Antigone and bobrauschenbergamerica on SITI Company Bill

News   Antigone and bobrauschenbergamerica on SITI Company Bill The world premiere of Jocelyn Clarke's adaptation of Antigone will launch the 2009-2010 season of SITI Company, stewarded by Anne Bogart, at the Dance Theater Workshop.

The company has also announced a revival of Charles L. Mee's bobrauschenbergamerica as well as a special series of Monday-night panel discussions featuring those who have contributed to the seven-time Obie-winning company known for its groundbreaking productions.

Bogart will direct Clarke's adaptation of Sophocles' Antigone, which launches the season Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Cast members include Akiko Aizawa (Ismene), Will Bond (Chorus), Barney O’Hanlon (Guard), Leon Ingulsrud (Haemon), Tom Nelis (Tireseus), Makela Spielman (Antigone) and Stephen Webber (Creon). The production will have original music by Christian Fredrickson and lighting by Brian H. Scott.

"This powerful theatrical and emotionally charged experience is shockingly relevant to our present cultural and historic moment," Bogart said in a statement. The play, according to press notes, "tells the story of Antigone, the cursed daughter of Oedipus and Jocasta, who defies the King of Thebes for the right to bury her own brother. One of humankind's most enduring and influential stories, it explores conflicts between individual and state and the choices one has to make to either follow one’s own beliefs or obey the law."

Mee's bobrauschenbergamerica, also under Bogart's direction, will run April 22-May 16, 2010. SITI members inhabiting the work include Akiko Aizawa (Phil's girl), J. Ed Araiza (Becker), Will Bond (Allen), Gian Murray Gianino (Pizza boy), Leon Ingulsrud (Phil), Ellen Lauren (Susan), Kelly Maurer (Bob’s mom) and Barney O'Hanlon (Carl). The engagement will have set and costume design by James Schuette, lighting by Brian H. Scott and sound design by Darron L. West.

"Charles L. Mee and Anne Bogart take the viewer on a wild road trip through the American landscape, as Robert Rauschenberg might have conceived it had he been a playwright instead of a painter," press notes explain. "More than an autobiographical portrait, this multi-disciplinary work is a rollicking collage-montage tribute –complete with square dancing, a roller girl and Martini nights – capturing the happy, improvisational quality of Rauschenberg’s singular vision. Seamlessly moving through time, bobrauschenbergamerica is also the history of a nation and culture, portraying America as a land of endless vistas, heartbreaking disappointments and unbridled optimism." The Monday night series with SITI artists will run Nov. 23; Dec. 14; Jan. 25, 2010; Feb. 15, 2010; and March 8, 2010. The evenings begin at 7:30 PM.

For tickets phone (212) 924-0077 or visit SITI. The Dance Theater Workshop is located at 219 West 19th Street.

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