Previews begin June 21 for the world premiere of new musical In Corpo. Playing Off-Broadway at Theater Row, the work is presented by The Assembly Theater in association with Dutch Kills Theater. Ben Beckley (What The Constitution Means To Me) and Nate Weida's penned the new work which features music by the latter. In Corpo will open June 26.
There's only one corporation left on the planet. Everything seems to be sunshine and rainbows—until a survivor from the outside world named K arrives and challenges the efficient and numbing status quo. Inspired by Franz Kafka's The Castle, Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener, and the artists' own experiences, In Corpo looks at the the seductiveness of technology and how corporations and bureaucracies limit autonomy and self-expression. And it's all set to an electro-folk-funk score.
2017 Lucille Lortel Award winner Jess Chayes directs the musical which stars Beckley alongside RJ Christian, Zoe Siegel, Jessica Frey, Austin Owens Kelly, Monica Ho, Wesley Zurick, Ben Caplan, and Devon Meddock.
The creative team also includes music director Ben Caplan, choreographer lisa nevada, dramaturg Stephen Aubrey, scenic designer Nic Benacerraf, costume designer Kate Fry, sound designer Asa Wember, and lighting designer Mary Ellen Stebbins.
In Corpo received its first workshop in 2017, and has since been developed in residency at Atlantic Theater Company, and had various workshops at Judson Church, WP, Theatre Row, ART/New York, Theaterlab, and Astoria Soundworks. Serving as producers of the world premiere are Meredith Lucio, Emily Caffery, Alley Scott, and Alec Silver.