What Ever begins its run Sept. 4 and will last until Sept. 21. The performer has been nursing the sprawling multi-character, eight-part piece for going on a decade. Previously, it was seen at the Lower East Side's Surf Reality, a second floor space on Allen Street, at Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Yale Rep, and at festivals in Dublin, London and Amsterdam.
In the eight-hour work, Woodbury weaves a complicated, cross-country Dickensian yarn featuring 10 major characters and 90 supporting players. The central figures are three West Coast "rave kids": Clove, Sable and Skeeter. Among the other remarkable characters are a 85-year-old, tart tongued New York socialite called Violet; and Paul, a morally challenged oil executive. Woodbury refers to the piece as a "living novel."
P.S 122 will be dividing the play into four evenings, each two acts long. Theatregoers are invited to attend one or all of the segments. What Ever is directed by Dudley Saunders.
P.S. 122 currently houses the New York Fringe-born hit, Matt & Ben.
The remainder of the P.S. 122 season runs as follows: Courtesan Tales by Nicole Blackman, Oct. 7-Nov. 1
Paradise? by Kari Horas, Nov. 6-9
Placid Baby by Sam Kim, Nov. 13-16
A Dream Deferred by the Niles Ford Dance Collective, Nov. 20 30
Solo Me by the Croatian dance company BADco., Dec. 4-7
Intimacy in Transition by Chris Elam and the Misnomer Dance Company, Dec. 11-21
House of No More by Big Art Group, Jan. 2-Feb. 1, 2004
Instructions for Forgetting by Forced Entertainment, Jan. 8-25
The Life and Times of Barry Goldhubris by Larry Goldhuber and David Brooks, Feb. 5-22
Accidental Nostalgia by Cynthia Hopkins, Feb. 26-March 7
Cold Comfort by Karen Sherman, March 11-14
131 by Kathy Profeta, March 18-28
Coming Out of the Night with Names by Human Future Dance, April 1-15
An untitled work by Karen Finley, May 13-30