Live, original rock 'n' roll will help create the dark, grainy world of Snapshots, Erin Sanders' world premiere play beginning previews April 6 by off-off-Broadway's Miranda Theatre Company in New York City.
Sanders is co-author, with Lonny Price and Joan Rivers, of Sally Marr...and her escorts, which played the Helen Hayes Theatre starring Rivers. Miranda artistic director Valentina Fratti told Playbill On-Line the new work is "about far away from Sally Marr as you can get."
Snapshots officially opens at Miranda's space at 259 W. 30th Street April 14, following previews. It continues to April 24.
The serious comedy is punctuated with live music by Phil Gajdjis and Andrei Sebastien and shows a family's reaction to their troubled, mysterious son, returning home after time at a juvenile detention facility. "It's quite dark," said Fratti, whose company is exclusively devoted to new works. "The style is inspired by Shephard and Beckett and Ionesco, and it's sort of a courageous piece because it's playing with style and incorporating live music. The rock 'n' roll is kind of the son's alter ego."
Snapshots had a reading in Miranda's new works series in 1998. In the play, directed by Miranda's artistic associate Joel Goldes,"the parents want to make it all perfect without discussing anything," said Fratti. "And the father is obsessed with taking snapshots to keep some veneer of happiness. It's about avoiding and grabbing desperately onto something so as to not to have to look much deeper."
The cast includes Tom Aulino, Mary Stout, Andrew Elvis Miller and Wendy Martling. Designers are Zeke Leonard (sets), Scott Poitras (lighting), Tom Reiter (costumes) and Eric Shim (sound).
Tickets are $10-$15. Call (212) 268-9829 extension 1.
-- By Kenneth Jones