No Dice Begins Performances Off-Broadway Dec. 6

News   No Dice Begins Performances Off-Broadway Dec. 6 The Nature Theater of Oklahoma takes to the theatrical playground Dec. 6 when Soho Rep presents the experimental company's latest work, No Dice, at 66 White Street, the former site of Sydney's Playground, a 6,000-square foot indoor playground that closed its doors this past August.

No Dice is conceived and directed by Nature Theater founders Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper. The cast comprises Anne Gridley, Thomas Hummel, Robert M. Johanson, Zachary Oberzan and Kristin Worrall. Music for the production is by Lumberob and Kristin Worrall, with production design by Peter Nigrini.

Distilled down to a four-hour piece, No Dice, according to press notes, "is culled from over 100 hours of taped telephone conversations with actors, friends and family about their jobs, personal problems, aspirations and dreams… An epic of the everyday blown to transcendental proportions. The company filters the material of their own lives though the conventions of amateur dinner theater to arrive at a uniquely mind-altering experience." Nature Theater Company notes that ham sandwiches will be served to hungry audience members.

The production officially opens on Dec. 8 and will continue through Dec. 31.

No Dice was commissioned by Soho Rep in 2006; the production later played the 2007 Under-the-Radar Festival while still in development. No Dice has also been presented at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; in Portland, Oregon; and in Holland, Austria, Germany and Belgium.

The Nature Theater of Oklahoma's mission is to explore and push the definitions of what is theatre and what is performance. No Dice has been performed in various performance spaces including an abandoned Rite Aid, a hotel conference room and traditional theatres. Tickets are available by visiting www.sohorep.org.