Art, Life & Show-Biz Revisit Off-Broadway, April 18-May 16

News   Art, Life & Show-Biz Revisit Off-Broadway, April 18-May 16
Two-time Tony-winning musical comedy star Helen Gallagher, Ridiculous Theatrical Company alum Lola Pashalinski and British-born Merce Cunningham dancer Valda Setterfield join playwright Ain Gordon again this spring, as the 2003 P.S. 122 show Art, Life & Show-Biz plays an encore at Fez.

The piece, created by Gordon, first ran Jan. 3-26, 2003. The new Fez dates are April 18-May 16.

The work is constructed from interviews conducted by Gordon with the three women. Gordon himself, who won an Obie Award for his play Wally's Ghost, appears as master of ceremonies. The piece is meant to be a "tribute to a life in the theatre" and draw on "true stories, myths and outright lies of the famous, the infamous, the forgotten and the unknown."

The three actress' careers encompass the worlds of Broadway, the avant garde and ballet. Gallagher won her two Tony Awards for Pal Joey and No, No Nannette. Other credits include the original productions of Sweet Charity, Mame, The Pajama Game, Brigadoon and High Button Shoes.

Pashalinski has worked under such forces in experimental theatre as Richard Foreman, Anne Bogart and Joanne Akalitis, but she is best known for her 13 years of work with Charles Ludlum and his Ridiculous Theatrical Company. She won Obies for both Corn and Der Ring Gott Farblonjet. Lately, she's been seen on Broadway (Fortune's Fool) and Playwrights Horizons (The Wax).

Setterfeld was born in England and has danced for Mikhail Baryshnikov and Merce Cunningham. She also appeared in Gordon's The Family Business, winning an Obie. Audiences should expect to hear tales of Jerome Robbins, Bob Fosse, Woody Allen, Jean Michael Basquiat, Agnes de Mille, Brian de Palma and John Cage.

Tickets are $20. Fez is located at 380 Lafayette Street. For information and reservations call (212) 533-2680.

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