BY MARIUS VON MAYENBURG | TRANSLATED BY MAJA ZADE | THE BRICK | 2015
THE BRICK | AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2015
DESIGNERS: Bryce Cutler (Scenery), Sylvianne Shurman and Emily Chalmers (Costumes), Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting), Daniel Lundberg (Sound)
FEATURING: Tim Creavin, Rachel Keller, Danielle Delgado, Paul Albe, and Steven Robertson
DRAMATURG: Olivia O'Connor
“This is a difficult play, but the director Benjamin Viertel, and his frequently nude cast seem more or less undaunted. Mr. Viertel has a lot of ideas - about lighting, music and performance space...Many of his choices are inventive and sophisticated...His enthusiasm and ingenuity are very much in evidence, and it will be exciting to see what he and his designers accomplish next."
-Alexis Soloski [The New York Times]
"The staging was very innovative, though it did feel deeply uncomfortable in a way, like the audience was a crowd of witnesses watching a mass murder or civil war, almost as if it was in a petri dish...the most disturbing thing I have ever seen in my entire life...the acting was very good too...truly stunning cast that put on a piece, while disturbing, is so impressive in its ability to go beyond any sort of traditional or passive experience."
-Lisa Markuson [Medium]
"The production itself, directed intelligently by Benjamin Viertel...the staging is precise, jumping from moment to moment without pause, and the performances remain engaging throughout. The moments that are designed to shock are generally successful, if slightly pre-ordained by the stage action that precedes them...the largest gasp was elicited when Olga actually lit her cigarette and took a drag...the real thing seemed somehow transgressive."
-Dan O'Neil [CultureBot]
Photo Credits: Bryce Cutler and Stephen Tonti