With his finger forever on the pulse of popular culture and his attention fixed on the oddities, beauty, and vileness of human existence, Caswell's productions are outwardly foreign and exist in a world that is exactly halfway between reality and chaotic oblivion.
Inspired by the work of compositionally driven artists like Tadeusz Kantor, Pina Bausch, Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart, Robert Wilson, and Elizabeth LeCompte, as well as playwrights Sarah Kane, Caryl Churchill, Samuel Beckett, Bertolt Brecht, Antonin Artaud, Goethe, and Suzan-Lori Parks, Caswell attempts to create worlds that are simultaneously surreal, unfamiliar, hilariously funny, and not at all comfortable. The interruption, disruption, and reconfiguration of logical cause and effect are the primary informants of the shows.
"If an audience feels something,
I don't want them to know why."
John J. Caswell, Jr.