Theatre of War's (FLYING) DUTCHMAN to Play The Tank
The Tank (Meghan Finn and Rosalind Grush, Artistic Directors) will present Theatre of War's experimental reconstruction of Amiri Baraka's (Flying) Dutchman, directed by Christopher Stevenson at The Tank (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues) February 9-24. Performances will be Friday, February 9 at 7pm, Saturday, February 10 at 7pm, Thursday, February 15 at 7pm, Friday, February 16 at 7pm, Saturday, February 16 at 7pm, Wednesday, February 21 at 7pm, Thursday, February 22 at 7pm, Friday, February 23 at 7pm, and Saturday, February 24 at 7pm. Tickets ($25/$15 students & seniors) are available for advance purchase at www.thetanknyc.org. The performance will run approximately 45 minutes, with no intermission.
Amiri Baraka's 1964 text serves as foundation for a timely reconstruction examining eloquent blind fury, racial hysteria, sexual hysteria, and white obsession with silencing the black voice/body. (Flying) Dutchman is part ceremony, townhall meeting, racial debate, hypnosis session, and rite created to navigate the haunted outer reaches of the human psyche. And to conjure up Baraka himself for marching orders, words of wisdom, our final wake up call. Join Theatre Of War as we wipe away the dust from this artifact of a play, hoping it will serve as talisman and compass in these abnormal times.
(Flying) Dutchman will feature Malcolm B. Hines and Jonathan Schenk with Additional Text from Les Negres, Clownerie by Jean Genet, Sound Design by Christopher-Rashee Stevenson, and Dramaturgy by Genee Alyse Coreno.
Christopher-Rashee Stevenson (Director) is a freelance writer-director originally from Baltimore. His work as both performer and director has been featured between New York and Maryland at venues such as the Eubie Blake Jazz Institute, JACK, Millennium Film Workshop, HERE, Ensemble Studio Theater, The Brick, Bushwick Starr, BAX, The Performing Garage, University Settlement, The Actors' Studio, New Perspectives, and as part of Lincoln Center's Big Umbrella Festival this spring.
The Tank is a non-profit arts presenter serving emerging artists engaged in the pursuit of new ideas and forms of expression. We serve over 1,000 artists every year in over 400 performances, and work across all disciplines, including theater, comedy, dance, film, music, public affairs, and storytelling. Our goal is to foster an environment of inclusiveness and remove the burden of cost from the creation of new work for artists launching their careers and experimenting within their art form. The heart of our services is providing free performance space in our 98 seat proscenium and 56 seat blackbox that we operate in Manhattan, and we also offer a suite of other services such as free rehearsal space, promotional support, artist fees, and much more. We keep ticket prices affordable and view our work as democratic, opening up both the creation and attendance of the arts to all. Since its founding in 2003, artists who have come through The Tank include Alex Timbers, Amy Herzog, Lucy Alibar, Mike Daisey, Reggie Watts, Kyle Abraham, Andrew Bujalski, We Are Scientists, and tens of thousands of others. www.thetanknyc.org
Photo: Malcolm B. Hines & Jonathan Schenk Photo credit: Thomas Kavanagh