Photo Flash: First Look at Blueprint Theater Project's THE HUMAN VARIATIONS
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by BWW News Desk
Blueprint Theater Project, Co-Founders/Artistic Directors Kevin Connell and Ellen Orenstein, present the World-Premiere of THE HUMAN VARIATIONS, an immersive, site-specific theatrical symphony that explores human interaction in our age of cyber intimacy. Preview performances of THE HUMAN VARIATIONS began February 7 prior to an official press opening of February 10 at Red Roots Gallery (25 Central Park West, at 62nd Street) in Manhattan. BroadwayWorld has a first look at the show in the photos below!
Two men. Six women. Drink. Dance. Desperate loneliness. What begins as innocent banter over cocktails at an art opening quickly transforms into fantasy, nightmare and possible redemption. In THE HUMAN VARIATIONS' four movements (Allegro, Largo, Scherzo and Rondo), characters collide and share intimacy and closeness, while their small, seemingly innocuous everyday interactions become more and more exposed, shaping who they are and what they obsess about. Allegro, Largo and Scherzo were originally produced as individual workshops in three separate site-specific locations in New York City. The full Symphony, THE HUMAN VARIATIONS, includes the premier of Rondo (the fourth and final movement).
The backdrop for THE HUMAN VARIATIONS is a photography exhibit featuring the work of Abby Verbosky. Audience members are encouraged to view the artist's installation before or after the production. Free wine will be served.
Directed by Ellen Orenstein (Co-Artistic Director, Blueprint Theater Project), the cast of THE HUMAN VARIATIONS includes: Kyla Deichl, Molly Groome, Nick Hepsoe, Cole Johnston, Sarah King, Jillian Mason, Melissa McNerney and Zac Walker.
The production team for THE HUMAN VARIATIONS is Toby Jaguar Algya (sound design), Devon Brown (lighting design), and Anna DeMers (choreography).
Blueprint Theater Project examines adaptation in all its forms - genre, style and content - with source materials that range from the classical to the hyper-contemporary. Our goal is to create theater that rethinks, reorganizes and reconstructs to explore the process of change from one form to another. Significant in this exploration are the many perspectives and means for communication that accompany each specific art form and the ways in which various mediums elucidate storytelling. Further, our work investigates why stories get retold, sometimes decades or centuries later, in vastly different ways while still being produced for public consumption.
Scheduled February 7 through March 3, THE HUMAN VARIATIONS has a performance schedule of Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:00pm and Sundays at 5:00pm at the Red Roots Gallery (25 Central Park West, at 62nd Street) in Manhattan. Pre-sale tickets are $15 if purchased through SmartTix (212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com/Show.aspx?ShowCode=HUM2), and $20 general admission and $15 students for day of tickets at the door (cash only).
For more information about THE HUMAN VARIATIONS or Blueprint Theater Project, please visit: www.BlueprintTheaterProject.org.Photo Credit: Peter James Zielinski