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Multimedia Mystery 'Rus' Plays HERE Arts Center, Feb. 16-24

The OBIE award-winning HERE Arts Center will present a workshop staging of Rus, with text and video design by James Scruggs, directed/choreographed by Kristin Marting. Rus is set to play Friday, February 16 – Saturday, February 24 at HERE Arts Center. 

"From the creators of Disposable Men comes Rus, an intimate multimedia  psychosexual murder mystery. Lost in a labyrinth of repeating memories, and trapped in a failing marriage, Rus, an African American man, yearns to feel something new, full and real. But when a car accident connects Rus to Sonny, a gay hustler, he descends into a world of sex, drugs and violence, inevitably leading him down the path to destruction. When Sonny turns up dead, Rus becomes the prime target of a police investigation…but is he a murderer?" 
"Using innovative technology, including movement projections and experimental "video puppets," Rus draws audiences into a seemingly surreal underworld without the use of sets or props. With salsa and tango-inspired movement and original music, Rus recreates the seedy reality that lies just beneath our everyday lives. Told through a non-linear story structure, fragmented memories piece together the stories of characters that have grown numb and are willing to go to extremes to feel again," press notes state. 
Rus features performances by Marc Bovino, Albert Christmas, Todd D'Amour, Daphne Gaines and Dax Valdes with music by Steve Adorno, lights by Chris Brown , media effects by Hal Eagar and fight choreography by Qui Nguyen. 
James Scruggs and Kristin Marting most recently collaborated on the solo multimedia work Disposable Men, written and performed by Scruggs with direction by Marting. The production played at HERE in 2005, and due to popular demand, enjoyed an encore run, winning a 2005 New York Innovative Theatre Award. Disposable Men will soon tour to 7 Stages (Atlanta, March 22 -25, 2007); Perishable Theatre (Providence, March 26-April 1, 2007); New World Theater (Amherst, MA, April 23- 29, 2007). 
The workshop staging of Rus will play Friday, February 16 – Saturday, February 24 (NOTE: There will be NO performance on Tuesday, February 20) at HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Avenue, one block below Spring Street). All performances are @ 8:30 PM. Regular tickets are $15.00 and donor tickets are $10.00. Tickets can be purchased at, by calling (212) 352-3101 or at the HERE Box Office (4 PM until curtain on performance days). 
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