Seeking a decidedly American angle from which to encounter the RSC and the language of Shakespeare, the Wooster Group turned to the powerfully suggestive and contradictory figure of the American "Indian." Drawing imagery, speech cadences, and movement from many sources including Zacharias Kunuk's Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner and Chris Eyres' Smoke Signals, the Group reimagined the Trojans as a pastiche fictional tribe of early Americans struggling to assert its dignity as doom closes in.
Following the special engagement with the RSC, the Wooster Group returned to New York and converted the collaboration into an independent piece. The spirit of the absent collaborator/enemy still manifests in various ways, but CRY, TROJANS! concentrates on the Trojan side of the story: the corruption of sincere love and the downfall of a noble hero.
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte, CRY, TROJANS! (TROILUS & CRESSIDA) features performances by Ari Fliakos, Jennifer Lim, Greg Mehrten, Suzzy Roche, Andrew Schneider, Scott Shepherd, Casey Spooner, Kate Valk, and Gary Wilmes. We are collaborating with visual artist Folkert de Jong on set elements, props and costumes and with composer and sound artist Bruce Odland on the sound score. And long-time Wooster Group artistic associate Jennifer Tipton is lighting this new production.
Seating will be on three sides of a thrust stage. All tickets are will-call, and all seating will be assigned. We will reserve for you the best seats available on your purchase date at the price level that you select.
Directed by Elizabeth LeCompte
Set Elements, Props and Costumes: Studio Folkert de Jong in collaboration with Delphine Courtillot
Lighting: Jennifer Tipton
Video and Projections: Andrew Schneider
Sound: Bruce Odland with Bobby McElver and Max Bernstein
Stage Manager: Teresa Hartmann
Assistant Director: Jamie Poskin
Assistant for Costumes: Enver Chakartash
Lighting: Assistant: Ryan Seelig
Production Manager: Emily Rea
Technical Director: Bill Kennedy
Video Totems: Ruud van den Akker
Sound Consultant: Jim Dawson
Seating for the 17 showings is limited. General admission tickets are $25. Patron tickets are $100. There will be a limited number of $25 rush tickets held for each performance sold one hour before curtain at the door of The Performing Garage. Tickets will go on sale on The Wooster Group's website (www.thewoostergroup.org) on Monday, September 10th at 11:00am.
In The Wooster Group's HAMLET, Shakespeare's classic tragedy is re-imagined by remixing and repurposing Richard Burton's 1964 Broadway production, directed by John Gielgud.
The Burton production was recorded in live performance from 17 camera angles and edited into a film that was shown for only two days in 2,000 movie houses across the U.S. The idea of bringing a live theater experience to thousands of simultaneous viewers in different cities was trumpeted as a new form called "Theatrofilm," made possible through "the miracle of Electronovision."
The Wooster Group attempts to reverse the process, reconstructing a hypothetical theater piece from the fragmentary evidence of the edited film. We channel the ghost of the legendary 1964 performance, descending into a kind of madness, intentionally replacing our own spirit with the spirit of another.
HAMLET is directed by Elizabeth LeCompte and features Scott Shepherd as Hamlet, Kate Valk as Gertrude and Ophelia, Ari Fliakos as Claudius, Daniel Pettrow as Horatio, Greg Mehrten as Polonius, Alessandro Magania as Bernardo and Voltemand, and Koosil-ja as the Nurse, and Casey Spooner as Laertes, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and the Player King.
Additional Wooster Group artists and associates contributing to the piece include Ruud van den Akker (set); Jennifer Tipton and Gabe Maxson (lighting); Geoff Abbas, Bobby McElver, Matt Schloss, and Omar Zubair (sound); FISCHERSPOOER (Laertes' songs); Warren Fischer (additional music); Reid Farrington and Andrew Schneider (video); Bozkurt Karasu (production manager); Teresa Hartmann (stage manager); Aron Deyo (technical director); Daniel Jackson (technical assistant); Kent Barrett (master electrician); Claudia Hill (costumes); Enver Chakartash (wardrobe); Felix Ivanov (fight coach); Natalie Thomas (movement coach); Zbigniew Bzymek (video blog); and Kate Valk (associate director).
The Wooster Group develops work over extended periods of time, presenting a piece in live performance at various stages of its evolution. Initial rehearsals for HAMLET began in the spring of 2005 at The Performing Garage. We have presented live performances of HAMLET in New York at St. Ann's Warehouse and the Public Theater in 2007, and on tour in Barcelona, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Athens, Gdansk, Bucharest, Sarasota, and Dublin spanning 2006-2012. Our latest version of HAMLET brings the production back to The Performing Garage where it was originally developed. The production will tour to São Paulo and Edinburgh in 2013.
HAMLET is a co-production of The Wooster Group and the 30 Festival of Barcelona Grec-Institute de Cultura, Ajuntament of Barcelona.
The Wooster Group is a company of experimental theatre artists under the direction of Elizabeth LeCompte. Wooster Group productions are known for their interweaving of text and performance with technology to tell stories in new ways. Since its founding in 1975, the Group has made more than 30 works for theatre, dance, film, and video, including SAKONNET POINT (1975), RUMSTICK ROAD (1977), NAYAT SCHOOL (1978), POINT JUDITH (1979), ROUTE 1&9 (1981), L.S.D. (JUST THE HIGH POINTS) (1984), FRANK DELL'S THE TEMPTATION OF ST. ANTONY (1988), NORTH ATLANTIC (1984, 1999, 2010), BRACE UP! (1991, 2003), THE EMPEROR JONES (1993, 2006), FISH STORY (1994), THE HAIRY APE (1996), HOUSE/LIGHTS (1998, 2005), TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) (2002), POOR THEATER (2004), WHO'S YOUR DADA?! (2006), HAMLET (2007, 2012), LA DIDONE (2009), and VIEUX CARRÉ (2011). The Group has toured in the U.S. and to Europe, Russia, Canada, South America, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia. The Performing Garage at 33 Wooster Street in lower Manhattan is the company's permanent home, which it owns and operates as a shareholder in the Grand Street Artists Co-op, originally established as part of the Fluxus art movement. The Group's daily video bog can be followed at www.thewoostergroup.org.