Soho Rep Slate Includes Anne Washburn Premiere and Site-Specific Laundromat Play

News   Soho Rep Slate Includes Anne Washburn Premiere and Site-Specific Laundromat Play
 
The Off-Broadway company Soho Rep has announced details of its 2014-15 season, which will include a world-premiere commission from Anne Washburn and a site-specific work that will transform an abandoned Brooklyn storefront into a laundromat.

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The season will open with the U.S. premiere of debbie tucker green's generations (Sep 30–Oct 26). Leah C. Gardiner will direct the co-production with The Play Company. According to Soho Rep, generations "invites the audience into a welcoming, fragrant kitchen to hear green’s fierce text along with exuberant music written and arranged by Bongi Duma (The Lion King) and performed by a 12-person South African community chorus." Audience members will be invited to share South African food, music and dance following each performance.

Created by Marcus Youssef and James Long, Winners and Losers will follow (Jan. 2–Feb. 1, 2015). Chris Abraham directs the piece in which the creators "sit at a table and play an invented game called 'winners and losers.' They name people, places or things—Pamela Anderson, microwave ovens, their fathers, Goldman Sachs, Mexico — pronouncing each one winner or loser. Their game turns both personal and epic as they mercilessly dissect each other's families, backgrounds and life choices."

Washburn's 10 Out of 12 will be directed by Les Waters (May–June 2015). It features a company of 14 who become "engaged in the very peculiar—and peculiarly impossible—task of making a new play. Based on notes Washburn took during her past tech rehearsals, this Soho Rep. world premiere commission directed by Les Waters is a wry and absorbing look at how work forms us and deforms us."

In March 2015 Soho Rep will present Washeteria, a site-specific production created by designer Louisa Thompson. Here's how it's billed: "This unique pilot project is created with second grade students at Brooklyn Arbor PS 414 and is performed for an all-age audiences in a vacant South Williamsburg storefront, transformed into a fantastical laundromat."

Artists enlisted to create theatrical "episodes" the length of a wash cycle, are César Alvarez, Charise Castro Smith and Adrienne Kapstein. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street. Visit sohorep.org.

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