The Public Extends ARGUENDO Through 10/27
The Public Theater (Artistic Director, Oskar Eustis; Executive Director, Patrick Willingham) announced a second two-week extension for the critically acclaimed world premiere of Elevator Repair Service's ARGUENDO, directed by John Collins. ARGUENDO began performances on Tuesday, September 10, and was originally extended through October 13. The show officially opened on Tuesday, September 24, and will now run an additional two weeks through Sunday, October 27.
Single tickets, starting at $66.50, can be purchased by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at Astor Place at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drink, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe's Pub continues to offer some of the best music in the city.
"Cool, Obsessive genius! Wittily inventive - ARGUENDO is one of those shows that keeps growing richer and more insightful in the remembrance. Count me in if Elevator Repair Service decides to take on the phone book as its next project." - The New York Times
Last year, The Public Theater co-produced, to great acclaim, Gatz (a unique word-for-word staging of The Great Gatsby) created and performed by Elevator Repair Service (ERS), one of America's most acclaimed theater ensembles. This season, The Public reunites with ERS for a co-production of ARGUENDO, a playful riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In this provocative case, a group of exotic dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged a ban on public nudity. ERS stages the oral argument of the case verbatim with their signature theatricality, wit and physical precision. The production design features a breathtaking swirl of animated text projections by celebrated visual artist, Ben Rubin who designed The Public's Shakespeare Machine.
ARGUENDO is designed to be a thought-provoking piece of theater. Performance on Wednesdays and Sundays will be followed by talkbacks with ERS Artistic Director John Collins, and constitutional law scholars and journalists who write about the Court. These talkbacks not only give audiences a chance to learn more about the history of the case, they will give them a chance to participate themselves, in the discussion that the Court itself has begun.
ARGUENDO was co-commissioned by The Public Theater; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage; and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. Development support provided by the Vineyard Arts Project. Elevator Repair Service (elevator.org) creates original works, with a consistent ensemble, that explore and challenge the fundamentals of live performance.
John Collins (Director) founded Elevator Repair Service in 1991. Since then, he has directed or co-directed all of the company's productions. Collins is the recipient of a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship in Drama and Performance Art and a 2011 United States Artists Donnelley Fellowship. In 2010, Collins received the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Director and the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director for ERS's production of Gatz. Recent ERS projects include The Select (The Sun Also Rises) at New York Theatre Workshop andFondly, Collette Richland preview performances at the Walker Art Center. His writing about theater and sound design can be found in the recently published Theatre Noise: The Sound of Performance (Cambridge Scholars, 2011) and the upcoming Encountering Ensemble(Methuen Drama, 2013). He holds a combined degree in English Literature and Theater Studies from Yale.