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Elevator Repair Service: The Sound and the Fury (April seventh, 1928)

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Mar 17, 2008
Mar 17, 2008
Segal Theater

Join us for an evening exploring the work of New York theatre company Elevator Repair Service (ERS). The company will present an excerpt from their new stage adaptation of the first section of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, premiering this spring at New York Theatre Workshop. Followed by a dialogue exploring the excitement and challenge of modernist literary adaptation. Discussants will include John Collins, Sara Jane Bailes, Morris Dickstein, and David Savran. Moderated by Julie Bleha. In collaboration with New York Theatre Workshop and the Center for Humanities, The Graduate Center, CUNY.

The Sound and the Fury (April Seventh, 1928) will be the culmination of an eighteen month development period. ERS mines Faulkner’s complex story of a tragically undone Mississippi family through dynamically staged scenes, readings from the novel, choreography and richly layered design.

Elevator Repair Service creates original theatre productions composed of a wide range of subjects and sources. Through an ongoing collaboration among a close-knit group of actors and designers and founding director John Collins, the company creatively translates images and narratives from other media into live performances for intimate spaces. www.elevator.org

John Collins founded ERS in 1991 with Mr. Antipyrine, Fire Extinguisher. John’s work with ERS and the Wooster Group has been seen across the US and Europe, earning numerous awards and distinctions.

Ben Williams, Mike Iveson
Photo by Ariana Smart Truman

David Savran, Distinguished Professor, Executive Officer of the Ph. D. Program in Theatre at the Graduate Center, CUNY. Major publications include: Breaking the Rules: The Wooster Group (1988) and In Their Own Words: Contemporary American Playwrights (1988).

Sara Jane Bailes is a writer, artist, and lecturer in Theatre and Performance at the University of Sussex. She specializes in collaborative experimental theatre practice in the US and Europe and is currently finishing a book on contemporary theatre and the poetics of failure.

Morris Dickstein, Director Emeritus, The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY. His books include Gates of Eden, which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism; Double Agent: The Critic and Society; and Leopards in the Temple.

Julie Bleha is a dramaturg, director, and educator, holding an M.A. in Text & Performance Studies from King’s College, London/RADA, and is finishing her dissertation at Columbia on collaborative NYC theatre companies.

6:30 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2008, Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!