Art, Life & Show-Biz Comes to Off-Bway's P.S. 122, Jan. 3

News   Art, Life & Show-Biz Comes to Off-Bway's P.S. 122, Jan. 3 Two-time Tony-winning musical comedy star Helen Gallagher, Ridiculous Theatrical Company alum Lola Pashalinski and British-born Merce Cunningham dancer Valda Setterfield would seem to have very little in common, aside from being women and performers.

But playwright Ain Gordon saw enough of a connection between them to feature the trio in his new "non-fiction play," Art, Life & Show-Biz.

The work, constructed from interviews conducted by Gordon with the three women, will run at P.S. 122 Jan. 3-26. Gordon himself, who won an Obie Award for his play Wally's Ghost, will appear as master of ceremonies. The piece is meant to be a "tribute to a life in the theatre" and draw on "true stories, myths and outright lies of the famous, the infamous, the forgotten and the unknown."

The three actress' careers encompass the worlds of Broadway, the avant garde and ballet. Gallagher won her two Tony Awards for Pal Joey and No, No Nannette. Other credits include the original productions of Sweet Charity, Mame, The Pajama Game, Brigadoon and High Button Shoes.

Pashalinski has worked under such forces in experimental theatre as Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart and Joanne Akalitis, but she is best known for her 13 years of work with Charles Ludlum and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company. She won Obies for both Corn and Der Ring Gott Farblonjet. Lately, she's been seen on Broadway (Fortune's Fool) and Playwrights Horizons (The Wax).

Setterfeld was born in England and has danced for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Merce Cunningham. She also appeared in Gordon's The Family Business, winning an Obie. Audiences should expect to hear tales of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Jean Michael Basquiat, Agnes de Mille, Brian de Palma and John Cage.

Tickets are $15. P.S. 122 is located at 150 First Avenue. Call (212) 477-5288.