| Open: 04/17/09 Close: 05/10/09
IN SECURITY is a capriciously funny glimpse into the brain of Dr. Lona Waverton, successful surgeon and endearing control freak. It´s the night before her wedding, and everything is in check, until she makes one mistake – and suddenly her personal and professional lives are thrown into conflict. Drawn into Lona's chaotic fight against insecurity, the audience enters a world where fantasy and reality collide.
Creating the playful world of Lona Waverton, the set juxtaposes real objects with drawn objects, creating a childlike construction of a room. Prop details are projected onto the set and as six different people in Lona's life come in and out of her mind, the projected props morph into "puppets" of those characters, using video with a combination of live action and animation. The set is a vessel to Lona's mind – the more chaotic her mind gets, the more intrusive the characters become.
In addition to Gutto, IN SECURITY features filmed performances by Carmen Chaplin (Charlie Chaplin´s granddaughter and Eugene O´Neill´s great granddaughter), Lawrence Ballard (Broadway’s A Raisin on the Sun, A Soldier´s Play), Miquel Belmonte, Stephanie Davis, Anita Hollander, Barbara Klaaysen, Luis Moreno, Erik Parillo, Alireza Rofougaran, Kathleen Turco-Lyon and Veronica Vazquez.. Produced by Lisa Dozier and Michael Soussan, the production features set design by Dagny Drage Kleiva, costumes by Andrea Sundt, dramaturgy by Oda Radoor, lighting by Gina Scherr, sound by Robert Quillen Camp, production stage management by Naomi Anhorn and computer programming by Yu-Chien Cheng. Hit songwriter SILYA ("Sneaker Night" for Vanessa Hudgens) has written an integrated video/live song for the production.
Anna Gutto (aka Anna Guttormsgaard) received critical acclaim for her roles in Jon Fosse´s Night Sings Its Songs and Sa Ka La, both at 45 Bleecker; The Workroom and Under Milk Wood, both directed by Moni Yakim; and Ibsen´s Rosmersholm at 59E59. Before coming to New York, she worked professionally at state theaters in Norway, with award-winning actors and directors. She has done workshops in France, Hungary, Sweden, Estonia, Norway and New York. Her one-woman show Fidel´s Island, about a Norwegian woman who wants to travel to Cuba, was a hit at Molde International Jazz Festival. Other plays she has written include Time and P*ssing in the Wind (2002 NYC International Fringe Festival). Acting in film, Gone with the Woman won Top Feature Award at Hollywood Film Festival, and was Norway´s Best Foreign Language Film contender for the 2008 Academy Award nominations. Anna Gutto is the recipient of the prestigious 2-Year Emerging Artist Grant from the Norwegian Arts Council and the 2007 Cultural Grant from American Scandinavian Society.
Ann Oren´s work has been showed worldwide: The Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, APEXART and PS 122 in New York, Festival du Cinema de Paris and the Pink Cow in Tokyo. Ann has received grants from The Jerome Foundation, The School of Visual Arts, The National Board of Reviews New York and The Visual Arts Fund. She received her MFA from School of Visual Arts.
Alexis Poledouris' directing credits include: Vendetta Chrome for Clubbed Thumb at The Ohio Theater; the award-winning The Jew and the Demon by Jonathan Goldberg at NYU; Cherubina by Paul Cohen at the Sanford Meisner Theater; Momma by Edith Freni at PS122; Food for Fish by Adam Szymkowicz at The Kraine;, God's Waiting Room by Ashlin Halfnight for PL115 at PS122 (winner of the NYC Fringe Overall Excellence Award for Best Production) and The Merlin International Theater in Budapest, Hungary. She received her MFA in Directing from Columbia University.
|The Workroom (L'Atelier)
| Open: 11/23/05 Close: 11/26/05
Directed by Moni Yakim
Written in 1978, THE WORKROOM explores the intractability of prejudice, specifically anti-Semitism, and the devastating consequences of war, evils of which we might have hoped to be free by the 21st century.
In Jean-Claude Grumberg's drama, a small group of displaced people, mostly women, are crowded together in an airless tailor's workroom in Paris in the immediate aftermath of World War II. Each is attempting, as it were, to patch together the torn fabric of her life.