The Hyper Aware Theater Company presents its newest work, GUTTERDRUNK: The Poe Revisions, which brings viewers deep into the hallucinatory mind of famed writer, Edgar Allan Poe. GUTTERDRUNK unites seven international playwrights whose original works reimagine many of Poe's famous stories and poems, such as "The Tell Tale Heart" and "Annabel Lee." GUTTERDRUNK will have six performances presented both on the grounds and in the basement of the historic John Street Church.
GUTTERDRUNK blends theater, performance art, and live music into a cohesive, interactive evening. As the action unfolds in the shadows, audience members will shape their own intimate experiences by illuminating the environment with flashlights. Actors are buried alive, bricked behind walls, smothered and stabbed, until only a rattled and wasted Poe remains, without fiction to blur his dark reality. GUTTERDRUNK explores the hysterical and haunting effects of alcohol on actor, character and author in a way that tests the limits of theatrical experience. As Poe wrote, we must "consider anew what are the capabilities of the drama-not merely what have been its conventional purposes."
GUTTERDRUNK is directed by Gary Ferrar and features Louis Aquiler* (All About Walken), Naomi Bland (Yale School of Drama), Vance Clemente, Risa Cohen (Circle in the Square), Andrew Huber, Katarina Hughes (NYU Tisch), Rachel Lynn Jackson (The PIT), Chad Miller (CollegeHumor, Wild Blue), Clea Rivera* (La MaMa), Charles Rohlfs, and George Walsh; and features original music and underscoring by The Live Nudes. Playwrights include Lance Tait of France's Theatre Metropole and author of Plays Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe (Enfield Publishing). *actors courtesy of AEA
The Hyper Aware Theater Company was founded in 2008, in an effort to push beyond the standard gimmicks of metatheater into a world of pure emotion. Their sold out run of Time Traveling with Cannibals at Nicu's Spoon Theater was hailed as "a hilarious journey with outrageously awesome set design . . . which never drags or lags" by theateronline.com. After their production of Durang's Titanic, nytheater.com called The Hyper Aware Theater Company "smart" and the performance "oddly captivating . . . and impressive." Find out why at hyperawaretheater.blogspot.com
John Street Church is located at 44 John Street (and Nassau Street). Closest subway is the Fulton Stop (2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, and Z trains). Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
PERFORMANCES (rain or shine):
Thursday 10/20 8PM
Friday 10/21 8PM
Saturday 10/22 8PM
Thursday 10/27 8PM
Saturday 10/29 8PM
Sunday 10/30 8PM