Genre: Classical, Drama, Other
a play by Caridad Svich

New York-based, international touring theater company
proudly presents the New York premiere of
Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable)
a play by Caridad Svich
directed by Ianthe Demos and Danny Bernardy
featuring original music by Brian Simerson

Meet Iphigenia, the pampered daughter of a ruthless Latin American dictator who learns that she is to be sacrificed for the good of her father. To escape her fate, she embarks on an Alice-in-Wonderland-style trip through the dark fringes of society to reach a rave on the northernmost edge of the city. See what happens when Greek tragedy, an androgynous rock star named Achilles, the ghosts of the Women of Juarez, ecstasy-fueled dancers, the modern media circus, and a history of corrupt rulers are all invited to the same huge party.
Caridad Svich's modern script riffs on the myth of Iphigenia as told by Euripides and Racine but instead of the windless shores of Greece, the ill-fated love of Iphigenia and Achilles is set in a pop-culture-crazed Latin landscape where young Iphigenia is pursued by a media that can destroy her just as brutally as her father's henchman and where she will learn more than she bargained for about lust, violence, sacrifice, and celebrity. And love. Above all, deep, passionate, screwed-up love.
One Year Lease is currently rehearsing the play in Papingo, Greece, marking the second time that Iphigenia Crash Land Falls has been to the mountains of Northern Greece. The play was originally developed by the Actors Touring Company (UK) at the Euripides Festival in Monodendri under the direction of Nick Philippou. The play, short-listed for the 2005 PEN USA-WEST Award in drama, premiered in the US at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta.

"Caridad Svich's Iphigenia...a rave fable is an exhilarating play.
The narrative subtlety is what makes Svich's redux of Euripides'
Iphigenia in Aulis so stirring... A play of mythic power."   -Variety
Danny Bernardy* (Co-Director, Achilles, Chorus), Nick Flint, Susannah Melone (Camila, Violeta Imperial, Chorus), Brina Stinehelfer (Iphigenia), Gregory Waller (Adolfo, Virtual MC, Chorus)
*indicates member of Actor's Equity Association
Production Team: Jessica Applebaum (Dramaturg), Danny Bernardy (Co-Director), Ianthe Demos (Co-Director), James Hunting (Set Design), Kay Lee (Costume Design), Mike Riggs (Lighting Design), Brian Simerson (Composer), Brian Thomas (Video and Graphic Design)
Award-winning Latina playwright, Svich's work includes Any Place But Here (Theatre for the New City, directed by Maria Irene Fornes), Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues (Cincinnati Playhouse, directed by Lisa Peterson), Antigone Arkhe (The Women's Project, directed by Annie Dorsen), and the multimedia collaboration with Todd Cerveris and Nick Philippou The Booth Variations (59 East 59th Street/NY and 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival). Her new play with songs Thrush premieres at Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin this fall. In development: music-theatre version of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma with composer Elizabeth Swados and director Kay Matschullat.
Before opening in New York, One Year Lease will workshop Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) in the mountains of Northern Greece. Rehearsing in the tiny village of Papingo, the ensemble of five actors will build the project in the country that is home to the original myth of Iphigenia and perform for impromptu audiences of villagers before returning to New York City's Walkerspace. With Iphigenia Crash Land Falls, OYL continues its exploration of evocative modern adaptations of the classics. 

One Year Lease, founded in 2000, is a New York-based theater company dedicated to revitalizing classic texts. They have created a community of American and international artists who work together on productions performed both in the United States and abroad. Recent productions include Phaedra x 3: a project featuring three provocative adaptations of the myth of Phaedra including Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love, Matthew Maguire's Phaedra, and Jean Racine's Phedre translated by Ted Hughes (Monodendri and Papingo, Greece; The Cherry Lane, New York); Antigone (The UnConvention Theater Festival, Abingdon Theater, New York);  Machinal (Theater for the New City); Look Back in Anger (Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, New York); Oresteia (Theater for the New City, New York; Deree College Amphitheater, Athens, Greece; Theatro Alfredo Chiesa, Milan, Italy; Antigone (The Raw Space, New York; Theatro Technis, Athens, Greece) and Miss Julie (Sanford Meisner Theater and The Pulse Theater).

Open:   09/07/06
Close:   09/16/06

Thursday, September 7 @ 8pm
Friday, September 8 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 9 @ 3pm & 8pm
Sunday, September 10 @ 3pm
Tuesday, September 12 @ 8pm
Wednesday, September 13 @ 8pm
Thursday, September 14 @ 8pm
Friday, September 15 @ 8pm
Saturday, September 16 @ 3pm & 8pm
Theater:   Walkerspace
Address:   46 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
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