The Place We Built Will Play Marilyn Monroe Theatre in December
27 Nov 2013
Presented by The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the Lee Strasberg Creative Center in collaboration with NYU Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Department of Drama, Sarah Gancher's The Place We Built will play the Marilyn Monroe Theatre Dec. 11-14.
The play will be performed by one dozen graduating students from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, directed by Portia Krieger.
Here's how the production is described: "Set in present-day Budapest, The Place We Built concerns the changes in the city's famed 7th district in the early years of the 21st century, as gentrification squeezes out the last traces of the historic Jewish community that flourished there for generations. A play about, as the author notes, 'how living where we do makes us who we are,' Ms. Gancher wrote The Place We Built, having resided in Budapest for a time starting in 2006. Furthermore, the play is being presented at a time of political crisis in Hungary as a new 'right-wing' regime has fostered a rise in anti-Semitism, homophobia, and anti-gypsy sentiment, while it is shutting down organizations it feels represent political opposition."
The Place We Built continues the Clifford Odets Ensemble Play Commission's efforts to expand on the lineage of the Group Theatre and the works of Lee Strasberg and Clifford Odets.
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.