Avenue Q’s Jordan Gelber to Star in The Polish Play

News   Avenue Q’s Jordan Gelber to Star in The Polish Play Jordan Gelber (original Brian in Avenue Q) will star in the world premiere of The Polish Play — a combination of Macbeth by William Shakespeare and the absurdist late 19th-century play Ubu Roi by Alfred Jarry — from Jan. 13-Feb. 3, 2007, at Walker Space.

The play is devised and directed by Henry Wishcamper — a 2004 Drama Desk Award nominee for Outstanding Revival of a Play for the Keen Company’s Pullman Car Hiawatha — and is the first production of the Katharsis Theater Company. Opening night is Jan. 19.

The cast includes Gelber, James Bentley, Jeff Biehl, Torsten Hillhouse, Jacob H. Knoll, Lucas Caleb Rooney, Ryan Ward and Eunice Wong (title role in Off-Broadway’s The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow).

The play uses puppets and includes a huge puppet massacre, choreographed by fight choreographer Qui Nguyen.

Press notes describe the play as such: "In The Polish Play, the idiot-tyrant Père Ubu, encouraged by his wife and the Three Weird Sisters, ascends the throne of Poland by slaughtering the meek King Wenceslas. Simultaneously a dark tragedy, a broad satire, and an absurdly gruesome Grand Guignol, The Polish Play presents one of Western theatre’s greatest stories in a spectacularly original production."

The design team includes sets by Takeshi Kata, lights by Matthew Richards, costumes by Jenny Mannis, sound by Bart Fasbender and puppet design and construction by Aleksandra Maslik. Walker Space is at 46 Walker Street, between Church and Broadway. Tickets, priced $18, are available by calling SmartTix at (212) 868-4444 or visiting www.smarttix.com.

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