Americana Absurdum to Play P.S. 122 June 11-25

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23 Jan 2006

Brian Parks' satirical send-up on all things Stateside, Americana Absurdum, will return to New York June 11-25. Its venue is P.S. 122.



Though the lightning-fast satire has been seen several times on Gotham stages since it was first born a decade ago, the internationally recognized P.S. 122 may provide it with its most high-profile presentation yet.

The two-part work began at the Lower East Side's now-defunct Nada as two separate works, Vomit and Roses and Wolverine Dream. It was produced as a single play at the first New York International Fringe Festival. More recently, it played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a London run.

John Clancy, former artistic director of The Present Company and founder of the New York International Fringe Festival.

Americana will play in rep with another former Fringe hit, The Complete Lost Works of Samuel Beckett.

Vomit tells of a suburban family trying to save their funeral parlor from a corporate takeover. While Mother extols the virtues of evisceration, Perth debates his school's prom theme of "Literary Criticism," and Kea still waits for a boy—any boy—to ask her out. The characters in Wolverine Dream are all brought together by filing a wrongful death suit after an airliner crash. Three talking suits, two genetic clowns, two leprechaun legal assistants, and a wolverine all fight for their rights while a airline lawyer argues that it's the passengers' fault they're all dead.

Parks' other plays include Goner and Suspicious Package.