Saw a quirky play a few nights back: The Inkwell Communiqués.
In this play, one Ignis Bird (of ambiguous gender, perhaps a pseudonym, perhaps a chimera) is a war tax resister in a running battle with the IRS that he or she decides to take as an opportunity for literature, sniggling, and confusion.
Ignis invents dozens of personalities, and corresponds with the IRS agents assigned to his or her case through them — posting letters from all over the world (and even from within the IRS field office in Utah) from characters like attorney Bedelia Burbot, Beaut Sinewrelli, Baron Bueno Scampo, Rajan Rajan, Sgt. Dodge Bullet, pedagogue Walnut Bean, and Dooly Daffodilt.
The play used some forty actors to bring these characters, and the besieged (and eventually bemused) IRS agents, to life.
Ignis Bird sniggles his or her way in this amusing fashion through the Reagan and Bush Ⅰ administrations, paying none of the taxes or penalties that accumulate, and even gets a parting tip-of-the-hat in a postscript from the IRS case manager who retires, having never been able to locate the mysterious Ignis or his or her assets.
The play’s director, Randall Stuart, hints that this is all based on a true story:
Tonight’s theatrical version represents only some of the “canon” — as there are over 200 letters and 77 personalities tapped-out from one typewriter. We hope you will enjoy this edited version, knowing that there are even more letters to be unsealed.