A.R.T. & OBERON to Present the TEAM's ROOSEVELVIS
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) and OBERON are pleased to present the TEAM's RoosevElvis, created by Rachel Chavkin, Libby King, Jake Margolin, and Kristein Sieh with Matt Hubbs, Andrew Schneider, and Nick Vaughan, directed by Rachel Chavkin. The production runs May 6-29 at OBERON, 2 Arrow Street, Cambridge.
Performance dates and times are:
May 6-8, 10-14, 17-21, 24-28 at 7:30PM; May 8, 14,15, 21, 22, 28, 29 at 2PM; and May 18 at 11AM
Press opening: Sunday, May 8 at 2PM and 7:30PM. Invitations will be sent out in mid-April.
RoosevElvis ("Rose-of-Elvis") tells the story of Ann, a thirty-five year old meat-processing plant worker living in Rapid City, South Dakota. Painfully shy, Ann has recently begun to inhabit the character of Elvis Presley at home. In his skin, Ann begins to find the courage to open up to the world. Ann meets and sleeps with Brenda, a woman whose online dating profile lists taxidermy and Teddy Roosevelt among her interests. The two take a weekend camping trip to the Badlands, but it doesn't go well. Frustrated by Ann's passivity, Brenda leaves, prodding Ann to do something, like get in a car and drive to Elvis' house in Memphis. Ann begins a hallucinatory drive south, accompanied by the increasingly present and invasive spirits of Presley and Roosevelt (played by the actresses). As Graceland comes ever closer, these two icons of American masculinity battle for what type of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.
About the performers:
Libby King appeared for the TEAM in Mission Drift (Almeida/PS122/Culturgest/International Tour), Architecting (National Theatre of Scotland/PS122/International Tour), Particularly in the Heartland. Other theatre includes: The Laramie Project Cycle (BAM); 27 (Royal Lyceum/National Theatre Scotland); Death of a Salesman (Swine Palace/SITI Company).
Kristen Sieh (also Costume Designer) was seen at the A.R.T in Gatz (Elevator Repair Service) and Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Banana, Bag & Bodice). She is a founding member of the TEAM where she appeared in Particularly in the Heartland, Fortress of Solitude, February House (The Public Theater), Iphigenia in Aulis (Classic Stage), O, Earth (The Foundry), Twelfth Night (Pig Iron), The World is Round (BAM), etc. Regional/International credits include The Royal Court and The Barbican Centre in London, Long Wharf, Baltimore CenterStage, Denver Center, among others. She was seen on television in Boardwalk Empire, Orange is the New Black, The Blacklist, Law & Order.
About the Creative Team:
Rachel Chavkin (Director) is a director, writer, dramaturg, and founding Artistic Director of the TEAM, with whom she has co-authored and directed 9 works. She collaborates regularly with writers and composers on new work, including Dave Malloy's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova World Premiere, off-Broadway transfer, A.R.T., Broadway transfer upcoming; New York Times, Time Out NY, and NY Post Critics Pick), folksinger Anaïs Mitchell's Hadestown (NYTW, Spring 2016), Chris Thorpe's Confirmation (2014 Scotsman Fringe First, national and international tour), and Marco Ramirez's The Royale (Lincoln Center, Old Globe). 2010 and 2013 Obie Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel Nominations for Best Direction, and 2013 & 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award Nominee. Proud member of SDC.
Jake Margolin (Associate Director) For the TEAM: Waiting For You on the Corner of... (Sojourn Theatre/ Kansas City Rep); Mission Drift (Almeida/ PS122/Culturgest/International Tour); Architecting (National Theatre of Scotland/PS122/ international Tour); Particularly in the Heartland, Howl. For Faye Driscoll (visual design): Thank You For Coming: Attendance (Danspace/ICA Boston/International Tour). For Yoshiko Chuma: ?=. . . (LaMama Etc); POONARC (Danspace/Romanian tour). With Nick Vaughan: 50 States: Wyoming (Art League Houston), A Marriage: 2 (West-er) (Invisible Dog Art Center), A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia) (HERE/MCLA). 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship.
The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to making new work about the experience of living in America today. Described by The Guardian as "theatrical excavators of American culture, American dreams and the American psyche, understanding the intimate connection between past and present, celluloid and reality," the TEAM's work crashes history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment. They combine aggressive athleticism with emotional performances and intellectual rigor, keeping the brain, eyes, and heart of the audience constantly stimulated.
Founded in 2004, the TEAM has created and toured 9 works nationally and internationally. They are four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, 2011 Herald Angel, 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, Best Production Dublin Fringe 2007, and were nominated for a 2012 Drama League Award for Outstanding Musical. The TEAM was cited on "Best of 2013? lists on 3 continents, and is a recipient of the American Theatre Wing's 2014 National Theatre Company Grant.
The TEAM has performed all over New York, including the Public Theater, PS122, Vineyard Theatre, and Ohio Theatre; nationally, including Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; and internationally, including London's National Theatre, Royal Court Theatre, Barbican Centre, Almeida Theatre, and Battersea Arts Centre; Edinburgh's Traverse Theatre; Lisbon's Culturgest; the Salzburg Festival; the Perth International Arts Festival; and the Hong Kong Arts Festival.
The American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) at Harvard University is a leading force in the American theater, producing groundbreaking work in Cambridge and beyond. The A.R.T. was founded in 1980 by Robert Brustein, who served as Artistic Director until 2002, when he was succeeded by Robert Woodruff. Diane Paulus began her tenure as Artistic Director in 2008. Under the leadership of Paulus and Executive Director Diane Quinn, the A.R.T. seeks to expand the boundaries of theater by programming events that immerse audiences in transformative theatrical experiences.
Throughout its history, the A.R.T. has been honored with many distinguished awards, including the Tony Award for Best New Play for All the Way (2014); consecutive Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical for Pippin (2013) and The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (2012), both of which Paulus directed; a Pulitzer Prize; a Jujamcyn Prize for outstanding contribution to the development of creative talent; the Tony Award for Best Regional Theater; and numerous Elliot Norton and IRNE Awards.
The A.R.T. collaborates with artists around the world to develop and create work in new ways. It is currently engaged in a number of multi-year projects, including a new collaboration with Harvard's Center for the Environment that will result in the development of new work over several years. Under Paulus's leadership, the A.R.T.'s club theater, OBERON, has been an incubator for local and emerging artists and has attracted national attention for its innovative programming and business models.
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