||As part of the undergroundzero festival at P.S.122, NU Classic Theatre presents a program of two fragments, Replikas directed by Romanian-born director and professor Niky Wolcz, inspired by the work of Grotowski and his actors.
Replikas of Apocalypsis Cum Figuris & The Constant Prince
This year marks the 50th anniversary since Jerzy Grotowski became the director of the Theatre of 13 Rows in Opole, and the 10th since his death.
In commemoration, NU Classic Theatre is presenting, a program of two fragments inspired by and leaning on the work of Grotowski and his actors. Drawing on the print series by Albrecht Durer of the same name, 'Apocalypsis cum Figuris' was Grotowski and his company's final professional production. A collage of biblical, poetic, and other texts, our homage to this piece depicts seven monks and nuns who in a state of crisis enter into dialogue with seven angels. Grotowski's production of Calderon de la Barca's 'The Constant Prince', which starred Ryszard Cieslak, was one of his most famous productions. Here we present a fragment of Calderon's play, performed in a combination of English and the original Spanish, with an etude from Meyerhold's biomechanics called "The Fool".
Written by: Calderon de la Barca, Ramon Lull, T.S.Eliot, St. John, Buddha, Barryman, C.S.Lewis, F.Kafka, Rumi, and Lou Reed
Directed by: Niky Wolcz
Performed by: Laura Butler, Sanam Erfani, Susan Hyon, Jon Froehlich, Kyle Knauf, Daniel Irizarry, David Skeist, Isaac Woofter.
Assistant Director: Brooke Leigh-Barefoot Bell
The undergroundzero festival is an experimental theatre festival curated by Paul Bargetto, the Artistic Director of East River Commedia, and Collective:Unconscious, a long time presenter of cutting edge performance. This year undergroundzero presents fifteen full productions and five staged readings on both stages of Performance Space 122 July 7 - 26. NU Classic Theater presents Apocalypsis Cum Figuris and The Constant Prince, to commemorate Grotowski and his actors work; with poetry, a state of crisis, a biomechanics etude, and intense physicality.