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MEMORIAM at FringeNYC this August

"The whole point of the New York International Fringe Festival ... is to hear new voices, to tune in to new perspectives, to go on journeys you never expected to go on. West Lethargy, written and directed by Stephen Kaliski...exemplifies all of this."- Martin Denton, (on West Lethargy 2009)

Hypnic Theatre Company in association with Adjusted Realists is proud to present Memoriam: After Euripides' Alcestis at the 2016 New York International Fringe Festival. Written by FringeNYC alum Stephen Kaliski (Gluten!, West Lethargy) and directed by Elizabeth Ostler, Memoriam is a timely and singular odyssey through the politics of identity, feminism, and isolation.

It's one of our eternally futile longings: to bring the love of your life back from the dead. But what if the impossible were actually possible? What if the ultimate miracle happened? What if, laws of the cosmos be damned, she really came back?

Such is the case in Memoriam, an inventive, multidisciplinary snapshot of the aftermath of a miracle. Inspired by an ancient Greek myth and millennia of wishful thinking, Kaliski reunites a dead queen with her grieving king and then asks, "Is she really back?" What follows is a whirling journey through the looking glass of loss, memory, and the uncertain ownership we have over our own lives.

Memoriam stars Fito Alvarado, Benjamin Bercot, Bryce Crumlish, Katherine Farrell, Jeremiah Maestas*, Matthew Mastromatteo, Lizzie Thompson, Kenny Wang, and Ioanna Zafiropoulos. Costume design is by Marisa Kaugars, lighting design is by Alex deNevers, sound design and musical composition is by Steve Smith, and scenic design is by Ann Beyersdorfer.

This world premiere of Memoriam will be co-produced by Hypnic Theatre Company and Adjusted Realists, recipients of a 2016 Off Broadway Angels grant and creators of Gluten! at 59E59 Theaters and the acclaimed revival of Nicky Silver's Pterodactyls, "the best AIDS play of its time" (New York Theatre Review).

*Member Actors' Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.

MEMORIAM: After Euripides' Alcestis by Stephen Kaliski
FringeNYC 2016

Sunday, August 14 at 5:30 pm

Friday, August 19 at 2:00pm

Saturday, August 20 at 9:45pm

Tuesday, August 23 at 7:00pm

Saturday, August 27 at 4:15pm

Tickets can be purchased online at

Photo credit: Bryce Crumlish

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