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Are We Here Yet?  | Open: 07/14/10 Close: 07/18/10
EAST RIVER COMMEDIA in association with ANNA BRENNER present ARE WE HERE YET? as part of THE 4TH ANNUAL undergroundzero festival.

Enter the American mind: afraid, allergic, contradictory, and forever searching. Five characters created from the interviews, memories, and observations of the ensemble struggle to connect with each other and the intangible in the midst of an uncanny American landscape. 

Directed by Anna Brenner (winner of the 2009 undergroundzero "Audience Choice" award), Devised with the company. Cast: Melissa Brown, Gabel Eiben, Mike James and Rachael Richman. Scott Dougan (Sets), Dasha Martikainen (Costumes), Bruce Steinberg (Lights), Otso Huopaniemi (co-creator), Hannah Hessel (dramaturg)

"Anna is an immense talent and I know that she will make a significant contribution to our field. I cannot wait to see what she does next."
Anne Bogart


Father Of Lies  | Open: 07/07/10 Close: 07/11/10
East River Commedia in association with The Immediate Theater Company present FATHER OF LIES, as part of the 4th annual undergroundzero festival.  

FATHER OF LIES is a premiere adaptation of avant-horror scribe Brian Evenson's chilling debut novel.  Drawing on actual, previously repressed cases of the abuse of young boys by Mormon lay clergy FATHER OF LIES is set in an epistemologically thorny environment of hypocrisy and violent physical terror. Evenson's allegory of blind religious obedience is a shocking account of a predator expert in the "soul murder" of the vulnerable and of a villain who relies on the church to abet his crimes. Adapted by award winning director Jose Zayas FATHER OF LIES is a disorienting and twisted journey probing at the horror and violence that lie between faith and despair.   

The Cast includes Evan Enderle (Bingo with the Indians, Princes of Waco), Jocelyn Kuritsky (Crawl Fade to White, Have You Seen Steve Steven?), Pete McCabe (Southern Promises, Prophet), Matt Huffman (Southern Promises, Missa Solemnis, or the Play About Henry), Jessica Pohly (Bingo with the Indians, The Great Recession) and Richard Toth (The Archery Contest).


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La Party  | Open: 07/07/10 Close: 07/11/10
EAST RIVER COMMEDIA presents Phil Soltanoff and David Barlow's LA PARTY as part of the 4TH ANNUAL undergroundzero festival.

A fanatical vegan slides off the wagon one night, falling headfirst into a wild L.A. bender. The story written and spoken by David Barlow collides with live video in which six performers produce a compelling composite human being. A charming soup-çon from director Phil Soltanoff, whose collaborations with France's CIE 111 have produced playful meldings of theatre, visual art, dance and new cirque, LA Party has been an audience favorite at this past season’s Under The Radar Festival, Fusebox Festival, and Prelude Festival. The show also appeared at The Collapsable Hole, and is now presented as part of the 2010 undergroundzero Festival at PS122. 

LA PARTY is performed by David Barlow, Ilan Bachrach, Stephen Brady, Kristine Oakes, Claire Siebers and Phil Soltanoff.



Quiet To Departure  | Open: 07/13/10 Close: 07/18/10
EAST RIVER COMMEDIA in association with LEIGH EVANS present QUIET TO DEPARTURE as part of the 4TH ANNUAL undergroundzero festival.

Leigh Evans’ new work, Quiet to Departure, has been selected to premiere at the 4th Annual undergroundzero festival of experimental theater, presented at PS122, July 13-18. Combining Butoh dance, video, and original music by Peter Whitehead, the duet Quiet to Departure explores the illusory nature of form through the shifting perceptions of self and other. Reflection, refraction, disjunction, shadow, and presence reveal our simultaneous transparency and visibility in this journey of self and memory.

Choreographed by Leigh Evans. Performed by Leigh Evans & Megan Nicely. Music by Peter Whitehead. Video by David Rogers & Joel Kurtz. Sculpture by Therese Lahaie. Costume Design by Tiziana Agnello. Lighting Design by Bruce Steinberg.

Leigh Evans, Choreographer at the intersection of dance, visual art, meditation, and theater, Leigh Evans' performance work explores the nature of perception by re-inventing our relationship to viewing the body. Evans' dance theater illuminates the darker aspects of human nature with the beauty of the physical form in rituals of invocation. Her explorations are fed by her fascination with the performance and meditative traditions of Asia. Integral to her work are her extensive travels and studies in the meditative and performance traditions of Asia, including Indian Odissi dance, Butoh, Yoga, Bulgarian singing and North Indian singing.