New Stage Theatre Company brings its bold visual style and compelling absurdist/physical humor to "Electronic City" by Falk Richter.
NEW YORK -- New Stage Theatre Company (www.newstagetheatre.org) will bring its signature blend of inventive choreography and striking visual design to a modernist masterpiece of German theater with its production of "Electronic City" (2003) by Falk Richter, translated by Marlene J. Norst, adapted and directed by Ildiko Nemeth. Performances are April 12 to May 10 at The New Stage Performance Space, 36 West 106th Street (basement level).
"Electronic City" is the story of Tom and Joy, who seek belonging, connection, and meaning amid lives in which living is squeezed between long-distance travel, the buffeting of instant communication and the commercial pressures of their jobs. Tom, lost and confused, and Joy, paralyzed by the constant demands of her barcode scanning job, collide at an airport gate. The two are so fully, hypnotically, and unhappily controlled by devices, mass media, and the general speed of modern life that, though they seek each other throughout the play, their finding each other on the same small stage is far from guaranteed.
The production paints the isolation and alienation of our technology-driven, image-saturated culture with a dynamic mix of projections, music, movement, and Richter's compelling text. Filled with disembodied, Siri-like voices, scrolling trolling, vapid TV news-style soundbites and humor, the production emphasizes the stark emotional contrast between human need and robotic response.
Since its premiere in 2003, "Electronic City" has been translated into over 40 languages and performed around the world. In an era defined by social networks, smartphones, and heavily edited reality TV, "It's a plea for meaningful human interaction," says director Ildiko Nemeth. She has updated Richter's original text to reflect major technological changes in the intervening years—the Siri voice, for example, is an adjustment, "representing a new type of 'virtual goddess' ruling the system." "Electronic City" is directed by Ildiko Nemeth and performed by Beth Dodye Bass, Tatyana Kot, Bjorn Bolinder, Maciej Bartoszewski, Brandon Lee Olson (as Tom), Jeanne Lauren Smith (as Joy), Rikin Shah and Chris Tanner. Lighting design is by Federico Restrepo. Costume design is by Brandon Lee Olson. Projection design is by Eric Marciano and Hao Bai. Artwork is by Chris Sharp.
This program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
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Critics are invited on or after April 12. Opens April 26.
Photos are available for download at: https://photos.app.goo.gl/z4QBhCogKzEVaNr27
Photo attached: "Electronic City" by Falk RIchter, directed by Ildiko Nemeth, performed by New Stage Theatre Company at Theater for the New City, 2016. L-R: Brandon Olson, Beth Dodye Bass, Adam Boncz, Chris Tanner, Dana Boll, Sofia O.C. Photo by Lee Wexler/Images for Innovation.
Venue: The New Stage Performance Space
36 West 106th Street (basement), bet. Central Park West and Manhattan Ave. Map
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