Avant-troupe The Dean Street Field of Operations (or The FOO, for short) will premiere their latest, I Got Lost I, at NY's experimental theater/dance haven, P.S. 122, May 19-29.
Presented in an amalgam of styles, including commedia, Butoh and film loops, The FOO present the story of Painless Parker, con-man and parlor magician. While Painless turns away from his cheap slights of hand for a more transcendent kind of magic, he's joined by a band who exist out of the constraints of time as they search for an eternal audience.
I Got Lost I draws on numerous sources, including : Alan Lightman's novel "Einstein's Dreams," Ingmar Bergman's film "The Magician," Houdini's "Writings on Magic," Frazer's "Golden Bough" and Gandhi's "The Story of My Experiments with Truth."
Since their 1996 Brooklyn-based inception, The FOO has developed their own unique brand of theater in an over-crowded downtown scene. Using improvisational techniques and traditional theatrical devices, they incorporate themselves into strange worlds, where characters fight for survival against -- and sometime for -- visceral stimuli. Their work has been seen at the Downtown Arts Festival, The Knitting Factory, The Red Room, CBGBs, HERE and on MTV's "Oddville."
For tickets or more information, call (212) 477-5288. -- By Sean McGrath