Elevator Repair Service, a theater ensemble, has been appearing on New York’s downtown performance circuit since 1991. The ensemble's body of work combines elements of slapstick comedy, hi-tech and lo-tech design, both literary and found text, found objects and discarded furniture, and the group’s own highly developed style of choreography. New York Magazine has called ERS “the best experimental theater group in town.” Recently, ERS' focus has turned to literature with pieces based on the work of Henry James, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Jack Kerouac. These include the Bessie Award-winning Room Tone (2002-2004), No Great Society (2007 at NYTW’s 4th Street Theatre) and Gatz, the group’s highly acclaimed marathon performance of The Great Gatsby. Gatz continues to tour the U.S. and Europe and will next be seen at The Dublin Theatre Festival. Continuing this exploration of American literature, ERS will now present a new work based on William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, developed during several residencies at NYTW.
Scenic Design David Zinn
Costume Design Colleen Werthmann
Lighting Design Mark Barton
Sound Design Matt Tierney
Stage Manager Sarah Hughes
with Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Aaron Landsman, April Matthis, Annie McNamara, Randolph Curtis Rand, Greig Sargeant, Kate Scelsa, Kaneza Schaal, Susie Sokol, Tory Vazquez and Ben Williams
Liberty City: a place where people of the African Diaspora have settled; where urban and island cultures rub up against each other, and the site of Miami's infamous 1980 riots. Enter April Yvette Thompson--a child of children of the 60's, the daughter of a Bahamian and Cuban father and an African American mother: free thinkers, young radicals and movement people. As the hope of the 60's and 70's gave way to the disillusionment and disintegration of the 80's, April's family struggled to survive and stay together. Part history, part imagination, Liberty City is her personal story that illuminates the lives of one family through the context of social, cultural, and political events.
Scenic Design Antje Ellermann
Costume Consultant Mattie Ullrich
Lighting Design David Lander
Sound Design Jane Shaw
Video Design Tal Yarden
Associate Video Design Keith Skretch
Fearlessly imaginative, five-time OBIE award winning director JoAnne Akalaitis joins with Mikhail Baryshnikov and composer Philip Glass to bring four of Samuel Beckett's one-act plays - Act Without Words I, Act Without Words II, Eh Joe, and Rough For Theatre I - to NYTW as Beckett Shorts. After a successful workshop this past spring, Akalaitis invited Bill Camp (currently Alceste in The Misanthrope at NYTW), Karen Kandel, and David Neumann to work with her and Baryshnikov on these funny and fiercely physical plays.
Scenic Design Alexander Brodsky
Costume Design Kaye Voyce
Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton
Sound Design Darron L West
Video Design Mirit Tal
Original Music Philip Glass
with Mikhail Baryshnikov, Bill Camp, Karen Kandel and David Neumann
Iconoclastic director Ivo van Hove stunned NYTW audiences with his critically acclaimed 2004 production of Hedda Gabler. This season van Hove returns to NYTW - his American home - with a world premiere production of The Misanthrope, Molière's classic comedy about the absurdities of social conventions and pretensions. As with Hedda Gabler, van Hove will revitalize The Misanthrope with a fresh, modern perspective - viewing Molière's text through the lens of our society in which the traditional social fabric has frayed and virtual relationships can be deleted with the simple push of a button. “Van Hove has made his reputation with revivals that run 180 degrees away from your average, typical interpretation of classic text.” – Variety.
Production Design Jan Versweyveld
Costume Design Emilio Sosa
Sound Design Raul Vincent Enriquez
Video Design Tal Yarden
Dramaturg Bart Van den Eynde
with Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Jason C. Brown, Bill Camp, Amelia Campbell, Joan MacIntosh, Alfredo Narciso, Thomas Jay Ryan and Jeanine Serralles
Betty Shamieh is a playwright, author, screenwriter and actor. Her newest play, The Black Eyed, depicts four Arab women from across the ages who meet in the afterlife. As these women – who include the Biblical Delilah and a secular modern Arab-American – struggle to come to terms with their lives and their choices, this shockingly funny play skewers traditional views on sex, family, and terrorism. The New York Times says, "Betty Shamieh has the playwright's most essential gift: the passion for talk. Her rich, urgent prose will fling you into a character's life as though it were your own."
Scenic Design Paul Steinberg
Costume Design Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design Jane Cox
Sound Design Darron L West
with Aysan Celik, Lameece Issaq, Jeanine Serralles and Emily Swallow
Rinde Eckert, a 2007 Pulitzer Prize finalist for Drama and the Obie Award-winning creator of And God Created Great Whales, is renowned as a writer, composer, director and performer whose Opera / New Music Theatre productions have toured extensively. In Horizon, a work for three actors loosely based on the teachings of theologian Reinhold Niebuhr, Eckert plays Reinhart Poole, an unconventional theologian and teacher of ethics at a seminary. Reinhart, who has been pressured to resign by dogmatic powers within his church, works all night on his last lecture. He also talks with his wife, argues with the ghost of his brother, remembers conversations, and indulges his hobby: writing a comic allegory about two ageless masons who've been building the same church foundation for 1750 years. In story, song, movement, and music Reinhart, his family, and his strange masons inhabit a visually brilliant landscape, a moving and funny horizon.
Scenic and Lighting Design Alexander V. Nichols
Costume Design David Zinn
Sound Design and Operation Gregory T. Kuhn
Recording composition and performance Rinde Eckert
with David Barlow, Rinde Eckert and Howard Swain