Theatre de Complicite was nominated for six Tony Awards the last time they performed on Broadway. That was for The Chairs, a hit in the 1998 season. The British company returns with the 1999 London Drama Critics Award winner Mnemonic, running March 22-May 24 at the John Jay College Theater.
Tony-nominated director Simon McBurney (The Chairs) directed and conceived the play, an exploration of memory. Among the interconnected stories (that merely seem unconnected) are a media circus involving the discovery of a 5,000-year-old Ice Man on the Austrian-Italian border and the journey of a woman searching through Eastern Europe for the father she never knew.
Mnemonic stars Katrinn Cartlidge ("Naked," "Career Girls"), McBurney, Tim McMullan, Kostas Philippoglou, Catherine Schaub Abkarian and Daniel Wahl.
McBurney is artistic director of Theatre de Complicite, who received critical acclaim for their production of The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol, which was brought to Lincoln Center's Summer Festival two seasons ago. McBurney received a 1997 Olivier Award for his production of Brecht's The Caucasian Chalk Circle at London's Royal National Theatre, where Mnemonic enjoyed a sold out engagement before transferring to New York.
Tickets are $55. The John Jay College Theater is located at 899 Tenth Avenue between 58th and 59th Streets. For reservations, call (212) 239-6200. — By Christine Ehren