Theatre de Complicite was nominated for six Tony Awards when they performed The Chairs on Broadway, and now that's been followed with an awards storm for Mnemonic in its brief run at the John Jay College Theater. The 1999 London Drama Critics Award winner also netted a special Lucille Lortel Award and a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience. Mnemonic, which began performances March 22, closes with a 2 PM and an 8 PM show May 24.
Tony-nominated director Simon McBurney (The Chairs) directed and conceived the play, an exploration of memory. Among the interconnected stories (that merely seem unconnected) are a media circus involving the discovery of a 5,000-year-old Ice Man on the Austrian-Italian border and the journey of a woman searching through Eastern Europe for the father she never knew.
Mnemonic stars Katrin Cartlidge ("Naked," "Career Girls"), McBurney, Tim McMullan, Kostas Philippoglou, Catherine Schaub Abkarian and Daniel Wahl.
McBurney is artistic director of Theatre de Complicite, who received critical acclaim for their production of The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, which was brought to Lincoln Center's Summer Festival two seasons ago. McBurney received a 1997 Olivier Award for his production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle at London's Royal National Theatre, where Mnemonic enjoyed a sold out engagement before transferring to New York.
Tickets are $55. The John Jay College Theater is located at 899 Tenth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. For reservations, call (212) 239 6200. — By Christine Ehren