A towering figure on the New York alternative scene, the multiple-award-winning director, composer and playwright Richard Maxwell (b. 1967) makes his Greek debut with his most recent work.
(2015), which has received glowing reviews in the US and Europe, is part of a triptych inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy
Maxwell puts three archetypal American anti-heroes—a wrestler, his corrupt manager and a prostitute/barwoman—in a nowheresville dive bar, somewhere in the vastness of the American hinterland.
Maxwell dissects the existential journey of his three characters with clinical precision in the form of a contemporary elegy. Capturing the unexpected poetry of dive bar speech, he wrests indisputably authentic performances from his cast—because the celebrated New York City Players
bring the unfeigned theatricality of an unprecedented realism to their roles, which they perform on a cramped stage just a breath away from the audience to the accompaniment of a three-piece band.
As Maxwell sees it, salvation might actually lie in taking a long, hard look at the human condition, without sentimentality, castle-in-the-sky rhetoric or illusions. Which is precisely what this naked, infinitely honest theatre does.
Direction: Richard Maxwell
With: William Apps, Cammisa Buerhaus, Jim Fletcher
Musicians: James Moore, Andie Springer, David Zuckerman
Set and Lights: Sascha van Riel
Costumes: Kaye Voyce
Technical Director: Dirk Stevens
Special Effects: Bill Kennedy
Company Manager: Regina Vorria
Dramaturgy: Molly Grogan
Original Music by Richard Maxwell, arranged by the musicians
Translation into Greek: Giannis Kalifatidis
New York City Players staff:
Artistic Director: Richard Maxwell
Producer: Regina Vorria
Office Manager: Louris van de Geer
Graphics: Michael Schmelling
Interns: Andrew J Schlager
Thursday 24 November
After performance talk with Richard Maxwell
Chaired by Dr Katia Arfara, Artistic Director of the Theatre and Dance Department at the Onassis Cultural Centre
Sunday 27 November
27 Nov 2016
Cost: 12 €
Masterclass by Richard Maxwell
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