Don't Panic: New Richard Foreman Play Debuts Jan. 9, 2003

News   Don't Panic: New Richard Foreman Play Debuts Jan. 9, 2003 Set up the plexiglass wall. Starting stringing wire across the playing space. Cue the cacophonous sound design. It's time for Richard Foreman's annual contribution to the Off-Broadway scene.

Foreman's 35th production, Panic (How to Be Happy), will bow at the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark's (131 East 10th Street) on Jan. 9, 2003, and continues through April 13. In the cast are Tea Alagic, Robert Cucuzza, Elina Lowensohn and DJ Mendel. Both Mendel and Cucuzza appeared in Foreman's Permanent Brain Damage. Also expected on stage are the usual Foreman crew of black-clad, non-speaking chorus members. The piece will clock in at 75 minutes. As for plot (always a flexible, mysterious part of any Foreman enterprise), Panic features a "band of eccentric desperados" who search for self enlightenment by calling on "The Old Man of the Mountain."

The sound design, always an important part of Foreman's work, will tap on the music of Mahler, Schoenberg, punk rock, and howling wolves.

Tickets are $20. Call (212) 533-4650.