2015 MacArthur Fellow Will Bring World Premiere to NY in October | Playbill

News 2015 MacArthur Fellow Will Bring World Premiere to NY in October The Abrons Arts Center will present the world premiere of puppet artist and director Basil Twist's Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds next month. Basil Twist was announced Sept. 29 as one of the recipients of the MacArthur "Genius" Grants.

Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds, a dark, "spooktacular" musical, runs Oct. 1-31. Commissioned for the 100th anniversary of the Abrons Playhouse, it stars Joey Arias and Julie Atlas Muz.

The show celebrates the Playhouse's founders Alice and Irene Lewisohn, who paved the way for producing avant-garde theatre between 1915-28. Their vision has provided a platform for the most influential experimental artists of the last century, including Martha Graham, Orson Welles Aaron Copland, John Cage, Lou Reed, Philip Glass and more.

Twist's Sisters’ Follies: Between Two Worlds sees the siblings return to haunt the theatre 100 years later.

The show also features performances by Kate Brehm, Lute Breuer, Chris De Ville, Ben Elling, Jonothon Lyons, Katie Melby, David Ojala, Jessica Scott, Rachael Shane, Ashley Winkfield.

The production will have lighting design by Poe Saegusa, costume design by Machine Dazzle, sound design by A-Key, projection design by Daniel Brodie and Thomas Wilfred's CLAVILUX Recreation by Joshua Light Show. Musical direction and arrangements are by Wayne Barker and will be performed live by Joshua Samuels, Art Bailey, Fred Rose and George Rush. The MacArthur Grants award unrestricted fellowships to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits as well as a capacity for self-direction. As one of four 2015 fellow, Twist is the recipient of a $625,000 stipend paid in quarterly installments over five years. Watch the MacArthur foundation's video profile of the New York-based artist. 

The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand St, Manhattan. To purchase tickets visit AbronArtsCenter or phone (212) 352-3101.

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