The final shows of the 2012 SummerStage festival are full-length plays from two of NYC's top collectives: The Faux-Real Theater Group and Witness Relocation. Complete show information follows. See you in the park!
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Sat. August 25, Sun. August 26 and Mon. August 27 at 8:00pm in East River Park, Manhattan
"Jason and the Argonauts: Tales from the Argonautica"
A play by Apollonius Rhodius
New Translation by Aaron Poochigian
Performed by The Faux-Real Theatre Company
SummerStage Theater Presented by Time Warner
Artist Website: http://fauxreal.org
The Faux-Real Theatre Company embodies an aesthetic in which the extraordinary and the quotidian meld into dynamic stage life. Faux-Real delivers classical and contemporary texts, in boundary-busting productions that are engaging, accessible and just plain fun. Watch the company as they premiere their latest work, Tales from The Argonautica for the first time. Written by Apollonius Rhodius in the year 3 BC, The Argonautica tells the story of the flawed hero, Jason and his search for the "Golden Fleece." Not quite the hero that Odysseus may have been, but with charismatic charm to spare, Jason assembles a team that includes the mighty Hercules, the musician Orpheus, and the sorceress Medea, who falls madly in love with the swarthy sailor. Spoiler alert: It doesn't go well for Jason and Medea. Faux-Real Theatre's interpretation of this classic text plays like an ancient avant-garde rock concert featuring ribald acting, bouzoukis (Greek guitars), drummers, platform shoes, and a chariot-full of masks and flashy costumes far from the white togas audiences have come to expect from "the classics" of the past.
Tues. August 28, Wed. August 29 and Thurs. August 30 at 8:00pm in East River Park, Manhattan
"I'm Going to Make a Small Incision Behind Your Ear to Check and See if You're Actually Human REDUX"
A play performed by Witness Relocation
SummerStage Theater Presented by Time Warner
Artist Website: http://www.witnessrelocation.org
Witness Relocation combines dance and theater with the energy of a rock show, exploding contemporary culture into intensely physical, outrageous, poetic, and sometimes brutal performances in order to question the assumptions of the modern day experience. I'm Going To Make A Small Incision Behind Your Ear To Check And See If You're Actually Human REDUX is comprised of 30 segments, presented in a different order every night determined by an audience lottery. The mayhem and panic-filled plot includes high-energy dance numbers, possible alien invasion, a blindfolded wrestling match, scenes from the TV show "V", a lizard costume, true on the spot confessions, and numerous attempts to force actual emotions out of the performers in real time, right in front of the audience. The various segments are not only performed in a random order every night, but who from the ensemble performs each scene is decided on the spot by the performers themselves.
This schedule of events and performers is subject to change without notice.
Admission to all free performances is based on a first come/first served basis. No tickets required unless otherwise noted. Paid tickets are required for all Benefit Concerts. All SummerStage shows go on RAIN OR SHINE. Shows will be canceled only in the event of dangerous lightning during a performance.
No professional camera gear, telephoto lenses or flash photography is allowed unless expressly arranged in advance through representatives of City Parks Foundation or GreenHouse Publicity. No video taping of any shows will be allowed.
Food and alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase at all shows. Beer and wine are for on-site consumption only and may not be removed from the venue. Do not bring alcoholic beverages, glass, bottles, coolers, pets, bicycles, roller blades, folding chairs, beach umbrellas, video cameras or tape recorders to SummerStage shows. Patrons will not be allowed into venues with these materials. All bags are subject to search.
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