Mee's Fire Island Will Transform Off-Broadway Beginning April 10

News   Mee's Fire Island Will Transform Off-Broadway Beginning April 10 Dates have been finalized for the Off-Broadway world premiere of Charles Mee's Fire Island – a multimedia performance-installation piece – at the 3LD Art and Technology Center.
Playwright Charles L. Mee
Playwright Charles L. Mee Photo by Aubrey Reuben

3-Legged Dog presents the limited engagement, which is set to begin performances April 10 and continue through May 3. Fire Island was created by Mee specifically for 3-Legged Dog productions, which is a non-profit theatre and media group that predominantly focuses on large-scale experimental artwork.

Fire Island incorporates the work of some 108 artists - among them Tuvan throat singer Albert Kuvezin - and 3-D Eyeliner technology that 3LD premiered last season in Losing Something. The performance space will be transformed into an indoor version of Fire Island, where audiences will witness "a couple falling in love from their perspective, close up, from a distance, as a voyeur peeping through the window, as well as the details of the environment around them (the weathered, salted boardwalk or the decaying pine needles)," according to press notes.

The entire studio will be covered in white sand to complete the environmental performance setting, which is described in press notes as "the ultimate high-tech beach party," promising beach chairs, pine trees, and blended drinks.

OBIE winner Charles L. Mee, known for his ability to create dramatic textual collages, is the current playwright-in-residence for the Signature Theatre Company's 2007-2008 season, which includes the New York premieres of Mee's Iphigenia 2.0 directed by Tina Landau, Queens Boulevard (the musical) and Paradise Park. Mee is a frequent collaborator with choreographer and director Martha Clarke with whom he penned Belle Epoque and Vienna: Lusthaus.

Showtime for Fire Island is 8 PM. Doors will open at 6 PM for a pre-show barbecue. The 3LD Art and Technology Center is located at 80 Greenwich Street in Manhattan. For tickets call (212) 352-3101 or visit www.3LDNYC.org. For additional information on the works of Charles L. Mee, visit www.charlesmee.org.

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