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News Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo Premieres at the Public Theater Sept. 10 The world premiere of Elevator Repair Service's Arguendo, which loosely dramatizes the Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre – challening a ban on public nudity – begins performances Off-Broadway Sept. 10 at the Public Theater.

Arguendo, directed by John Collins, will officially open Sept. 24 and will run through Oct. 6.

The cast features Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Susie Sokol and Ben Williams.

After a critically-praised, extended run of Gatz at the Public, ERS returns with what is billed as "a playful riff on the 1991 Supreme Court case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In this provocative case, a group of exotic dancers, citing the First Amendment, challenged a ban on public nudity. ERS stages the oral argument of the case verbatim with their signature theatricality, wit and physical precision. The production design features a breathtaking swirl of animated text projections by celebrated visual artist, Ben Rubin who designed The Public’s Shakespeare Machine."

The production has set design by David Zinn, lighting design by Mark Barton, costume design by Jacob A. Climer, sound design by Matt Tierney and projection design by Ben Rubin.

Arguendo was co-commissioned by The Public Theater; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage; and Wexner Center for the Arts at The Ohio State University. For tickets phone (212) 967-7555 or visit PublicTheater. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street in Manhattan.

Ben Williams and Susie Sokol
Ben Williams and Susie Sokol Photo by Rob Strong

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