Those rarified New York theatregoers who live for the work of Heiner Müller will be able to feast on a double helping of the communist German avant-garde playwright's work this December. Cx & Company (a troupe once know by the equally opaque name of Negative Antelope) will present a bill of Medeamaterial and Quartet from Dec. 1 to Dec. 21. The evening will take place at Show World Theater Complex, the former Times Square strip joint briefly run by the now extinct Off-Off-Broadway company Nada.
The two pieces are among Müller's best known in the U.S. Quartet (often spelled as Quartett), in fact, recently received a high profile, if brief, run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music last summer. The play is a sexually charged "dramatic reverie" based on the novel, "Les Liaisons Dangereuses." Medeamaterial (often billed as Mediaplay is—like Müller's Hamletmachine—the playwright's condensed, highly conceptual and political look at a classical text.
Cx & Company, was founded by Artistic Director Cradeaux Alexander "to create and produce progressive and challenging works of theatre and, more recently, film." The company "utilizes original material and lesser-known works by established masters in the pursuit of liberating the avant-garde for a broader audience." The troupe began life in 1994 in Arizona, where is staged the multi-media solo play Home. In New York, it presented Beckett's Eh Joe at the Kraine Theater.
Tickets are $15. The Show World Theater Complex in Times Square is located at 671 8th Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets. Call (212) 760 5989.
—By Robert Simonson