By Michael Gioia
08 Dec 2011
Gorilla Rep offers free productions, which feature the work of classic playwrights, to venues all over the city.
The 2012 season will include Broken and Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal, which will both premiere at the Times Square International Theatre Festival (Jan. 16-22); as well as Miss Julie, which will kick off Gorilla's Roy Arias Theater residency in February.
Broken, a co-production with Kentucky Repertory Theatre, is a play by Walter May, which centers on two diverse people whose paths accidentally cross. According to press notes, "When the unstable, yet unusually compelling, homeless woman confronts a lonely man at a city waterfront, they reveal to one another the road that led them on their journey and together search for a reason to hope for the future."
Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal, under the direction of Sanderson, was originally created in early 2011 with the help of a Fulbright grant and was given a workshop production at Kentucky Rep in November 2011. The show is a musical retelling of the story of Georg Büchner's classic tale of repression and angst for the Occupy Wall Street generation. Woyzeck Musical Deathmetal, according to Gorilla Rep, "adds Weimar-era panache and humor to this wild and whirling tale, using masks, puppets, folk, acapella and death metal music to track the main character's descent into madness and murder."
August Strindberg's Miss Julie is the "classic story of the oppressed, young and beautiful noblewoman who has an affair with her father's servant, leading to passion, revelation, abandon and suicide." Exclusively commissioned for Gorilla Rep, Miss Julie has been updated by Chicago playwright Penny Penniston.
At Roy Arias Theaters, Gorilla Rep will be revolving its theatrical line-up on a monthly basis. Some of its productions will be remounts of fan favorites, and the company will also prepare for free summer shows with theatrical workshops.
For more information, visit www.gorillarep.org.