Musical Score by Joseph Vernon Banks
Theater for the New City's award-winning Street Theater Company opens its 34th annual tour July 31 with GONE FISSION, OR ALTERNATIVE POWER, an Operatta for the Street. The rip-roaring production will tour City streets, parks and playgrounds throughout the five boroughs through September 12. The production, free to all New Yorkers, will have book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field and musical score composed by Joseph Vernon Banks.
When an out-of-work Account Executive takes a survival job as a Census Taker, he visits a fish restaurant. A hurricane transforms the place to a Louisiana Bayou, where Father Neptune is conducting a summit with the creatures of the sea. Our hero's job is to count, but he also listens. He learns that animals are people, too; they are just like the gay couple in 3E, the single mom in 5D, the gang member in 6A, the illlegal immigrant family in 4B and Lady Gaga in the Lobby. He sees that the human race is an important part of the Animal Kingdom and learns "dissenting" notions he would have considered fishy, like offshore drilling is disgraceful and that you shouldn't dig for coal by lopping off the top of a mountain. He even learns there are alternative lifestyles to world domination and empire building. The operetta features a La Vegas style Can-Can number called "Investors' Russian Roulette" and a Sea Creatures Anthem, "We Are The Animals."
The Census Taker takes his neighbors so seriously that he realizes that grassroots organizing is the way to go. When he goes to an angry Community Board meeting with a chorus of shrimp, fish, dolphins, a pelican, and a polar bear, led by Father Neptune, to plead the case for Alternative Power, the meeting elects him as a public member. He considers a run for City Council. As Father Neptune says, “You’ve gotta start somewhere!”
The sea creatures are played by actors in gigantic fish costumes made by Hollywood special effects maven David "Zen" Mansley. The mountain plays itself. There are seven production numbers, a live five-piece band and a company of 50.
Sat, July 31st - 2PM - Manhattan - TNC, East 10th Street at 1st Avenue
Sun, August 1st - 2PM – Manhattan – Jackie Robinson Park, W. 147th Street & Bradhurst Avenue
Sat, August 7th - 2PM - Bronx - St. Mary's Park at 147th St. & St. Ann's Ave
Sun, August 8th - 2PM - Brooklyn - Herbert Von King Park at Marcy & Tompkins
Fri, August 13th - 8PM - Brooklyn - Coney Island Boardwalk at W. 10th St.
Sat, August 14th - 2PM – Manhattan - Tompkins Square Park at E. 7th St and Ave. A
Sun, August 15th - 2PM – Manhattan – Central Park Bandshell, 72nd Street Crosswalk
Sat, August 21st - 2PM - Brooklyn - Prospect Park Concert Grove
Sun, August 22nd - 2PM - Queens – Travers Park, 34th Ave between 77th & 78th Streets
Sat, August 28th - 2PM – Manhattan - Wise Towers at W. 90th St bet. - Columbus & Amsterdam
Sun, August 29th - 2PM – Manhattan - Washington Square Park
Sat, September 11th - 2PM - Staten Island – Sobel Court & Bowen Street
Sun, September 12th - 2PM - Manhattan - St. Marks Church, E. 10th St at 2nd Ave
About the Company: Theater For The New City
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.
Saturdays & Sundays at 2PM
plus Friday, August 13 at 8PM
(see schedule above)
Theater: Varous places in the five boroughs
New York, NY
|Cost:FREE or Call: Theater for the New City at (212) 254-1109|