PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Drew Gasparini, Alex Brightman, Andrew Kober, F. Michael Haynie Pick Songs for a New Year
01 Jan 2014
Andrew Kober: "Auld Lang Syne" (Traditional, cover by James Taylor). Cliché? Maybe. But this is the song I always want to hear at 12:01 on Jan. 1. It's a nice reminder heading into a new calendar year that we should take the time to "drink a cup of kindness" in between gulps of champagne. There are thousands of great recordings, but I'm a sucker for James Taylor's version.
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.