Genre: Drama
Conceived and Directed By Tina Shepard

Talking Band, the award-winning experimental theater company, is proud to present OBSKENE, a new play conceived and directed by OBIE Award-winner Tina Shepard, written in concert with eight playwrights, including fellow Talking Band founders Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet, as well as acclaimed playwrightsMarcus Gardley (2011 PEN/Laura Pels Award recipient), David Greenspan (Guggenheim Playwriting Award recipient), Sidney GoldfarbJohn Jesurun(MacArthur "Genius" Award recipient), Deb Margolin (OBIE Award and Kesselring Prize recipient), and Lizzie Olesker.  OBSKENE will be performed at HERE(145 6th Avenue – Enter on Dominick, One Block South of Spring) from November 1st – November 17th. The press opening is Saturday, November 3rd at 8:30 p.m.

“Obskene” is the Greek term for “off-stage” and is the basis for the word “obscene”: it refers to the horrendous and unseen acts of violence that happen off-stage but are never depicted in Greek tragic plays.

OBSKENE utilizes both messenger speeches of classical Greek Tragedy (newly adapted by Sidney Goldfarb and Lizzie Olesker)  and reports from the near future in a variety of styles creating a multi-layered narrative.  The Talking Band has commissioned a diverse group of award-winning  playwrights to write contemporary “messenger” speeches.   The Greek messenger speeches contain some of the most disturbing images in the entirety of theater history,  but they also vividly capture the humor, passion and humanity of their subjects.  Similarly the contemporary reports imagine the harrowing, comic, and heartbreaking aspects of our lives in the years to come. 

Open:   11/01/12
Close:   11/17/12

Press opening: November 3

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:30 p.m.; Saturday at 5:00 and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 5:00 p.m.

Theater:   Here Arts Center
Address:   145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
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Closest subway: C,E to Spring Street; south to theatre

Cost:$20, $15 for students/seniors
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