EXTRAORDINARY EXTREMITIES to Open Off-Broadway at Soho Playhouse on 4/13
Soho Playhouse, the downtown Off-Broadway theatre located at 15 Vandam Street, will present the world premiere of EXTRAORDINARY EXTREMITIES with previews beginning April 4 prior to an official press opening of April 13 it has been announced by producer Darren Lee Cole.
EXTRAORDINARY EXTREMITIES was inspired by the NPR story on Hugh Herr; the biomedical engineer whose legs were amputated after a climbing accident and who now designs technologically advanced artificial limbs. Hugh himself has over twenty different pairs of feet, "I feel fortunate that I can always look forward to having better and better feet," he stated in his "Fresh Air" interview entitled "The Double Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs."
Written and directed by Renee Philippi with an original score by Lewis Flinn, EXTRAORDINARY EXTREMITIES is performed and designed by solo-performer and puppeteer, Carlo Adinolfi whom is accompanied on stage by live cellist Jeanette Stenson. It is a funny yet heart-breaking tale. Mr. Adinolfi's character, Geppetto (the puppeteer and puppet-maker), has recently lost his wife and performing partner, the other half of the "Mythic Puppet Theater," a company dedicated to adapting classic Greek myth. The play centers around Geppetto attempting to perform, solo for the first time, the couple's signature piece based on the grand love story of Perseus, who slays a sea monster to save his beloved Andromeda. As things begin to go awry he finds himself forced to create new scripts, ideas and even limbs. EXTRAORDINARY EXTREMITIES is a tale of resilience, adaptation and ingenuity all marshaled to face a world full of challenges and changes.