New Elizabeth Swados Musical Jabu to Premiere at Flea Off-Broadway Feb. 16

News   New Elizabeth Swados Musical Jabu to Premiere at Flea Off-Broadway Feb. 16 Jabu, a new musical by Elizabeth Swados about the play Ubu Roi and its iconoclastic author Alfred Jarry, will premiere at Off Broadway's Flea Theatre Feb. 16-April 2.

Jarry is the erratic genius who created Ubu Roi, a play which caused a riot when it premiered in France in 1896, and which is regarded as the wellspring of the absurdist playwriting movement that followed a half century later.

In Jabu, the mindless violence of the play is juxtaposed with the life of Jarry, who knew such figures as Henry Rosseau, Toulouse-Lautrec, famed director Lugne-Poe and Madame de Rachilde. Jarry died of excessive drink in 1907 at the age of 34.

Swados will direct a cast of 17 including Nicola Barber, Stephanie Braun, Paula Ehrenberg, Michael Francis, Meredith Holzman, Parrish Hurley, Nicholas Job, Derrick Karg, Jamie King, Danielle Levanas, Taylor Mac, Emily Mattheson, Kevin T. Moore, Ana Valle, Hondo Weiss-Richmond, Matt Wells and Matt Wilson. The production features set, puppet, and video design by Sue Rees; costumes by Melissa Schlactmeyer; lighting by Garin Marschall; and musical direction by Kris Kukul.

Swados credits include Runaways, Doonesbury, Dispatches, The Haggedah, Jerusalem, Rap Master Ronnie and Missionaries.

For tickets call (212) 352-3101.

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