PLAYBILL PLAYLIST: Pippin's Ariana DeBose and Benjamin Rauhala Pick Performances That Defy "Type"
07 Aug 2014
Madonna. Consistently reinventing her image and her music and defying labels, Madonna is the quintessential queen of typing herself in and out. Whether she's a blonde or brunette — whether starting her own sexual revolution or simply enjoying being a material girl — whether singing R&B with Babyface, dirty pop with Justin Timberlake or with musical theatre bravado in "Evita," Madonna is constantly defying expectations and asking challenging questions with her work.
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.