Built for Collapse Presents NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR at HERE Arts Center, 9/20-10/6

August 23
8:09 PM 2012

Built for Collapse Presents NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR at HERE Arts Center, 9/20-10/6

Following a critically acclaimed Eastern European tour, Built for Collapse (built4collapse.org) returns to New York with its award-winning, physically charged production. Witness the fall of the American Empire in this "extraordinary tale of victory, hypocrisy and ignorance" (NYTheatre.com). NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR runs Thursday, September 20 through Saturday, October 6 at HERE. The official press night is scheduled for Monday, September 24. (Watch a trailer for the show below!)

In this spectacular multi-media investigation of America in the Atomic Age, unnerving images, vibrant rhythms, disturbing text, and violent slapstick collide to create an erotic pop culture explosion. Focusing on the period of 1941-1969, Nuclear Love Affair traces America's obsession with violence through the social and political chain reaction caused by dropping of the atomic bomb. Featuring Elvis Presley dancing through Vietnam, Charlie Chaplin at Hiroshima, Lucille Ball doing a commercial for an electric chair, and Marilyn Monroe teaching us all how to "Duck and Cover," Nuclear Love Affair presents a harsh and hysterical vision of a world gone wrong.

Nuclear Love Affair is directed by Sanaz Ghajarrahimi and features Emily Brazee, Matthew Helm, Ben Hobbs, Vincent Santvoord, Will Seefried*, Maggie Thompson and Nicole Weiss. The production includes media design by Room 404 Media, costume design by Michael Krass, production and lighting design by Dan Stearns, and sound design by Colleen Toole. *Member of Actors Equity. Equity Approved Showcase.

At times an erotic opera, at times a freakish and violent circus, Built for Collapse has been described as a subversive and "creative new approach to theatre." Through an ever-evolving process, work is created that pushes the limits of theater and dance. Built for Collapse is the recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Lab Grant, the Tank Space Grant and the Hangar Theater Summer Residency. Winner of the 2012 Prague Fringe Festival 'Inspiration Award' for Best New Work.

SANAZ GHAJARRAHIMI (Writer, Director) is an Iranian-American director, writer and choreographer. She is the recipient of grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Selected directing credits: NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR (HERE Arts, Prague Fringe Festival, Ars Nova, Theater for the New City); KILL TO EAT by Caridad Svich (Hangar Theatre); HAMLET (Galapagos Art Space, Grace Exhibition Space); MELANCHOLY PLAY by Sarah Ruhl (Robert Moss Theater); HOUSE (Brooklyn Lyceum); ORPHEUS AND THE PLASTIC MASQUERADE (Galapagos Art Space); ROMEO AND JULIET (Access Theater); THE ELEPHANT MAN by Bernard Pomerance (Wings Theatre); and JET OF BLOOD by Antonin Artaud. Recent Assistant Credits: PRIMA DONNA by Rufus Wainwright directed by Daniel Kramer (Manchester International Festival) and MAP OF THE WORLD directed by Bob Moss. Sanaz is a Drama League Fellow and holds a BFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Ben Hobbs (Writer, Performer) is a performer, writer, choreographer and visual artist. Currently a cast member of the Off-Broadway hit FUERZABRUTA. Other selected performance, writing and choreography credits: NUCLEAR LOVE AFFAIR (HERE Arts, Prague Fringe Festival, Ars Nova) ORPHEUS AND THE PLASTIC MASQUERADE (Galapagos Art Space); a re-imagined HAMLET (Galapagos Art Space, Grace Exhibition Space); a musical adaptation of ROMEO AND JULIET (Access Theater), WE WALK, WE STOP (site-specific piece sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council), LYNN BARR DANCE THEATRE (Judson Church, Kaatsbaan); THE ELEPHANT MAN (The Wings Theatre). He holds a BFA in Drama from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, with a minor in Art History. He studied Chinese Opera at the Shanghai Theater Academy and Dance at Point Park University.

Adam Cochran (Music Composition) is a Drama Desk-nominated (2010 Outstanding Music in a Play for NAATCO's A PLAY ON WAR) composer/performance artist and a graduate of NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. Company member: Built for Collapse, Theater Mitu, Te Ilum Theatre & Arts. Composer: HAMLET, Romeo & Juliet, ORPHEUS & THE PLASTIC MASQUERADE, A PLAY ON WAR, THE DUMB WAITER. Recent performance credits: MINQ VAADKA'S NARCISCHISM: UN CABARET D'ADIEU, Red Bull's reading of VOLPONE, Todd Almond's WYOMING & PARTS OF KANSAS, THE INFERNAL MACHINE. As Minq Vaadka: gigs at Joe's Pub, Mercury Lounge and others, two albums: The Plastic Masquerade and Minq Vaadka Will Take Your Elektro- Küsse in Queens, Please. www.minqvaadka.com. Upcoming projects include a new Minq Vaadka album, a collection of music videos, and an original opera with Built for Collapse based on the life of Walter Freeman.

Michael Krass (Costume Design) Broadway: THE LYONS; AFTER MISS JULIE; 2006 Tony Award nomination for THE CONSTANT WIFE; TWELVE ANGRY MEN; 'NIGHT MOTHER; RECKLESS; AFTER THE FALL; HEDDA GABLER; THE LION IN WINTER; YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN; THE REHEARSAL (Drama Desk nomination); A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE (1997 Revival), more. Off-Broadway: THE NEW YORK IDEA (Atlantic Theater); THE LANGUAGE ARCHIVE (Roundabout Theatre); SHIPWRECKED (Primary Stages); DISTRACTED (Roundabout Theatre); MACBETH (Public/Delacorte); SLOANE; WOMEN ON FIRE; LOBBY HERO; THIS IS OUR YOUTH; FULL GALLOP; DRIVING MISS DAISY among many others. National Tours: ANGELS IN AMERICA; TWELVE ANGRY MEN; DRIVING MISS DAISY. Regional: Nine seasons at Williamstown; ten at the Hangar Theatre; Old Globe, Chicago Shakespeare (two Jefferson nominations), Arena Stage, McCarter, Guthrie, etc. Film: Campbell Scott's HAMLET.

Nuclear Love Affair runs September 20 – October 6 with performances Thursday through Monday at 7pm and Saturday matinees at 2pm. Tickets are $15.00 G.A., $10 Students. For tickets & information visit here.org or call 212.352.3101. HERE is located at 145 6th Avenue (enter on Dominick, 1 block south of Spring).

Watch a trailer for the show below!

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