Rising Sun Performance Company (Akia, Founding Artistic Director) announced today that it will present Hotel Suite, an immersive, site-specific 21-day theatrical event at Hostelling International (891 Amsterdam Avenue at 103rd Street) October 11th through November 3, 2012. Hotel Suite will feature the celebrated work of Sam Shepard, FOOL FOR LOVE, and the first Off-Off Broadway production of Tracy Letts' BUG, along with six brand new one-act plays, all set in a hotel room.
Room 128 at the popular Upper West Side hostel is the perfect location for these eight plays, all set in hotels and motels, to unfold after audience members step inside the hotel room where they will be seated among the action. Akia, Rising Sun Performance Company's Founding Artistic Director and Director of BUG, is thrilled to present these traditional plays in such an interactive environment. "Rising Sun Performance Company has planned Hotel Suite for years," she explained. "And, we are excited that this ambitious project is finally coming to life as well as honored to present the inaugural Off-Off Broadway run of Bug."
FOOL FOR LOVE is written by Sam Shepard, directed by Tim Butterfield and Assistant Director, Andreas Hager, and features Ryan Dusek, Larry Gutman, Christina Mullikin & Jonathan Ziese
Eddie tracks down his former flame, May, as she is staked out at a Mojave Desert motel. The push-pull of their attraction and uncommon past creates a volatile reunion.
FOOL FOR LOVE performance schedule is: Friday, October 12th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 13th at 2:00 pm; Sunday, October 14th at 7:00 pm; Wednesday, October 17th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 20th at 8:00 pm; Sunday, October 21st at 4:00 pm; Monday, October 22nd at 8:00 pm; Thursday, October 25th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 27th at 5:00 pm; Sunday, October 28th at 1:00 pm; Friday, November 2nd at 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 3rd at 2:00 pm.
BUG is written by Tracy Letts, directed by Akia, and features Michael Aguirre, Amanda Berry, Carl Fengler, Sarah Norris & John Z. Corazón.
Lovelorn waitress Agnes and Gulf War vet Peter develop a surprising relationship in a dilapidated Oklahoma City motel room. The budding couple must face her abusive ex-husband causes problems as well as the psychological and physical effects of an insect infestation. The play won numerous awards, including the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play, for the 2004production at Barrow Street Theatre.
BUG performance schedule is: Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 pm; Sunday, October 14th at 4:00 pm; Monday, October 15th at 8:00 pm; Thursday, October 18th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 20th at 5:00 pm; Sunday, October 21st at 1:00 pm;Friday, October 26th at 8:00 pm; Saturday, October 27th at 2:00 pm; Sunday, October 28th at 7:00 pm; Monday, October 29th at 8:00 pm; Wednesday, October 31st at 8:00 pm and Saturday, November 3rd at 8:00 pm.
ROOM 128 – Six Hotel-Themed One-Act Plays
ONE ROOM OVER is written by Alexandra Petri, directed by Sarah Norris, and features Samantha Cooper, Kelley Evans, Carl Fengler, & TBD.
A honeymooning couple spend more trying to figure out who the tragic duo next door is than celebrating their recent marriage.
GREENLIGHT is written by Angela C. Hall, directed by Tim Errickson, and features Amanda Berry & Haddon McKinney.
A lonely man looks for connection and fulfillment in the wrong girl.
TELL ME YOU LOVE ME is written by Mark Cornell, directed by Leal Vona, and features Elizabeth Burke & Michael Burns.
Hearing three little words would mean so much to Isabel, but will a night in a desolate Maine hotel during winter convince Tommy, her estranged husband, just how important they are.
THE BELLHOP is written by Emily Duncan, directed by Mia Y. Anderson, and features Michael Burns, Ashleigh Herndon. What's worse than a ghost in your hotel room? An overzealous bellhop according to this zany comedy.