June 11, 2006

$ellout – That’s What We’re Here For

Filed under: Listings,Press Releases — offoffbway @ 8:38 pm

The Brick Theater, Inc.
a Gemini CollisionWorks production

That’s What We’re Here For (an american pageant)

written, designed, and directed by Ian W. Hill

as part of The $ellout Festival

With That’s What We’re Here For (an american pageant), noted NYC
independent theatre creator and artsy curmudgeon Ian W. Hill joins the
spirit of the $ellout Festival by creating a peppy original (and
sincere, really!) patrotic revue focusing on the history of America
from 1945 to now. A celebration of freedom. A 1970s TV variety show.
A collision of art, industry, irony, and wide-eyed musical numbers.
Robert Wilson meets Up With People. An original play about America,
Money, and God is in there underneath it all, but that’s not important
if you just want to listen to the pretty songs and look at the pretty
pictures . . .

A stock musical-theatre Angel and Devil guide us through two days
(weekday and weekend) in the life of an American family as it goes
about its daily business in an America that is a combination of the
last 60 years into an Eternal Present, relating this story through a
series of musical numbers, tour-de-force theatrical tableaux, slides,
puppetry, and video. This show is a must for all who wish to be better
citizens, and better salesmen! Inoffensive, and a strengthener of one’s
moral character! Any dark undercurrents you may experience are
probably just there as a sop to the theatre critics. Please rise for
the flag salute.

Mr. Hill has, with his company Gemini CollisionWorks, created almost 50
full productions since 1997, by playwrights such as Richard Foreman
(including the world premiere of Foreman’s 1966 farce Harry in Love),
T.S. Eliot, Clive Barker, Mac Wellman, Ronald Tavel, Jeff Goode, Mark
Spitz, and Edward D. Wood, Jr., as well as several original plays by
Hill including, previously at The Brick, the critical and popular 2005
hit World Gone Wrong. He also directed the world premiere of Eugène
Ionesco’s The Viscount (in its first-ever English translation, by Hill
and Berit Johnson). As a designer and technical/artistic consultant he
has worked with many other stage artists, and he has also produced a
number of theatre festivals throughout NYC.

with Gyda Arber, Fred Backus, Danny Bowes, Josephine Cashman*, Maggie
Cino, Jorge Cordova*, Bryan Enk, Stacia French, Ian W. Hill*, Roger
Nasser, Yvonne Roen*, and Alyssa Simon*

The Brick Theater
Sat 6/17 at 7.00 pm / Tue 6/20 at 8.45 pm / Wed 6/21 at 7.00 pm / Fri
6/24 at 3.30 pm / Sun 6/25 at 3.00 pm and 8.30 pm
approximately 2 hours long
575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 11211
½ a block from the Lorimer stop of the L train / Metropolitan stop of
the G train
All tickets $10
Tickets available at the door or through theatermania.com (212-352-3101
or toll-free: 1-866-811-4111)

* Appears Courtesy of Actors Equity

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