The Incubator Arts Project presents Other Forces, an annual festival of work from some of independent theater's most innovative artists.
More information: http://www.incubatorarts.org/otherforces.html
Tom Ryan Thinks He's James Mason Starring in a Movie By Nicholas Ray in which a Man's Illness Provides an Escape from the Pain, Pressure and Loneliness of Trying to be the Ultimate American Father, Only to Drive Him Further Into the More Thrilling Though Possibly Lonelier Roles of Addict and Misunderstood Visionary.
Thurs, Jan 6: 6p.m.
Fri, Jan 7: 4p.m.
Sat, Jan 8: 2p.m.
Sun, Jan 9: 8p.m.
Mon, Jan 10: 2p.m.
Thurs, Jan 13: 8p.m.
Fri, Jan 14: 8p.m.
Sat, Jan 15: 8p.m.
Sun, Jan 16: 8p.m.
note: Tom Ryan Thinks He's James Mason.... will extend beyond the Other Forces festival. Additional dates are:
Tues, Jan 18: 8p.m.
Thurs, Jan 20: 8p.m.
Fri, Jan 21: 8p.m.
Sat, Jan 22: 8p.m.
Inspired by mid-century Hollywood melodrama, specifically the films of Nicholas Ray and Douglas Sirk, this work re-imagines the genre to explore the pain, pressure and isolation of America's addiction to heroism. Through the intimate story of one man's struggle against society's conventional demands, it depicts a family and a nation coming apart at the seams---a people that aspire to heroism only to become beastly. FeatuRing Thomas J. Ryan (The Little Foxes, In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play) and Christina Rouner (Coram Boy, The Duchess of Malfi), with set design by Peter Ksander and costumes by Kaye Voyce.
Daniel Fish has created and/or directed new work for theatre throughout the U.S. and Europe. In addition to being known for his daring productions of plays by William Shakespeare and Moliere, Fish has created work from sources as varied as the music of Elliott Smith and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and texts by David Foster Wallace, Oscar Wilde, Clifford Odets, Charles L. Mee, Sarah Ruhl, David Rabe, David Mamet, Roland Schimmlepfenning and Sheila Callaghan.
Recent work includes After David Foster Wallace: Brief Interviews With Hideous Men, Der Menschnefeind for Staatstheater Braunschweig, Clifford Odets' Paradise Lost for The American Repertory Theater and Paradise Park by Charles L. Mee for Signature Theater. Among the venues Daniel Fish's work has been seen are Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus, American Repertory Theater, in New York at Signature Theatre, CSC, and The Zipper which opened his production of True Love in 2001, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, Yale Repertory Theatre, McCarter Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre/Washington DC, The Juilliard School, Court Theater, HERE, California Shakespeare Theater and Great Britain's Royal Shakespeare Company. He has taught directing at The Yale School of Drama, Princeton University, University of Southern California at La Jolla and Bard College.
Preview video: http://www.youtube.com/antonzeitz#p/u/0/DXmbA_qgQtE
Janurary 7-9: $15 general
January 10-22: $18 general
Purchase in advance at incubatorarts.org or by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101.
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Presented in collaboration with The Performance Project at University Settlement
Thurs, Jan 6: 7:30p.m.
Fri, Jan 7: 7:30p.m.
Sat, Jan 8: 7:30p.m.
Devised by bluemouth inc. in collaboration with Elijah Brown, Sandrine Lafond, & Daniel Pettrow
Music Composition & Sound Design by Ciara Adams & Richard Windeyer
Award-winning interdisciplinary theatre collective, bluemouth inc., presents an ecstatic and intimate duration-based performance event inspired by the physically grueling spectator sport from Depression-Era North America. A genuine endurance contest and staged performance, hopeful amateurs mix with bluemouth inc. performers under the direction of floor judges and the merciless movement of the clock to shape participation theatre. Those with two left feet can simply sit back to enjoy the fancy footwork.
Historically, the economic success of the dance marathon relied on promoters hiring and embedding eccentrically skilled performers among the actual dance contestants to create unusual and exciting situations. Using this model, selected audience members are each paired with a different performer, as if they were dance partners set within the larger framework of the dance marathon.
Known for its heightened performance style and bold design, bluemouth, inc. explores themes of endurance, competition, survival, and voyeurism in Dance Marathon, while enwrapping the audience in a wildly joyous, deceptively crafted experience.
Dance Marathon features Ciara Adams, Cass Bugge, Clayton Dean Smith, Billy Hiscoke, Stephen O'Connell, Richard Windeyer and Lucy Simic. Video Design by Cameron Davis with additional footage by Douglas O'Connell, lighting by David Duclos and choreography by bluemouth inc.
bluemouth inc. was created in 1998 in Montreal when four artists came together through a shared interest in developing hybrid performance. Today the company splits its time between Toronto and New York City, working with collaborators from across North America and the UK.
Past performances include American Standard (Ted's Wrecking Yard, 2000), Lenz (The Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, 2001), Something About a River (site-specific, Toronto, 2003, Dora Award for Outstanding Independent Production), How Soon Is Now (Theatre Centre, Toronto, 2004, nominated for 5 Dora Awards).
United States: Lenz (The Carlton Arms Hotel, (What the Thunder Said (Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Site Lines Festival), American Standard (Freeman's Barbershop), Death By Water (Fort Greene Park) and How Soon Is Now (The Irondale Center).
Dance Marathon premiered in Toronto as part of Harbourfront Centre's 2009 World Stage. It has since been presented at The Cork Midsummer Festival, the Vancouver Cultural Olympiad and is scheduled to travel in March 2011 to the Dance Massive festival in Melbourne and 10 Days on the Island Festival in Tasmania. Dance Marathon was created through a commission from Fresh Ground new works Harbourfront Centre Toronto national commissioning programme.