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The Team Presents 'Architecting' 5/14-18

 Two-time winners of the Edinburgh Fringe First Award, The TEAM (Particularly in the Heartland ) presents its newest work-in-process ARCHITECTING at Manhattan's 3LD Art and Technology Center. Workshop performances of this new American saga for the 21st century will be presenTed May 14 - 18. Written in collaboration with Davey Anderson, Dave Polato, Lucy Kendrick Smith and Nathan Wright, ARCHITECTING is co-produced by The National Theatre of Scotland Workshop (Blackwatch at St. Ann's) and is scheduled to premiere at the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Told in four chapters, ARCHITECTING weaves through this nation's past and future to create a requiem for modern America. This multimedia time-bending epic about the reconstruction of nations and selves begins with Henry Adams, the brilliant, narcissistic and hysterical scion of two Presidents. Equipped with an 18th century education, Adams awakens to find himself required to play the game of the twentieth century.  We then travel to Margaret Mitchell's Atlanta, and the landscape of her sweeping and politically alarming novel Gone With the Wind.  A road-trip taken by the two loneliest people in Arkansas transports us to the Miss Scarlett O'Hara pageant, where worlds collide in an explosion of history and guilt. When the smoke clears, we are in the future: a young messianic architect, trailed by a boy with a Dr. Pepper, envisions a new American cathedral…

The TEAM (Theatre of the Emerging American Moment) is dedicated to dissecting and celebrating the experience of living in America today. The Company combines existing texts, images from visual art and film, and  research with original writing and staging. The work combines aggressive athleticism with delicate examinations of the social and political factors shaping our world today. The TEAM's Particularly in the Heartland sold-out last spring at PS 122 and a return engagement in January. It was picked by Time Out New York as part of Top Ten
Theater 2007 and was awarded both the 2006 Edinburgh Fringe First Award and a 2007 Best Production at Dublin Fringe. Their productions
include Faster, Give Up! Start Over! and  A Thousand Natural Shocks. For more information, visit www.theteamplays.org.

Architecting  is directed by Rachel Chavkin, Artistic Director of The TEAM, whose recent collaborations with writer/composer/performer Taylor Mac have been seen at HERE Art Center, and who directed Chekhov's Uncle Vanya at Classic Stage Company last summer. It features Kristen Sieh (Particularly in the Heartland, St. Joan of the Stockyards), Jessica Almasy (Noise opposite Tim Robbins), Frank Boyd, Jill Frutkin, Libby King, and Jake Margolin.  Costumes and set are designed by Nick Vaughan (associate designer on Paradise Park at Signature); video design by Brian Scott (Dead Man's Cellphone); sound design by Matt Hubbs (100 Saints You Should Know also at Playwrights Horizons, and lighting design by Jake Heinrichs.

3LD Art & Technology Center creates and supports challenging large-scale art within a financially sustainable environment.  Our goals are to create viable growth oriented business models for experimental art production, revitalize the experimental tradition in New York by improving the working conditions and quality of production, and foster a community of artists who work cooperatively and aggressively to address their own barriers.  In order to achieve these goals, we create, re-distribute and re-imagine resources that drive core cost reduction while increasing capacity and revenue.  For more information, visit www.3ldnyc.org.

ARCHITECTING runs May 14 -18 at 8pm.  3LD Art & Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street (at Rector Street -- accessible from the 1 train at Rector Street). Tickets are  $15 available at 212-352-3101 or www.3LDNYC.org.


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