Performance Space 122 Presents Reid Farrington's GIN & IT 4/24-5/9
Reid Farrington returns to Performance Space 122 with Gin & "It." His principle source is Alfred Hitchcock's film Rope, a film based the Leopold and Loeb murder. As he did with THE PASSION PROJECT, Farrington collaborates with film historians and archivists to bring a classic film to life on stage with his own boundary-pushing melding of video and live drama.
Hitchcock's Rope provides Farrington a spectrum of technical feats to mirror: Shot in luridly saturated color, the film translates the compressed drama of a one-act, one-set play to the big screen by appearing to be shot in one uninterrupted take. To achieve this film illusion (the first time this had ever been attempted), Hitchcock had to construct a set with moveable walls and intricately choreograph a large team of technicians to move the walls and props as well as shift the bulky color cameras and equipment within the tight quarters of the apartment set. Rope's cast complained that Hitch spent far more time orchestrating these behind-the-scenes moves than he did rehearsing with the actors.
Farrington explores the making of Hitchcock's technical tour-de-force and pulls the audience into the intrigue, suspense and (often blatant) incompetence of this "perfect crime." His cast of four brings the (often unacknowledged) technical crew to the forefront in a precisely choreographed "technical ballet." These actors also simultaneously represent Rope's main characters as hybrid filmic/human presences-blurring the lines between the roles of the technicians and the actors' characters.
Reid Farrington made his directorial debut with critically acclaimed THE PASSION PROJECT. Performance Space 122 presented the NY Premiere of his breakout venture in September 2008. Farrington has designed video and created hardware and software systems for the playback of video and sound for The Wooster Group's To You the Birdie!, Brace Up!, Poor Theater, House/Lights, WHO'S YOUR DADA, and Hamlet. He has toured productions to Moscow, Paris, Berlin, Istanbul, Amsterdam, Melbourne, Brussels, and Athens. He has edited and authored interactive DVDs of The Wooster Group's performances, Brace Up! and House/Lights. In addition to being a video artist, he is a director, set, light, and costume designer for various theater and dance companies in NYC.
Creative Director: Reid Farrington Performers: Karl Allen, Keith Foster, Christopher Loar, Tim McDonough Lead Editor: Paulina Jurzec Set: Art Domantay Costumers: Erin Elizabeth Murphy Lights: Christopher Heilman Sound: Connor Kalista Stage Manager: Julia Funk Dramaturgy: Peter C. von Salis Script Supervisor: Sara Jeanne Asselin Fight Choreography: Carrie Brewer Research Assistant: Sarah Doyle Best Boy Editor: Thomas Gonzalez Editors: Celina Alarado, Jeanne Angel, Patrick Grizzard, Xue Hou, Connor Kalista, Alex Kowal, Zak Loyd, Chris Martinez, Luisa Morales, Vanessa Riegel, Matthew Swenson, Masha Vlasova, Hannah WasileskiGin & "It" is co-produced by the Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University, Performance Space 122 and 3LD Art & Technology Center. It was developed through the creative residency programs at 3LD Art & Technology Center, Eyebeam Art and Technology Center, and Wexner Center for the Arts. Reid Farrington is the recepient of the 2010 Wexner Center Residency Award. He is also 2009 fellow in Digital/ Arts from the New York Foundation for the Arts. Gin & "It" has also received generous support from New York State Council on the Arts, The Greenwall Foundation, and the Experimental Television Center, and a Commission Grant from the Jerome Foundation. Research made possible by Sandra Joy Lee, Director of Warner Bros. Archives at The University of Southern California.
In January 2010, as a work in progress, Gin &"It" was co-presented as part of COIL 2010 with Under the Radar in association with 3LD Art & Technology Center. The World Premiere was presented by the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio in March 2010.
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Gin & "It" will be performed Saturday, April 24 - Sunday, May 9 on the following schedule. Wednesday - Saturday at 8PM, Sunday at 6PM, Late Shows at 10:30PM: Saturdays, May 1 & 8. Running time: 60 minutes.
Thursday Night Social: April 29 with complimentary refreshments after the show.
Tickets: $20 and $15 (students/seniors). Tickets and PS122 Passports are now on sale and available at www.ps122.org by calling TheaterMania at 212-352-3101, and at the Box Office in Performance Space 122. Note: The PS122 Passport is a bundle of 5 tickets for only $55 that can be used in ANY combination to the Spring 2010 season performances.
Performance Space 122 is located at 150 First Avenue @ E. 9th Street, NY, NY 10009