The new multimedia work centers on Rus who suffers from "a persistent sense of deja vu that makes every moment of his life seem as if it has already been lived," according to production notes. "Feeling lost in a labyrinth of repeating, distorted memories and bored by his marriage to a beautiful singer and dancer (Sirene), Rus yearns to spread his wings. Then a seemingly random car accident connects Rus to Sonny, a gay hustler whose crystal meth addiction has left him unable to feel any real pleasure. Rus, drawn like a moth to the flame, begins a descent on the down low into a world of drugs, sex and violence that will inevitably lead to death. However, when it is Sonny that ends up dead, Rus becomes the prime target of a police investigation that forces him and Sirene to face the past and its consequences."
(RUS)H — inspired by the tale of Icarus — has text and video by Scruggs and direction by Marting. The production incorporates original salsa and tango music as well as wireless layered video screens manipulated by Bunraku-influenced puppeteers. The work was developed through HERE Arts Center's residency program.
The cast of (RUS)H includes Marc Bovino, Chandra Thomas, Dax Valdes, Luis Vega, and Lathrop Walker.
A multidisciplinary creative team has been assembled including Hal Eagar (media effects), Michael O'Reilly (environment), Steve Adorno (original music), Christopher Brown (lighting design), Anabella Lenzu (choreography), Qui Nguyen (fight choreography), Matthew Tennie (sound design) and Chris Rumery (costume design).
(RUS)H will be presented at the 3LD Art and Technology Center. HERE Arts Center is currently undergoing renovations. (RUS)H will play Feb. 27-March 22. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.here.org. The 3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street in Manhattan.