Production still from "Trenton Doyle Hancock: 'The Former and the Ladder or Ascension and a Cinchin''" (2013)

"With this work, I wanted it to keep that idea of torture. This character is in a predicament that doesn't seem comfortable; but, I wanted to give him some sort of agency that maybe he can get out of it—or he's on his way out."
—Trenton Doyle Hancock

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