New York, NY @ 3 Legged Dog Art & Technology Center – June 2nd-14th, 2009
"...impeccable and unforgettable" – AARON RICIO, WHAT SOUNDS COOL
"...jarring emotionally and physiologically" – SUCOSECO
"Theater Mitu certainly is creating a very new style of theatre" – NYTHEATRE.COM
Imagine you awake one morning and don’t know who you are and you have no memories. Your task becomes to construct a life using the evidence that you can find. Such is the work of the actor …and the circumstance of the ensemble in the New York premiere of Theater Mitu’s DR.C (OR HOW I LEARNED TO ACT IN 8 STEPS). This opera in eight parts juxtaposes the physicality of the 1919 silent film THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI against a live score, state-of the art technology, and a new text created from the words of eight of history’s leading acting theorists–Aristotle, Appia, Stanislavski, Brecht, Artaud, Grotowski, Brook, and Bogart–to ask, “what is acting …and why do we care?” It is an unintentional homage to the people and ideas that, for better or for worse, have irrevocably shaped the way we view the art of acting.
TEXT COLLAGE BY: Rubén Polendo and Jocelyn ClarkeDRAMATURGY: Jocelyn ClarkeCHOREOGRAPHED BY: Scott SpahrORIGINAL MUSIC BY: Ellen ReidSET DESIGN: Amy RubinCOSTUME DESIGN: Candida K. NicholsLIGHTING DESIGN: Kate AshtonVIDEO DESIGN: Jake WitlenSOUND DESIGN: Alex HawthornSTAGE MANAGED BY: Hilary AustinMUSICIANS: Jef Evans, Ellen Reid, William ThomasonASSISTANT DIRECTORS: John Robichau, Ben Gullard, Judi Olson
Matthew Carlson, Aysan Celik, Adam Cochran, Emily Davis, Nathan Elam, Marc LeVasseur, Justin Nestor, Laura Stinger, Judi Olson (understudy)
Developed at Sundance White Oak, Robert Wilson’s Watermill Center, New York Theatre Workshop and 3LD Art and Technology Center