Soho Rep has announced some updates to the mainstage productions comprising its 2012-13 season, produced in association with John Adrian Selzer.
In response to critical acclaim and overwhelming demand, Soho Rep has again extended the New York premiere of Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation …, directed by Eric Ting, this time to December 16. Tickets to the American premiere of Nature Theater of Oklahoma's epic serial Life and Times: Episodes 1-4-a Soho Rep production presented by The Public Theater as a special engagement of the Under the Radar Festival 2013-are now on sale. And Soho Rep announces the production that will conclude its 2012-13 season: the world premiere of Lucas Hnath's A Public Reading of an Unproduced Screenplay About the Death of Walt Disney, directed by Soho Rep Artistic Director Sarah Benson (April 30 – May 26, 2013).
ABOUT THE PRODUCTIONS
Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915
Now that a first extension of Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation… (to Sunday, December 9) has sold out, Soho Rep has added a second: Tuesday – Sunday, December 11 – 16, at 7:30 P.M. Tickets ($35-$40 General Admission) are available at: http://sohorep.org and (212) 352-3101. $15 Student Rush tickets are available at the door.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Life and Times: Episodes 1-4
Tickets are now on sale for Soho Rep's American Premiere production of Nature Theater of Oklahoma's epic serial saga Life and Times: Episodes 1-4, which The Public Theater will present as a special engagement of the Under the Radar Festival 2013. Performances will take place January 16 – February 2, 2013 at The Public Theater at Astor Place (425 Lafayette Street).
Tickets, priced at $30 for Episode 1, 2, or 3 & 4, or $70 for the full marathon, can be purchased at 212.967.7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public's box office.
Nature Theater of Oklahoma makes a triumphant homecoming with this bold, exuberant celebration of the most epic story of all: life. Conceived and directed by Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Artistic Directors, Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Life and Times charts one person's account of their life, navigating a deep map of memory, from their earliest recollections through present day. The libretto of the work, which will ultimately comprise ten episodes, is a verbatim transcript of ten recorded phone conversations in which the person told their story. Life and Times continues the exploration Nature Theater of Oklahoma has pursued since No Dice: using casual, real-life speech and storytelling as the text for innovative theatrical works, thereby making something extraordinary out of the ordinary.
Life and Times, from a conversation with Kristin Worrall, features dramaturgy by Florian Malzacher, design by Peter Nigrini, and original music by Robert M. Johanson, Julie LaMendola,and Daniel Gower. The cast includes Ilan Bachrach, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Anne Gridley, Robert M. Johanson, Matthew Korahais, Julie LaMendola, Alison Weisgall, and Kristin Worrall.
Episodes 1-4 represent the first "movement" of the work; upcoming episodes will depart from the theater and take other forms, including a book, a film and a radio play. Episode 1, which starts with birth and continues to age 8, fuses communist musical and "mass games" rhythmic gymnastic spectacle. In Episode 2, which spans early adolescence, the company takes up the concept of the chorus and chorus line to represent the challenges of belonging to a social group. Episodes 3 and 4 encompass high school years, including the desire for freedom from home and family life. Experimentation, rebellion, and drug use collide with religion and metaphysics-both first love and first cigarettes. In order to unlock the considerable drama associated with this particular age, Nature Theater applies the dramatic conventions of a "locked-room" mystery play.