Elevator Repair Service Goes on the Road With No Great Society, Feb. 2

News   Elevator Repair Service Goes on the Road With No Great Society, Feb. 2 Elevator Repair Service, the avant-garde Off-Broadway outfit that last adapted the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald with GATZ, now turns its gaze on Jack Kerouac. The group's new play No Great Society begins Feb. 2 at P.S. 122 and runs through Feb. 18.

Unlike GATZ, which drew specifically on Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, No Great Society takes as its inspiration Kerouac's general character and life experience. The piece recreates interviews and movie script fragments and combines them with comedic choreography in order to evoke, spoof and re-invent the Beat writer's personality. Longtime ERS company member (and Brooklyn second grade teacher) Susie Sokol plays the writer. Also in the cast is Ben Williams, who is said to be offering "a deadpan performance that combines Steve Allen and William F. Buckley." John Collins directs. ERS has toured across the U.S. and Europe with its unique experimental theatre style. The ensemble creates its works through a process of collaboration that involves slapstick, audio, found text, and even discarded furniture. Productions since its inception in 1991 have included Total Fictional Lie, Highway to Tomorrow, McGurk: A Cautionary Tale and Shut Up I Tell You (I Said, Shut Up I Tell You).

Members or ERS have included Paul Boocock, half of the comedy team Premium Bob; the busy actress Colleen Werthmann (Suitcase, Recent Tragic Events, Miss Witherspoon); and Rinne Groff, the playwright (The Ruby Sunrise, Inky).

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