If you see only one multi-media, science-fiction epic staged inside a church building this year, you might want to make it Warp, a wild adventure conceived by Stuart Gordon, written by Lenny Kleinfeld and directed by Philip Baloun. The show began previews Dec. 3 and opens Dec. 15 at the Theatre at St. Clement's on West 46th St. In Manhattan. Originally developed and produced at Chicago's Organic Theatre, and then in Washington D.C., and briefly on Broadway, Warp features numerous special effects including lasers, and is designed by Cecile Bouchier. Peter L. Smith did the lighting, Jose M. Rivera the costumes, Richard Dysinger & Bernard Fox the sound.
Warp follows a lowly bank-teller who's transported to the fifth dimension and told that he's actually Lord Cumulus, Avenger of the Universe.
Cast members for Warp are Scott T. Thomson, Kane Schirmer, Angela Nirvana, Darlene Mann, Todd Alan Johnson, Ed Crescimanni and, of course, Tofi.
Stuart Gordon directed the world premiere of David Mamet's Sexual Perversity In Chicago and the feature films Re-Animator and the upcoming Space Truckers. Philip Baloun (pronounced "balloon"), who directed Warp in D.C., staged The Promise at NY's Manhattan Theatre Club and JB at the Cathedral Of St. John The Divine. Lenny Kleinfeld, now a screenwriter in Los Angeles, spent ten years in Chicago as a playwright, critic and freelance magazine writer.
For tickets ($35) and information on Warp, "a comic book come to life," call (212) 279-4200.
-- --By David Lefkowitz