Following earlier runs at the HERE Arts Center and NYTW’s Fourth Street Theatre, Life Jacket Theatre Company will bring back Gorey: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey to the New York stage December 14-January 14, 2017, at the Sheen Center. Gorey was a writer and artist well known for his illustrated books; the theatrical piece—written and directed by Travis Russ—spans 50 years, and follows Gorey through the various stages of his life.
Gorey blends fact and fiction and uses puppetry and projections. Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, and Aidan Sank, who performed the work in the spring, return to the roles this winter.
“Gorey investigates the artist’s dark imagination, his personal demons, and the heartbreaking loneliness of creative genius,“ state production notes. “The result is a compelling collection of fragmented memories that are lyrical, revealing, and often funny.“
“We’re very excited to bring our imagining of the life of Edward Gorey to the stage,” commented Russ in an earlier statement. “The more we delved into Gorey’s work and his interviews, the more intrigued we became about the real man hidden behind the literary myth. We’ve created an intimate production that provides an up-close-and-personal look at one of America’s most original artists.”
Watch a video to see the kind of puppetry used in the show below:
The production features projection and lighting design by John Narun; puppetry design by Elizabeth Ostler; sound design by Emma Wilk; choreography by Katie Proulx; costume design by Peri Grabin; and original art by Russell Warren-Fisher. Carl Vorwerk is technical director.
For more information and tickets visit LifeJacketTheatre.org. The Sheen Center is located at 18 Bleecker St., New York.