World Premiere of The Downtown Loop Opens at 3LD Art and Technology Center Oct. 23
By Carey Purcell
The world premiere of Ben Gassman's The Downtown Loop officially opens at 3LD Art and Technology Center Oct. 23 following preview performances that began Oct. 15.
Performances continue through Nov. 16.
Directed by Meghan Finn, the cast includes Greg Carere, Keelie A. Sheridan (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom), Sarah Mollo-Christensen (The Taming of the Shrew), Mia Jessup, Robert Metz, Sam Soghor (Gimme the Loot) and Anthony Polat.
"Set in the streets of 21st Century Manhattan, The Downtown Loop takes the audience on a poignant and hilarious virtual bus tour evoking nostalgia for what may or may not have been," press notes state. "Gentrification, economic revitalization and the ceaseless buzzing activity that keeps Manhattan on the leading edge is explored through the eyes of the people the City leaves behind. Day in, day out, a Tour Guide leads a double-decker bus tour through Manhattan below 59th St., filled with his (and our) small excitements and disappointments. His enthusiasm ebbs and flows with the enthusiasm of his charges, especially the interest foreign women show in his routine and in him. Time passes, the tourists change, but the tour doesn't."
The creative team includes Jared Mezzocchi (video design), Dave Ogle (set design), Sarah Johnston (lighting design), Emily Blumenauer (costume design), Jon Bernstein (sound design) and Allison Lyman (dramaturg).
3-Legged Dog produces new, original works in theatre, performance, media and hybrid forms. Their mission is to "explore the new narrative possibilities created by digital technology, and to provide an environment for artists to create new tools and modes of expression so that they can excel across a range of disciplines."
The Downtown Loop is included in the 3-Legged Dog's 3LD/3D+ program. The live production will be filmed in 2D and 3D for submission to international film festivals and eventual worldwide distribution.
For more information, visit 3ldnyc.org.
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