When the citizens of the New-York-esque Metropolis were in trouble, they turned to Superman. When the citizens of New-York-esque Gotham City were in trouble, they turned to Batman (and Robin). So when the citizens of New-York-esque New York City are in trouble, whom do they turn to?
Alberto, the gardener!
At least according to playwright Crystal Field in her new comedy Biotech, which premiered at Lower East Side's Theatre for the New City Aug. 5 and ends its tour of the five boroughs Sept. 17. All performances are free.
In Biotech, mad scientists have genetically aligned a man's penis and a potato in a hybrid, known as Dick Tater, that will take over the world. The seed for this mixed breed mutant is planted in the Esperanza Garden (on Suffolk Street). It's up to the plant-talking Dr. Doo-Lily Alberto, whose was born in the garden, to save the city and all of mankind.
Field also directs her sci-fi phenomenon which will be TNC's 22nd annual street theater production. The multi-faceted Field is also currently the artistic director of the TNC, which she co-founded in 1970. Her first work Mama Liberty's Bicentennial Party (1976) ran as the TNC Street Theatre piece for that year. She has written a new work for the company each year.
Music for Biotech was composed and arranged by Joseph-Vernon Banks. Costume design by Alessandra Nichols. For more information call (212) 254-1109 or visit the TNC site.
-- by Ernio Hernandez