In 1959, The Connection put playwright Jack Gelber on the map, earning him an Obie and Vernon Rice Award. Since then, he's written The Apple, Square In The Eye, The Cuban Thing and Sleep (1972), which he's newly revised for a production at NY's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club, Jan. 9-11 and Jan. 16-18.
Gelber's dark comedy concerns Gil, the subject of an experiment conducted by two scientists on the nature of sleep and dreaming. Gil's mind is prodded, dissected and examined by the audience, the scientists and Gil himself. Four actors will play Gil's dream characters.
Gelber has "rewritten portions of the play for this shorter, updated version," which will be staged in a cabaret-theatre atmosphere. Sleep marks screenwriter Ted Lambert directorial debut.
For tickets ($12) and information on Sleep, call (212) 475-7710.
--By David Lefkowitz