The Wooster Group has announced return dates for its latest "work-in progress," House/Lights, Oct.3-Oct 25.
House/Lights 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 this January.
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 (of the singing Roche sisters and "Crossing Delancey" fame), 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 experimental Performance Group, consists of Jim Clayburgh, Willem Dafoe, Spalding Gray, Elizabeth LeCompte, Peyton Smith and Kate Valk. 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, Oct. 3-25. Tickets cost $20, reservations can be made by calling (212) 966- 3651.
-- By Sean McGrath