London-based company Improbable (formerly known as Improbable Theatre) present their latest production which opens Sept. 15. Julian Crouch and Arlene Audergon direct the 90-minute, intermissionless show playing at the East Village stage of NYTW through Oct. 9.
"With quiet improvisation, headless puppets, fractured storytelling, and dark humor," Spirit casts three performers (Guy Dartnell, Phelim McDermott, and Lee Simpson) who "struggle to tell the story of three bakers — brothers in a country at war content with their daily routine until one day when a letter arrives giving one the chance to break free," according to production notes.
Improbable members Crouch and McDermott co-created Shockheaded Peter which recently had an extended Off-Broadway run. Other Improbable productions seen in New York include 70 Hill Lane (PS 122), The Hanging Man (BAM) and Lifegame (Jane Street Theatre).
The design team for Spirit is Julian Crouch, Graeme Gilmour, Rob Thirtle, Helen Maguire (design realization), Colin Grenfell (lighting) and Andrew Paine (sound). Helen Maguire is the production manager .
The New York Theatre Workshop 2005-06 season will continue with Itamar Moses' play Bach at Leipzig (Oct. 28-Dec. 18). Pam MacKinnon directs the starry cast which features Jeffrey Carlson (Manuscript, Taboo), Richard Easton (The Rivals, Noises Off), Michael Emerson (Hedda Gabler, Gross Indecency), Reg Rogers (Miss Julie, The Dazzle) and David Schramm (The Beard of Avon, La Terrasse). Next, Jo Bonney directs Will Power's The Seven — a large-scale hip-hop musical adaptation of Aeschylus' Seven Against Thebes — starting Jan. 17, 2006. Tickets to Spirit at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, (between Second Avenue and Bowery), can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200. For more information, visit www.nytw.org.