HELLO CENTRAL is an expansion of NEXT, produced by Abraxas Theatre Company at HERE Arts Center, which follows a group of WWII soldiers as they wait for their turn at a military-sponsored whorehouse. It i reunites many of the principal cast members from Gracia’s NEXT and gives the audience a deeper look at those characters. The show was conceived as a benefit for On Behalf of a Grateful Nation, who also partnered with the production of NEXT to raise funds. “It’s is less a hodge-podge of scenes and more of an entire second play-taking place before, during, and well after the war,” says Gracia. “NEXT was less of a straight narrative, more of a collection of moments that hang within a structure; that made it easier to write a re-visitation with those characters. It was a matter of finding moments between the ones you saw in the original production.”
HELLO CENTRAL begins at a USO dance before two of the characters from NEXT ship out. One is taken to a Coney Island burlesque show and joins the audience for the performance from New York-based artist Kitty Cavalier. The setting shifts to the same WWII encampment from NEXT where we revisit other characters who struggle to reconcile the treatment of an Asian prostitute by their superior officers. Gracia cites the line “our history is an aggregate of last moments” from Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow as an influence. He explains that “NEXT and Hello Central are just that, aggregates of last moments, which is the nature of writing fiction about war.”
About the Company: Dialogue with Three Chords
Dialogue with Three Chords was founded by Stephen Gracia and Michael LoPorto. It applies the stripped down, do-it-yourself philosophy of punk to the stage and features short plays and live music on the 4th Thursday of every month at Mr. Dennehy’s in Greenwich Village. Gracia and LoPorto’s previous collaborations have been produced for HERE Arts Center, The Sargent Theatre, The Makor Theater, DUMBO Theatre Exchange, Levenson Hall at Brooklyn College, and the Theaters at 45 Bleecker.
Theater: Downstairs at Mr. Dennehy's
Address: 63 Carmine Street
New York, NY 10014
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