Dangerous Ground Presents 'Last Tango in Paris'

By: Jul. 14, 2008

Dangerous Ground Productions proudly presents LAST TANGO IN PARIS, a world premiere all-new multi-media adaptation of the iconic 1973 Bernardo Bertolucci film, adapted, conceived and directed by Doris Mirescu. The show begins performances on Friday, August 22nd at 8PM at the Paradise Factory (64 East 4th Street), and will play through Saturday, September 6th. The show will play performances Tuesday-Saturday at 8PM.  Tickets for all shows are $15 General and $10 for students.  

Presented as a multi-media theater piece, Director Mirescu has taken this classic story and made it one of timeless relevance and post-modern significance. Described by the director as "drop by drop sorrow, loneliness and despair pass through the dark empty room where flesh bleeds, sex exudes beauty and sweat and ghosts of the past wander through images of distorted bodies." Mirescu goes on to say, "Many will recall the Marlon Brando film version. This adaptation captures much of the core of that movie's very abyss, in stunning portrayals by startling and courageous young actors, surrounded by live cameras, creating a sexual tragedy haunted by sounds of lost tangos and shadow of myths."  

The cast includes: Kira Davies, Patrick Flynn, Angelica Pasquini and William P. Smith. The entire cast also appeared in the recent production of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theater.  

DORIS MIRESCU (Director) is a Romanian born freelance director and writer, and the founder of New York-based theater company Dangerous Ground Productions. Most recent productions include her adaptation of Beware of A Holy Whore at the Visual Arts Theatre, and Madness of Day by Maurice Blanchot and Neil LaBute's The Distance from Here, both at Tom Noonan's Paradise Factory in New York. She directed the American Premiere of Paul Solomon's Aching To Go Home at the Epic Center Theatre (Kalamazoo, Michigan) and Battle of Black and Dogs by Bernard-Marie Koltès as part of Koltès New York 2003, a festival which she also produced (Ohio Theater, New York). Additional credits include Story of Rats, her adaptation of works by French writer Georges Bataille (Chashama, New York) and the European Premiere of Les Nuits Sans Lune by French playwright Véronique Olmi (Parc de La Villette, Paris). New York credits include: Silence of Snow (Soho Rep), Seneca's Trojan Women, Cocteau's The Handsome Hunk and Juliet Montage, a one-woman show based on Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (all at the Shapiro Theatre). Ms. Mirescu was three times the recipient of Etant Donnés, the French-American Fund for the Performing Arts. She holds a Summa Cum Laude Master of Arts in French Literature from Paris-IV Sorbonne as well as an MFA in Theatre Directing from Columbia University. She is an alumna of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She is at present teaching acting and directing at The School of Visual Arts. Ms. Mirescu is currently working on Force of Evil, a piece organized around the tropes and obsessions of film noir, which will be performed in the fall of 2008.

Chris NewMAN (Producer and Technical Supervisor) recently collaborated with Doris Mirescu on Beware of A Holy Whore and is credited in over eighty films as a production sound mixer. Some of those films include Tender Mercies, The World According to Garp, Philadelphia, Sophie's Choice, and Klute. He has been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including his work on The Godfather, The French Connection, Chorus Line, Fame and Silence of the Lambs. Mr. Newman has won three Oscars for The Exorcist, Amadeus, and The English Patient.  

Additional production credits include: Live Cameras by: Richard Gartrelll and Patrick Flynn; Live music by Michael Attias; Production Design by: Keri Moskowitz; Sound by: Cory Alllen; Video Consultant: Joe Trammell; and Assistant to the director: Barbara Karney.  
LAST TANGO IN PARIS, an adaptation of Bernardo Bertolucci's film, plays TUES-SAT at 8:00PM, at Paradise Factory, 64 East 4th Street (between Bowery & 2nd Avenue) All Tickets are $15 / Students $10, Tickets and Information available by calling (212) 724-5004, and via email at do@dangerousgroundproductions.