Responsible for the critically acclaimed Black Watch, the National Theatre of Scotland and the Theatre of the Emerging American Moment (TEAM) have joined forces to co-present the workshop of Architecting. The workshop is a precursor to Architecting's official debut at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, which also featured the premiere of Black Watch.
Written by Davey Anderson, Dave Polato, Lucy Kendrick Smith and Nathan Wright, Architecting is told in four dramatic chapters that explore the history and future of modern America, ultimately creating a "requiem" for the nation.
Press notes state Architecting concerns "Henry Adams, the brilliant, narcissistic and hysterical scion of two Presidents. Equipped with an 18th century education, Adams awakens to find himself required to play the game of the twentieth century. We then travel to Margaret Mitchell's Atlanta, and the landscape of her sweeping and politically alarming novel 'Gone With the Wind.' A road-trip taken by the two loneliest people in Arkansas transports us to the Miss Scarlett O'Hara pageant, where worlds collide in an explosion of history and guilt. When the smoke clears, we are in the future: a young messianic architect, trailed by a boy with a Dr. Pepper, envisions a new American cathedral…"
The workshop cast includes Kristen Sieh, Jessica Almasy, Frank Boyd, Jill Frutkin, Libby King and Jake Margolin.
TEAM artistic director Rachel Chavkin helms the multimedia work that enlists the talents of Nick Vaughan (costume and set design), Brian Scott (video design), Jake Heinrichs (lighting design) and Matt Hubbs (sound design). The pre-Edinburgh workshop of Architecting runs though May 18 at 3LD Art and Technology Center, located at 80 Greenwich Street in Manhattan. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.3LDNYC.org.