The Brick Theater to Welcome GOGOL ANNEX's ANTEBELLUM, 1/22-2/1
The Brick Theater, Inc. and GOGOL ANNEX present Antebellum, a portrait of the notorious and famed in pre-Civil War era New Orleans. The show runs January 22 - 25 at 9:30pm and January 29 - February 1 at 7:00pm at THE BRICK THEATER, 579 Metropolitan Ave | Brooklyn.
Illuminating the notion of fame and celebrity in the pre-Civil War era, Antebellum is a devised experimental theatre performance inspired by the real-life histories of three characters roaming in New Orleans in the mid-19th century. Antebellum presents three haunting and comedic portraits loosely inspired by the historical narratives of Bricktop (murderous prostitute and serial killer), The Colonel (notorious steamboat gambler), and The Nightingale (egomaniacal opera sensation commodified by P.T. Barnum).
In this vibrant performance, GOGOL ANNEX devises a bold theatrical form - part historical period drama, part choreographed performance art, and part experimental soundscape - to create a gripping tale that bring the character portraits to life. Antebellum fuses historical texts with songs and sounds from the period to take a fresh look at this potent and oft-overlooked moment of southern history. In November 2013, Antebellum was invited to premiere at the New Orleans Fringe Festival as a curated showcase performance.
Featuring Original Soundscape by Nathan Halpern (composer of Emmy and Peabody Award-winning 'Marina Abramovi?: The Artist Is Present' - HBO Films).
The cast: Nicole Kontolefa, Leah Loftin, and Taylor Sutherland.
Performances January 22, 23, 24, 25 at 9:30pm, January 29, 30, 31, February 1 at 7:00pm. All tickets: $18. Only at The Brick, 579 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn. All tickets available at www.bricktheater.com or by calling Ovation Tix at (866) 811-4111.
ABOUT GOGOL ANNEX - THEATRE PERFORMANCE INSTALLATIONS FROM NEW YORK CITY/TORONTO: The ensemble of performers behind GOGOL ANNEX, based in Brooklyn and Toronto, have been collaborating together for over 8 years with various companies in New York and Russia, primarily with Studio Six of the Moscow Art Theatre (NYC) and SounDrama (Moscow). Their work is devoted to experimental and expressionistic storytelling that integrates movement, music, and sound with original historical and literary adaptations.
The collaborators behind Antebellum recently completed an extended performance residency together in Russia, where they created an original, award-winning Russian-American production entitled Gorod.OK (History. A Town.) with Moscow's acclaimed theatre company SounDrama, directed by Vladimir Pankov. Fusing Washington Irving's A History of New York with Saltykov-Shchedrin's History of a Town, the play was an apocalyptic mash-up examining how governors abuse their citizens. The play was commissioned by and premiered at the Chekhov International Theatre Festival in Moscow, and was followed by a sold-out run at The Meyerhold Center and the Mossovet Theatre in Moscow, as well as performances at the 2012 International Experimental Theatre Festival in Chisinau, Moldova. Gorod.OK was named Moscow's 'Best Experimental Theatre Production' of 2012.
The performers behind GOGOL ANNEX have created a number of works involving adaptations of Gogol, Chekhov, Dostoevsky, and Bulgakov, in addition to original new works. GOGOL ANNEX is currently in development with several original works, including a new piece surrounding the diabolical social ambition and rebellion in the Gilded Age in New York City. www.gogolannex.com
ABOUT THE BRICK: The Brick is located at 575 Metropolitan Avenue (between Union Avenue and Lorimer Street) in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on the L & G subway lines (L: Lorimer stop; G: Metropolitan stop). For more detailed directions & further information, visit www.bricktheater.com. The Brick and its non-profit company, The Brick Theater, Inc. were founded in September of 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. Formerly an auto-body shop, a storage space and a yoga center, this brick- walled garage was completely refurbished into a state-of-the-art theater complex, with a large sprung floor and professional lighting and sound package.
Winner of THE 2009 CAFFE CINO FELLOWSHIP AWARD, The Brick is Williamsburg, Brooklyn's destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. Home to the critically acclaimed premieres of Bouffon Glass Menajoree (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Samuel & Alasdair: A Personal History of the Robot War (NY IT Award Winner-Outstanding Play), Craven Monkey and the Mountain of Fury (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Performance Art Production), Greed: A Musical Love $tory (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Musical), Red Cloud Rising, Theatre of the Arcade and Suspicious Package (NY IT Award Nominee-Outstanding Play), The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater's most innovative artists, including Annie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Banana Bag & Bodice, Thomas Bradshaw, and Jollyship the Whiz-Bang's Nick Jones. The Brick has also hosted The Iranian Theater Festival, The Comic Book Theater Festival, Fight Fest, Game Play: A Celebration of Video Game Theater, five years of the international NY Clown Theatre Festival, Gemini CollisionWorks' August repertory festival (The Collisionworks), The Too Soon Festival, The Antidepressant Festival, You're Welcome, Adventure Quest, The Nosemaker's Apprentice, The Protestants, The Granduncle Quadrilogy, Lord Oxford Presents the Second American Revolution, Live!, Third Lows' 2-year Penny Dreadful serial, Richard Foreman's Harry in Love, The Film Festival: A Theater Festival, Babylon Babylon, Notes from Underground, Bitch Macbeth, A Thought about Raya, World Gone Wrong, The Pretentious Festival (including Every Play Ever Written and Macbeth without Words), Strom Thurmond Is Not a Racist/Cleansed, The Death of Griffin Hunter, Untitled Theater Co. #61's Havel Festival, Sexadelic Cemetery, The Kung Fu Importance of Being Earnest, The $ellout Festival, Adventures of Caveman Robot, The Baby Jesus One-Act Jubilee, Memoirs of My Nervous Illness, The Moral Values Festival, World Gone Wrong, Tupperware Orgy, Bizarre Science Fantasy, Who Is Wilford Brimley? The Musical, Jenna is nuts, Habitat, In a Strange Room (based on William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying), Assurbanipal Babilla's Assyrian Monkey Fantasy and Stanislaw Witkiewicz's The Pragmatists.