In the heyday of the American drama, the forefathers of realism were seeking to create a new form of story-telling in which characters could be plucked from the everyday humdrum of reality, and the actors portraying could pass for your neighbor or your brother or the man seated next to you. Tired of the melodramatic flare, these artists were working together to rebel against the established norm by experimenting with the unknown and reveling in the process of development and creation.
More than half a century later, Theater Reconstruction Ensemble has assembled a group of eight men struggling to create their own process of theatrical story-telling, following in their forefathers' footsteps - examining their greatest works and challenging their most legendary of methods. By looking to the past, we have created a new piece of theater - a patchwork of style, drama, realism and what lies beyond - that pushes the boundaries of our now-established norms of playwriting and theater-making. We are continuing their experiment by exploring our own process and venturing ourselves into the great unknown.
Theater Reconstruction Ensemble presents SALESMEN: a meditation on masculinity and the American REAL a world premiere piece conceived and directed by John Kurzynowski and developed by the company. The cast for SALESMEN includes Michael Barringer, Hunter Canning* (Bway: War Horse), Jonathan Gordon* (Bway: Orphans), Eben Hoffer, Patrick Scheid, Nick Smerkanich, Hugh Trimble, and Merlin Whitehawk.
About the Company: Theater Reconstruction Ensemble
was formed in 2010 as a collective of theater artists striving to reconstruct both classical and contemporary experiments in theater through the playful development of works over time. Recent productions include Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at The Access Theater and Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus at The Brick. Committed to a collaborative approach to theater making, we function as an ensemble of actors, playwrights, designers, and directors working together to thoroughly examine each element of a theatrical text, from major themes to minute details, and collectively reconstruct canonical works, staying true to the original texts while simultaneously using our own personal connection to these texts to establish unique structures in which to explore and invent.
Wednesday - Sunday at 7pm
Saturday at 2pm
Plus, Tuesday, November 5th at 7pm.
(No performance on October 31).
Theater: Here Arts Center
Address: 145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
Buy Tickets Online or Call: at 212-352-3101