Our universal experience of COVID-19 has left us disoriented. Much of what we have been accustomed to, is now outright dangerous. Breathing, which is a basic for life, is now a perilous act. Being with other people is hazardous. For the past six months, normal life seems to have been suspended and put on hold. It is as if we have been on a time loop that we all want to escape from. Which is why the works of Martinez, which focus on suspension and psychodrama, seem most appropriate.
Edwin Martinez himself was not spared from the powerlessness we have all felt. With all the bad things happening in quick succession from when the first enhanced community quarantine happened, he has instead disengaged from news, and focused on “Floating On”…