Concrete Timbre, Inc. Presents The World Premiere Concert Production Of 1776, A FRESH START
Concrete Timbre announces 1776, A Fresh Start, a theatrical concert production based on thee short story 1776 by Leland Cheuk (Thought Catalog Books, 2016) and adapted for the stage by Nancy Greening. Original music is composed by Whitney George, Stephanie Greig, Jinhee Han, and Ann Warren. 1776, A Fresh Start is directed by Polina Ionina and Weronika Wozniak, and choreographed by Johari Mayfield. 1776, A Fresh Start will play a limited engagement at the Old Stone House in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn (336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY). Performances are on Friday August 24 and Saturday August 25 at 8:00 pm.
1776, A Fresh Start transports us to a future world, distilled down to the skyscraper headquarters of Globe, Inc., located on a man-made island off the coast of Singapore. It contains a contemporary music score, dramatic text, dance/movement, sounds, and projections. The year is 2075. We catch glimpses of a future revealing the ramifications of an American firm that sells out to the highest bidder. Jerry, a middle-aged, everyman anti-hero, toils as a memory-erased janitor (rehabilitation for a crime he can't remember) striving to excel. So depersonalized, he is denied even reflective surfaces. Jerry searches for reason pushing his sloshing mop-cart throughout a tower where power is wielded to an extent that defies the laws of physics. We experience Jerry's existence through the clamor of sounds, sights, movements, and rhythms that embolden him to fulfill his destiny. As 2076 arrives, American workers plan a rebellion. Jerry makes a fateful decision amidst the wild and vulgar characters aiming to exploit him. Through Jerry's rumination, we are transported to a world where America has lost its ascendance to Russia, India, and China, with global capitalism gone feral.
The story covers themes of despair, determination, hope, and finding a way to rise from the ashes. Now in 2018, the dystopian future seems more relevant than ever with the recent escalation of images from the present news. 1776, A Fresh Start features live contemporary classical music with electronics, dramatic text, as well as movement, dance, and visual projections.
1776, A Fresh Start features performances by musicians: Jasper Davis (Bass Trombone), Rose Kow Xiu Yi (Violin), Sindy Yang (Piano); and an ensemble cast including: Rand Faris, David Glover, Will Hand along with dancer Johari Mayfield. The projections are created by Robert Morton with lighting design by Kryssy Wright.
All tickets are $15 in advance at brownpapertickets.com and $20 at the door (cash only).
Running Time: approximately 75 minutes, no intermission
Concrete Timbre (founded 1999) is a composer-driven performance collective. The foundation of our art is to add bold interdisciplinary performances to the contemporary music canon by creating opportunities for composers to work in multidisciplinary settings that often defy categorization. www.ConcreteTimbre.com
1776, A Fresh Start is performed as part of a series of events and activities commemorating the opening chapter in America's drive for independence, marking the 242nd anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn. See more information at: Old Stone House.