Participants are screened based on their ignorance of beetles.
A and B walk onstage and are each presented with a small, opaque box.
They are informed that their boxes contain a “beetle.”
Neither is allowed to check the other’s box.
At a signal, each checks his or her own box. They can check it as often as they like.
A and B describe their beetles to each other.
Following the performance, every spectator is handed his or her own beetle-box, along with strict instructions never to reveal its contents.
Some boxes are empty. Others contain, say: a paper clip, a rose, a starfish.
The performance continues until everyone in town has received his or her own box.
The title of the piece is “Pain.”