Take an Exclusive Look Inside Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

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The filmed version of the mystifying solo show debuted on Hulu January 22.

Derek DelGaudio’s one-person show In & Of Itself, which played Off-Broadway’s Daryl Roth Theatre in 2017 following an engagement at Los Angeles’ Geffen Playhouse, debuted on Hulu January 22.

Directed by Frank Oz, the film made its world premiere at the Montclair Film Festival this past fall. The project chronicles conceptual storyteller DelGaudio’s attempt to understand the illusory nature of identity. His journey expands to a collective experience that forces us to confront the boundaries of our own identities.

During the production’s Off-Broadway run, DelGaudio gave Playbill an exclusive look at the stage. While the show did not have a typical scenic designer, everything was created and designed by DelGaudio himself and his long-time collaborator, Glenn Kaino.

“Every physical element, including the set itself, was driven by the ideas and narratives of the show,” DelGaudio explained. “However, every object on stage also has a utility. So, the materials and objects, found or fabricated, are the result of a meticulous balancing act of form and function.”

Get Up Close With the Props of Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

Get Up Close With the Props of Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself

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The stage is set for top of show. A table with two chairs, a ladder, and six dioramas. Each chamber contains different objects, including: an automaton, letters in a mailbox, a bottle of bourbon resting on a pillar, a brass scale, a window shattered by a golden brick, and a wolf holding a deck of playing cards.

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Antique brass scale. Each day the scale is tested and calibrated to ensure it balances properly.

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A golden brick is lodged in the center of a pane of glass. When illuminated from within, the cracks in the glass become more visible and the extent of the damage is revealed.

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Each night a new brick is placed in the glass pane.

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Each performance a new deck of cards is placed in the Wolf’s mouth.

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In the show, Derek tells a true story of being taken to a bar and of meeting a stranger and being told a story. During that encounter, Derek recalls the stranger drinking bourbon.

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The Rouletista, an automaton that plays Russian Roulette.

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Close-up of polished gold Rouletista automaton face, sculpted from a composite set of images of the faces of Derek’s and Jorge Luis Borges.

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Letters in letterbox. Over the course of the run, thousands of letters have been sent to “Derek DelGaudio c/o The Daryl Roth Theatre.” Once received at the theater, letters are sorted and placed on stage for their respective performances.

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Letters, up close.

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Derek DelGaudio’s In & Of Itself, which was filmed in New York City in 2018, is produced by Glenn Kaino, Vanessa Lauren, and Jake Friedman, and executive-produced by Stephen Colbert, Evelyn McGee Colbert, Daryl Roth, and Tom Werner.

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