Performances began on Sept. 4, preceded by a generous article in the New York Times (followed by a less generous review) and the publication of the play's text as a "living novel" by Faber and Faber.
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.
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