It's too bad Valerie Solanas isn't alive to see it. The would-be assassin of Andy Warhol and author of the S.C.U.M. Manifesto is enjoying a rebirth in New York City. First, P.S. 122 will host a San Francisco production of her only play, Up Your Ass, running Feb. 7-25 in its New York debut.
Three days into that show, Reverie Productions brings the satiric Valerie Shoots Andy to the Present Company Theatorium for a run Feb. 10-March 4. Randy White directs.
Set in the real world of 1968, when both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy were assassinated and the Tet Offensive was just beginning in Vietnam, Pop Art god Andy Warhol was shot by a former follower, Valerie Solanas. An actress and the founder of the Society for Cutting Up Men, she may have chosen Warhol as the first victim in her plot for destruction of the male, or she might have still been mad at the artist for losing her only copy of Up Your Ass. Valerie Shoots Andy uses "guns, girls, glitter, Methamphetamine, a female assassin and two Andy Warhols" to comically recreate Solanas' murder attempt.
Carson Kreitzer penned Valerie Shoots Andy. She's best known for The Slow Drag, which debuted at the American Place Theatre in 1996 before moving onto acclaim in London's West End in 1998. Other credits include Dead Wait, Take My Breath Away and her current project, Self Defense, being worked on during a residency with Mabou Mines.
Designing Valerie Shoots Andy are Elizabeth Chaney (sets), Lauren Cordes (costumes), Stefan Jacobs (sound) and Colin D. Young (production design). Tickets are $15. The Present Company Theatorium is located at 198 Staton Street at Ridge Street. For reservations, call (212) 420-8877.
— By Christine Ehren