Nature Theater of Oklahoma Plans 11-Hour Marathon Play Life and Times for Soho Rep-Under the Radar Fest

By Adam Hetrick
October 3, 2012

Soho Rep's upcoming fall-winter season will include the Nature Theater of Oklahoma's marathon work, Life and Times: Episodes 1-4, which will be staged at the Public Theater as part of the 2013 Under the Radar Festival, as well as playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury's We Are Proud to Present a Presentation…



We are Proud to Present a Presentation… will run Nov. 7-Dec. 2 at Soho Rep in a new environmental staging under the direction of Eric Ting. Drury is a member of Soho Rep's 2011-12 Writer/Director Lab. The work had its world premiere at Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater earlier this year. Casting will be announced shortly.

In the play, according to Soho Rep, "a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little-known first genocide of the 20th Century—and land in an exploration that hits closer to home."

The production will have set design by Mimi Lien, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Lenore Doxsee, sound design by Chris Giarmo and projection design by Jeff Larson.

Life and Times: Episodes 1-4, a co-production of Nature Theater of Oklahoma and Burgtheater Wien, will run Jan. 16-Feb. 2, 2013, as part of the Public Theater's annual Under the Radar Festival. The 11-hour production is based on a conversation with actress Kristin Worrall, and can be seen in episodes or on weekend marathon presentations.

Conceived and directed by Nature Theater of Oklahoma artistic directors Pavol Liska and Kelly Copper, Life and Times, according to the creators, "charts one unremarkable person's account of their life, navigating a deep map of memory, from their earliest recollections through present day. The libretto of the work, which will ultimately comprise ten episodes, is a verbatim transcript of ten recorded phone conversations in which the person told their story. Life and Times continues the exploration Nature Theater of Oklahoma has pursued since No Dice: using casual, real-life speech and storytelling as the text for innovative theatrical works, thereby making something extraordinary out of the ordinary."

The cast includes Ilan Bachrach, Elisabeth Conner, Gabel Eiben, Anne Gridley, Matthew Korahais, Julie LaMendola, Alison Weisgall, and Kristin Worrall.

Life and Times has dramaturgy by Florian Malzacher, design by Peter Nigrini and original music by Robert M. Johanson, Julie LaMendola and Daniel Gower.

For tickets to We are Proud to Present a Presentation… at Soho Rep, visit SohoRep. Soho Rep is located at 46 Walker Street in Manhattan.

Tickets to Life and Times go on sale Nov. 27. Phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.