Unlike Foreman's previous plays over the past 38 years, Zomboid! will feature a live performance that is simultaneously dominated by filmed imagery on two projection screens.
In 2004, Foreman filmed actors in Melbourne, Australia, and the resulting slow-moving tableaux will be presented as a continual hallucinatory backdrop. Meanwhile, five live actors, frequently blindfolded, will waver through a bizarre, other worldly landscape while surrounded by metaphysical stuffed donkeys.
Zomboid! is the first production of The International Bridge Project, in which Foreman and collaborator Sophie Havilland will film material around the world to aid his productions.
According to press notes, "Richard Foreman absorbs the zeitgeist of our current climate and refashions it, with projections and a complex sound track of music and words, creating a radical work of art that tells us more than any possible news bulletin about the secret forces in the depths of our lived experience."
The New York cast includes Katherine Brook, Temple Crocker, Ben Horner, Caitlin McDonough-Thayer and Stephanie Silver. The onscreen Australian cast includes Gorkem Acarcoglu, Margaret Cameron, Tayla Chalef, Martyn Coutts, Tara Daniel, Sue Ingleton, Kibby McKinnon, Joe Mitchell, Merfyn Owen, Rochelle Owens, Tom Pappathanassiou, Kelly Somes, Sam Strong, Wiloh Weiland and Lucy Wilson. The Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church is located at 131 E. 10th Street, next to Second Avenue. Tickets are $23 for adults and $17 for students, except on Saturday nights, when all tickets are $28. Call (212) 352-3101 for tickets, or visit www.ontological.com.