The New York premiere of David Levine's Habit will take up residence at the Essex Street Market Sept. 21-30. The 90-minute drama, which has a script by Jason Grote ("Smash") and an environment by Marsha Ginsberg, is staged within a "four-walled, fully furnished and functional American ranch house (stocked refrigerator, working stove, plumbing, running water)." It will be presented free to the public.
According to PS 122, "Three actors perform a 90-minute drama on a continuous loop for eight hours a day. Although the language never changes, they improvise the staging to suit their needs—when they’re hungry, they cook; when they’re dirty, they wash." The audience will observe the action through the open windows and doors of the house.
Big Dance Theater and Sibyl Kempson will offer the world premiere of Ich, Kürbisgeist Oct. 25-Nov. 10 at the The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City. The piece is written by Kempson, directed by Paul Lazar and choreographed and co-directed by Annie-B Parson.
Here's how it's billed: "Ich, Kürbisgeist is set in a harsh quasi-medieval landscape facing destruction, populated by a community speaking a rigorous, specific, and completely invented language. Every word is semi-recognizable: an amalgam of English, Swedish, German—and Sid Caesar. The language is as tough and unforgiving as the windswept, uncultivated landscape."
Kristen Kosmas' There There will run Dec. 18-Jan. 12, 2013, at the Chocolate Factory. Paul Willis will direct. According to PS 122, "In There There, Christopher Walken, on tour in Russia with a solo show inspired by sociopath Vassily Vasilyevich Solyony from Chekhov's Three Sisters, has mysteriously fallen off a ladder and is unable to perform. Kosmas's play begins when Karen, who apparently proofread the script once, is asked to go on in Walken's place. A precarious bilingual performance duet ensues between Karen (played by Kosmas) and her Russian translator, Leo as she attempts to perform Walken's role. There There is a wildly unpredictable and strangely moving theatrical roller coaster about being the completely wrong person in the totally wrong place at the exact wrong time doing all the most wrong things."
A season launch party will be held Sept. 5 at the Gawker Media Rooftop, 210 Elizabeth St. between Prince & Spring St. in SoHo.
Tickets to Ich, Kürbisgeist and There There go on sale to the general public Aug. 1. Tickets are available by visiting chocolatefactorytheater.org or by phoning (212) 352-3101.