By P. William Pinto
Directed by Akia
Assistant Director Matthew Kreiner
Stage Manager Jenna Dempesy
Featuring Adam Purvis, Crystal Franceshini, Elizabeth Burke ,Julie Bain, Kathleen Schlemmer, Lindsey Smith, Michelle Robinson, Mimi Jefferson, Nicolette Callaway, Paige Patterson, Patrick J. Egan, Reginald Ferguson , Rey Oliver Bune, Rob Richardson, & Thomas Farrell
What the Critics Have to Say about Rising Sun
"Intense and out-there, and just never lets up" .. NYtheatre.com
"Well worth the audience's time and money" & "Deeply Honest" ...Oobr.com
"A little gem hidden in the dark Under St. Mark's".. L Magazine
"if the unusual is what you crave head down to UNDER St. Mark's for the ride of your life!" .. NYcool.com
"A number of excellent performances" – Deborah Greenhut
The Online Entertainment Guide calls Rising Sun the most popular Off-Off-Broadway performance company!!
Playwright P. William Pinto, Director Akia and the immensely talented ensemble of Rising Sun have spent the last 6 months developing the world premiere production of DeCADEnce. An Original work drawing from our eclectic Americana history, told thru 10 vignettes each representing a decade from the 20th Century. DeCADEnces explores both the frightening injustices and the triumphant advances of our human history; from Coney Island sideshows, Minstrelsy & Blackface, Old Time Radio to "Monicagate", DeCADEnce leaves no stone unturned. The rotating 16 member ensemble portrays these stories through an array of performance and media styles, inspired by TV Sitcoms, Musicals, Radio Plays, Civil Rights Protests, Live Music, Vaudeville, Carnival & Circus styles and more.
DeCADEnce flies from 1903 to 1998 in examination of the lies, truths, and in-betweens which have plagued this country in the last century. Meet Topsy the Elephant that helped build Coney Island, and witness her gruesome public execution, Follow the conflict of an African American Actor who has to decide between keeping his job and lowering himself to Minstrelsy, Peek inside the interrogation room of Roswell, NM and see what may or may not have really happened, Listen in on a studio recording a Radio play, and watch the outside during the Depression, dance along to disco music at Studio 54 and re-live the blinding media circus of the Clinton Sex Scandal.
What can be said about the 20th Century? Find out in DeCADEnce.....
About the Company: Rising Sun Performance Company
Committed to the principle of ensemble performance through the collaboration of a company of actors, directors and playwrights, Rising Sun Performance Company's mission is to advance the vitality and diversity of American theater by nurturing artists, encouraging repeatable creative relationships, and contributing new works and revitalized pre-existing work to the national canon. Rising Sun Performance Company realizes this goal by providing a safe artistic home which stimulates risk-taking without limits of genre or agenda. Our seasons are unique because our work is not genre or message specific. The productions represent the ensemble, how it exists in the moment and the Rising Sun Performance Company selects work that speaks to those artistic voices in its current state of being.
Theater: Under St. Marks
Address: 94 St. Mark's Place
New York, NY
Cost:$18.00, $14.00 Students and Seniors
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