Hip-Hop Themed King Kong Set for NYC SummerStage Festival
01 May 2013
A hip-hop musical adaptation of King Kong, written by Randy Weiner and Alfred Preisser, will play as part of the 2013 SummerStage festival. Directed by Preisser, King Kong will be presented in five public parks from July 30-Aug. 22.
Set in the late 1970s, SummerStage's King Kong celebrates the developing forms of hip-hop music and graffiti art that began in the South Bronx, in keeping with the festival's focus on the evolution of hip-hop over the last 40 years.
Described in press notes as a "music/dance/comedy spectacle that radically subverts everything you thought you knew about one of the most famous love stories of all time," King Kong follows two brothers who embark on a journey in search of a new sound and its greatest performer, who they were told resides in the far-away land of the South Bronx. There they meet a rapper named King Kong.
Weiner and Preisser are no strangers to innovative theatre; Weiner launched the late-night venue the Box, the "theatre of varieties" on Chrystie Street, and is a producer of the immersive theatre project Sleep No More. Mr. Preisser is the founding artistic director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem, as well as a director, writer and producer.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.