Trader Joe’s meals, and an inflatable kiddie pool to bathe in. Every night they performed on stage for no one. Completely unscripted, the result is a hilarious and heart-breaking film about what it means to be a performer without an audience.

A film by Andrea Kleine. Featuring Andrea Kleine and Bobby Previte as “themselves.” Music by Bobby Previte. Lighting Design by Madeline Best. Commissioned by The Chocolate Factory Theater with funds from the New York State Council on the Arts. Additional funds provided by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant Program. An official selection of the 2022 Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival.

About The Artist(s)

Andrea Kleine

Andrea Kleine is a performance artist and the author of the novels, CALF, a Publishers' Weekly Best Fiction Book of 2015; and EDEN, named one of "Summer's Smartest and Most Innovative Thrillers" by Vanity Fair and a finalist for a Publishing Triangle Award in LGBTQ fiction. Her work includes fiction, essays, performances, and, most recently, films. She is a five-time MacDowell fellow, a Ucross fellow, and a New York Foundation for the Arts fellow. Her critically acclaimed performance works have been presented extensively since the 1990s, and for which she has received numerous commissions, grants, and awards. She has been described as an "enigmatic and eccentric" (The New York Times), "brainy, allusive Downtown artist" (The Village Voice), whose work is "wry, poignant" (The New York Times), "something like genius" (ArtVoice), and “fiercely engages with the complexities of the cruelty we impose on each other as individuals and as a society” (Bomb).

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