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Arguendo - 2013 - Off-Broadway

Last year, The Public Theater co-produced, to great acclaim, GATZ (a unique word-for-word staging of The Great Gatsby) created and performed by Elevator Repair Service (ERS), one of America's most acclaimed theater ensembles. This season, The Public reunites with ERS for a co-production of ARGUENDO, a playful riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In this provocative case, a group of exotic dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged a ban on public nudity. ERS stages the oral argument of the case verbatim with their signature theatricality, wit and physical precision. The production design features a breathtaking swirl of animated text projections by celebrated visual artist, Ben Rubin.

ARGUENDO is designed to be a thought-provoking piece of theater, and performances will often be followed by talkbacks with ERS Artistic Director John Collins, constitutional law scholars, and journalists who write about the court. These talkbacks will not only give audiences a chance to learn more about the history of the case but also give them a chance to participate in the discussion that the Court has begun.

Schedule

Running Time: 75 minutes

Public Theater [Luesther Hall]

(New York, NY)
425 Lafayette Street
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by Jennifer Broski - September 25, 2013
The Public Theater presents the world premiere of Elevator Repair Service's ARGUENDO, directed by John Collins. ARGUENDO began performances on Tuesday, September 10, and opened last night, September 24. BroadwayWorld brings you photos formt he big opening below!
by Michael Dale - September 24, 2013
Elevator Repair Service uses the text of a Supreme Court case regarding strip clubs and the First Amendment for a zany comedic rebellion.
by Nicole Rosky - September 12, 2013
The Public Theater presents the world premiere of Elevator Repair Service's ARGUENDO, directed by John Collins. The production, featuring Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Susie Sokol, and Ben Williams, will run through Sunday, October 6, with an official press opening on Tuesday, September 24. Check out a first look at the cast in action below!