No Dice began performances Dec. 6 and officially opened Dec. 8 at 66 White Street, the former site of Sydney's Playground, a 6,000-square foot indoor playground. In the wake of positive critical response, No Dice added additional performances extending its run into the New Year. Upon its closing, the limited engagement will have played 16 performances.
Conceived and directed by Nature Theater founders Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, No Dice "is culled from over 100 hours of taped telephone conversations with actors, friends and family about their jobs, personal problems, aspirations and dreams… An epic of the everyday blown to transcendental proportions. The company filters the material of their own lives though the conventions of amateur dinner theater to arrive at a uniquely mind-altering experience," according to press materials. Sustenance for the four-hour comedy is provided to the audience in the form of sandwiches made by the production's directors.
The No Dice company includes Anne Gridley, Thomas Hummel, Robert M. Johanson, Zachary Oberzan and Kristin Worrall. Music for the production is by Lumberob and Kristin Worrall, with production design by Peter Nigrini.
No Dice was commissioned by Soho Rep in 2006; the production later played the 2007 Under-the-Radar Festival while still in development. No Dice has also been presented at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival; in Portland, Oregon; and in Holland, Austria, Germany and Belgium.
Following the Soho Rep engagement, No Dice is slated for runs in Columbus, OH; Norway and Belgium throughout 2008. The Nature Theater of Oklahoma's mission is to explore and push the definitions of what is theatre and what is performance. No Dice has been performed in various performance spaces including an abandoned Rite Aid, a hotel conference room and traditional theatres.
Further information is available by visiting www.sohorep.org.