Daniel Fish to Premiere ETERNAL at Incubator Arts Project, 10/8-20
Building upon his 2010 production, Tom Ryan THINKS HE'S James Mason STARRING IN A MOVIE BY Nicholas Ray...Daniel Fish reunites with actors Christina Rouner and Thomas Jay Ryan on a new work that fuses theater, cinema, and environmental installation. ETERNAL is Fish's most conceptually ambitious production to date. In August, Fish assembled a film crew to shoot Ryan and Rouner performing the final scene of the 2004 film ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND in a continuous loop for two hours - the only constraint: that they must keep going, no matter what happens. The unedited two channel video of their performance will be projected on screens that face each other from across the space. The audience sits between the lovers.
For roughly the last twenty years, Daniel Fish has been making innovative, dazzlingly weird work for theater, opera and more recently, film. His heterodox theatrical vision traffics in the unlikeliest of aesthetic combinations - revolutionizing revered dramatic classics (Shakespeare, Moliere, Odets, Benjamin Britten, Rodgers and Hammerstein) through radically, disorientingly experimental stagings, or else finding theater where none was intended, as in the labyrinthine writings of the late David Foster Wallace with A (radically condensed and expanded) SUPPOSEDLY FUN THING I'LL NEVER DO AGAIN (The Chocolate Factory and ArtsEmerson's TNT Festival) and Jonathan Franzen with HOUSE FOR SALE. Fish's work is at once conceptually rigorous and theatrically lavish, and it is this rare conjunction that gives his work its singular flavor.
He received his BS in 1989 from the department of Performance Studies at Northwestern University, where he was exposed to many diverse ways of making live performance. He began a freelance career directing innovative and modern productions of classical plays at theaters in the U.S. and abroad including The McCarter Theatre (HAMLET), Yale Repertory Theatre (TARTUFFE), Classic Stage Company, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the California Shakespeare Theater. This led to work on contemporary language driven plays, such as the 2001 premiere of Charles Mee's TRUE LOVE at The Zipper Theater, Joanna Lauren's POOR BECK at the Royal Shakespeare Company, and the 2008 premiere of Mee's PARADISE PARK at Signature Theater and Sheila Callaghan's WE ARE NOT THESE HANDS at the Düsseldorfer Shauspielhaus. In January 2011, his stage version of the film Bigger Than Life,Tom Ryan THINKS HE'S James Mason STARRING IN A MOVIE BY Nicholas Ray..., premiered at the Incubator Arts Project and was named one of Time Out New York's top 10 shows of 2011. Also in 2011, Fish completed work on his first film, THE DOLLAR GENERAL.
Fish has taught directing, design and performance at The Yale School of Drama, Juilliard, NYU Tisch School of Arts, Princeton University, University of California San Diego, and Bard College. Residencies and commissions include Baryshnikov Arts Center, LMCC on Governor's Island, The Chocolate Factory, The Bushwick Starr, and Incubator Arts Project.
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Tickets can be purchased in advance at incubatorarts.org or by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101. Incubator Arts Project (located inside St. Mark's Church) • 131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Ave.) • L to First or Third Ave; R, W to Broadway/8th St.; 6 to Astor Place; N,Q, 4, 5 to Union Sq.