Americana Absurdum, Hit at Two Fringes, Reaches London May 11

News   Americana Absurdum, Hit at Two Fringes, Reaches London May 11
Brian Parks' satirical send up on all things Stateside, Americana Absurdum, which has emerged triumphant from both the New York International Fringe Festival and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, will embark upon a long-anticipated London berth on May 11.

The two-part work (the play began at the Lower East Side's now-defunct Nada as two separate works, Vomit and Roses and Wolverine Dream) will enjoy an eight-week run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, 51 53 Southwark Street.

John Clancy, former artistic director of The Present Company and founder of the New York International Fringe Festival, will direct an ensemble which includes many members of the original cast, including David Calvitto, Leslie Farrell, Jody Lambert, Paul Urcioli, Nancy Walsh—actors known primarily in New York circles for their devotion to Parks' work.

Otherwise, the performers, director and playwright have enjoyed their greatest successes overseas. Clancy has won three Edinburgh Fringe First Awards, a Herald Angel Award and Best Director Award earlier this year at the Adelaide Festival in Australia. Calvitto won a 2002 Stage Best Actor in Edinburgh and Walsh won the Edinburgh 2002 Jack Tinker Spirit of the Fringe. Absurdum won Parks' play a Fringe First Award at the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe.

Also in the cast are Bill Coelius, Eva van Dok, Brian Dykstra and Matt Oberg, Paul Urcioli, Nancy Walsh.

The run will end, appropriately enough, on July 4. Producing are David Babani and Clancy Productions. Vomit tells of a suburban family trying to save their funeral parlor from a corporate takeover, while Mother extols the virtues of evisceration, Perth debates his school's prom theme of "Literary Criticism," and Kea still waits for a boy—any boy—to ask her out. The characters in Wolverine Dream are all brought together by filing a wrongful death suit after an airliner crash. Three talking suits, two genetic clowns, two leprechaun legal assistants, and a wolverine all fight for their rights while a airline lawyer argues that it's the passengers fault they're all dead.

Parks last summer resigned his job as theatre editor of The Village Voice to more actively pursue his playwriting career.

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