Sunday, January 18, 2009

An Ontological Night At The Opera

This goes under the category of must-see performances. For the first time ever, the unbridled and unpredictable geniuses Richard Foreman and John Zorn are collaborating on a work of theatre. Foreman has written, directed and designed nearly a hundred plays in New York and around the world. He's received uncountable awards, including five Obie Awards for Best Play of the Year. Zorn is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and producer who has thousands of records to his credit, including those released under his reknowned Tzadik record label. Together, they are busily writing and rehearsing the new play "Astronome: A Night At The Opera" which opens at Foreman's Ontological Theater in downtown Manhattan on February 5. According to Foreman's hysterical press release, "Astronome" is a work dominated by ecstatic groans, grunts and babbling, and explores the initiation of a group of people into a world where ambiguous behavior alone leads to freedom. I do not know what that means, but if anyone can make sense of it, it's Richard Foreman.

In one more unprecendented move from the two iconoclasts, they are live streaming their rehearsal process each Wednesday until the play opens. Live video is available on free103point9 every Wednesday until the end of January, 10am - 4:30pm, New York time. This play cannot be extended and is very unlikely to ever tour. If you are in or around NYC before April 5, see it.

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