Wooster Group Leaves the Lights On, Through Nov. 1

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Legendary experimental theatre troupe, The Wooster Group, has announced the extension of its latest "work-in progress", House/Lights, now playing through November 1.

Legendary experimental theatre troupe, The Wooster Group, has announced the extension of its latest "work-in progress", House/Lights, now playing through November 1.

House/Lights, starring Obie-winner Kate Valk, is Wooster's adaptation of Gertrude Stein's avant garde classic, Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights.

The production has been touring major cities in the US and throughout Europe. Stops have included Chicago, Minneapolis, and Copenhagen. House/Lights made its New York debut earlier this year in its first "work-in progress" incarnation.

House/Lights is directed by Elizabeth LeCompte and performed by an ensemble including Kate Valk, Roy Faudree, Ari Fliakos, Karen Lashinsky, Helen Eve Pickett, Suzzy Roche, Sheena See, and Tanya Selvaratnam.

Also featured in the show is original music by Hans Peter Kuhn and John Lurie, lighting design by Jennifer Tipton, video design by Phillip Bussman and Christopher Kondek, sound design by J.J. Johnson and John Collins and set by Jim Findlay. The Wooster Group, formed as an off-shoot of the 60's experimental theatre troupe - The Performance Group, consists of Jim Clayburgh, Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth LeCompte, Peyton Smith, Kate Valk and the late Ron Vawter.

The Group has received numerous awards, including National Endowment, State Arts Council, and the City Department of Cultural Affairs grants. In 1991, the Group was awarded an OBIE, recognizing 15 years of sustained excellence. That same year, director Elizabeth LeCompte received an NEA Distinguished Artists Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement in American Theatre. In 1995, LeCompte received the MacArthur "genius" grant for her work with The Wooster Group.

House/Lights will be playing at Wooster's usual home -- The Performing Garage, now through November 1. Tickets cost $20, reservations can be made by calling (212) 966-3651.

-- By Sean McGrath

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