Gibson directs this new spin on Jean Anouilh's 20th-century play Antigone, inspired by the ancient Greek tale. Performances are Aug. 9-14.
Heisler (Coram Boy) will play Antigone and Fernandez (Pain and the Itch, Thunder Knocking on the Door, Henry IV) is Creon, at Walkerspace, 46 Walker Street (between Broadway and Church Street) in Manhattan.
"Loosely based on Jean Anouilh's Antigone," according to Rising Phoenix notes, "Too Much Memory is a political thriller blended with the story of a family and its internal conflicts. The work is a contemporary collage of mythology and modernity imbedding rock and roll music from the '60 to the present and incorporates texts by Richard Nixon, Tom Hayden, Peter Brook, Anne Carson, Pablo Neruda, Susan Sontag and Hannah Arendt."
A first-time collaboration between actress-director Gibson (The Ride Down Mt. Morgan at Public Theater) and playwright Reddin (Human Error, Black Snow, Life and Limb), the play also features Martin Moran (Spamalot, Cabaret, Titanic) as Chorus, Aria Alpert, Louis Cancelmi, Ray Anthony Thomas, Jamel Rodriguez and MacLeod Andrews. Too Much Memory is Gibson's debut in New York City as a director.
The production team includes lighting designer Joel Moritz (Blue Man Group), set designer Ola Maslik (Model at Mabou Mines) and fight director Joseph Travers. Tickets are $15. For information and tickets visit www.FringeNYC.org.
Too Much Memory is the third FringeNYC production from Rising Phoenix Repertory, following Gift by Mark Schultz in 2005 and Ponies by Mike Batistick in 2003. Founded in 1999 by artistic director Daniel Talbott, Rising Phoenix Repertory began by producing an ongoing reading series of new plays and has continued to add workshops, festivals and highly praised productions of new plays. Recent productions include 365 Days/365 Plays at Jimmy's No. 43 and The Public Theater, What Happened When at HERE Arts Center, Fall Forward in the Sitelines/River to River festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Telling Trilogy (including The Ride, 2006 NYIT Award Nominee – Outstanding Original Short Script), Rules of the Universe (Winner, 2007 NYIT Awards for Outstanding Original Short Script and Director), and Three Sisters at the Seventh Street Small Stage at Jimmy's No. 43.