Man Is Man, according to press notes, "follows the transformation of Galy Gay from a naive and ignorant porter in Colonial British India into a vicious fighting machine, at the hands of a company of soldiers who need a fourth man. When Galy Gay is forced to give up his identity for that of the lost soldier, his story turns grim with unstoppable and frightening consequences."
Under the direction of Dutch director Paul Binnerts, Man Is Man will be presented in a technique called "real-time theatre," where the actors, rather than portraying a character, are themselves re-creating the characters' circumstances. In Binnerts' vision, the actors are used as intermediaries between the play and the audience. Binnerts' book on this topic, "Acting in Real-Time," will be published shortly in the U.S.
The company for the forthcoming revival will feature Lauren Blumenfeld, Tristin Daley, Eric Eastman, Brandon Kyle Goodman, Natalie Kuhn, Justin Lauro and Sarah Wood. The cast previously debuted the Binnerts production at New York University this past spring.
Man Is Man marks the first production of the Elephant Brigade, a troupe founded by Binnerts and his students from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts.
The creative team for Man Is Man features dramaturgy by Fanneke Verhallen, scenic design by Amy Charlotte Rubin, costume design by Caleb Hammons, lighting design by Bradley King and Kevin Guzewich, sound design by Richard Kamerman and video projections design by Marilys Ernst. Rebecca Keren Eisenstadt produces Man Is Man for The Elephant Brigade. Man Is Man will run through Dec. 22 at HERE Arts Center, located in Manhattan at 145 6th Avenue (between Spring and Broome Streets). Tickets are available by calling (212) 352-3101 or by visiting www.here.org.