The Wooster Group's newest work, A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique), helmed by founding member Elizabeth LeCompte, will begin performances at The Performing Garage in New York City this month. The piece is an exploration of iconic Polish avant-garde stage director Tadeusz Kantor, and was developed with the help of his daughter.
A Pink Chair (In Place of a Fake Antique) debuted in Los Angeles at The Roy and Edna Disney/CALARTS Theater April 5–15. The show will begin performances Off-Broadway April 28, fresh off its West Coast run, and is scheduled to play through May 19.
In A Pink Chair, The Wooster Group investigates Kantor's penultimate production, I Shall Never Return, and through it, his lifelong obsession with the myth of the return of Odysseus.
The piece began with a commission from the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland, which asked The Wooster Group to make a piece in honor of Kantor. They then invited his only daughter, Dorota Krakowska, to join them as dramaturg and guide.
LeCompte directs a cast made up of Zbigniew Bzymek, Enver Chakartash, Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Gareth Hobbs, Dorota Krakowska (on video), Erin Mullin, Suzzy Roche, Danusia Trevino, and Kate Valk.
The production features dramaturgy by Krakowska; lighting by Jennifer Tipton and Ryan Seelig; sound and original music by Eric Sluyter and Omar Zubair; video and projections by Robert Wuss; additional video by Zbigniew Bzymek and Wladimiro Woyno; video cueing system development by Andrew Maillet and Wladimiro Woyno; and costumes by Enver Chakartash. Enver Chakartash and Matthew Dipple are assistant directors; Gareth Hobbs is musical director; Erin Mullin is stage manager; Jacob Bigelow is technical director; and Bona Lee is production manager.
For more information and to purchase tickets visit TheWoosterGroup.org.