After an extended run and critical acclaim in the NY Times, Time Out New York and The Village Voice, Richard Maxwell's House at P.S. 122, will close down Dec. 20.
The play, which continues Maxwell's exploration into the awkward and mundane, opened Nov. 19, after a successful summer run at NY's Ontological Theatre.
Rather than portray defining moments in characters' lives, Maxwell's plays (Burger King, Ute Nos vs. Crazy Liquors, Cowboys and Indians) explore the banality of everyday living, finding humor in the moments where we don't quite know how to react or what to say. Through that perspective, House examines a family's unspectacular and awkward response to the murder of the father.
Maxwell also doesn't attempt to seduce an audience into the reality of the situation on stage, continuing more along the lines of Brecht's alienation theories. His actors are real people -- saying lines and moving when they should, portraying the awkwardness of real life people's first experience speaking in public.
Maxwell's next project, Cowboys and Indians, co-written with frequent Wooster Group collaborator Jim Strahs, will debut in the Spring at Soho Rep. The set for House, designed by Jane Cox, is a recreation of the midtown rehearsal space Maxwell used while creating the production.
The cast for House features: Laurena Allan, John Becker, Yehuda Duenyas and Gary Wilmes.
For tickets ($12) or more information on House , written and directed by Richard Maxwell, playing at P.S. 122 (150 First Avenue) call (212) 477 5288.
-- By Sean McGrath