After a sold out work-in-progress run in Dec., 1998 at the Performing Garage, Puss, an adaptation of Ludwig Tieck's 1797 German play, Puss-In-Boots, will make its world premiere May 31 at the Garage. Cannon Co. artistic director Richard Kimmel adapted and directs.
Tieck's Puss was banned in Germany when it premiered. The play, based on the popular fairy tale of Puss-in-Boots, begins with a group of theatre critics interrupting what would have been the forward action, with critiques and assessments. Kimmel's contemporary adaptation of the play -- adding extensive dance sequences, a string trio and digital video - intends to bring new relevance to the text.
Kimmel told Playbill On-Line (May 31) his favorite thing about the piece was that "it's so experiential, it's impossible to describe in words."
Members and associates of the Cannon Co. performing Puss are Wayne Adams, Richard Bach, Dominique Bousquet, Dan Cohen, Andrew Garman, George Hannah, Jorge Isaacs, Courtney King, Matt Pomerantz, Nina Savinski, Andrew Shulman, Patrick Tully, Vicky Virgin and Carleigh Welsh.
Founded in 1997, Cannon Co. is dedicated to presenting classical texts with an ensemble company for a contemporary audiences. Other Cannon productions include: Witches' Macbeth at the 1997 Fringe Festival and at The American Living Room Series at HERE and Three Sisters at MCC. Tickets are $15. The Performing Garage is located at 33 Wooster Street between Broome and Grand Streets. For reservations, call (212) 479 8411.
-- By Christine Ehren