NYC-based contemporary dance company The Chase Brock Experience has set its first performance following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Big Shot, playing a six-performance limited engagement Off-Broadway at Theatre Row, will begin December 9.
The dance narrative follows a drive-in restaurant inspired by Brock's of Hendersonville—which Brock's family operated in North Carolina from 1949 to 1972—through three generations and two different families and their struggle to achieve the American Dream.
Get a sneak peek at rehearsals of Big Shot in the video above.
“This is a story about my great grandfather, Strawberry Brock, who founded a restaurant, an ice cream bar that became an iconic mid-century drive-in,” shares Brock. “My grandfather, Bill, was the manager. My grandmother, Jo, worked occasionally as a waitress. My dad worked there some as a teenager, and it really focuses on my dad's high school years. But it felt like, it wasn't enough to just tell my family's story. So we have two families that we're working on.”
The new work, which continues through December 12, is directed and choreographed by Brock and company member Travante S. Baker.
The choreography is set to a brand-new score of 1960s-inspired pop songs from famed jingle composer Paul Libman, with lyrics by Gary Apple, Rob Berliner, Jack Lechner, Mary Liz McNamara, Mark Pierce, and Libman. The piece is danced by Jane Abbott, Cemiyon Barber, Ryan Fitzgerald, Lauryn Hayes, Brian Letendre, Skye Mattox, Jared McAboy, and Sara Elizabeth Seger.
Prior to the Theatre Row performances, the work will have its world premiere at North Carolina's The Wilson Center, which commissioned and developed the piece, November 11. Shiloh Goodin, Grant Howard, Erin Moore, and Reed Tankersley serve as understudies for the two world-premiere performances.
The production also features scenic design by Dane Laffrey, costume design by Laffrey and Brock, and lighting design by Brian Tovar.
For tickets and more information, visit TheatreRow.org.