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In Performance: Saturn Nights (NYC)

Saturn Nights
the longest lunch
January 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
Feb 1, 3, 4, 5 8pm

Incubator Arts Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street
(at 2nd Avenue)
New York, NY 10003
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Linda’s just come home and Dad is still comatose near a mysterious hole in the backyard. When daughter Dallas climbs down to get a better look at what’s happening underground, the inevitable chain reaction of events rocks her dying religious community to its core. Saturn Nights is a meditation on longing, examining ideas of national, sexual and personal identity across a surreal and particularly American topography. Intensely familiar and grotesque characters drawn from the stock of the American media machine expose the fragility of those at the margins in the face large groups and loud voices. Barbagallo’s vast, visually and aurally detailed landscapes occasion sound and video design that integrate grit and squalor with lyric elegance. The domestic, humorous and at times obscene vocabulary articulates a world that is political without being pedantic, and pushes the limits of theatrical storytelling.

Saturn Nights features Kristen Sieh (The TEAM), Anna Foss Wilson and Rachel Murdy (originated roles in the New York hit The Donkey Show), Emily Davis (Half Straddle), Laryssa Husiak (Theater of a Two-Headed Calf), Joe Gregori (Target Margin), Lucy Alibar (New Georges writer and 2010 Sundance winner), Nic Grelli (Labyrinth), LaToya Lewis (The Octoroon), Greg Zuccolo (Nurses in New England).

Sound Design by Bessie Award winner Chris Giarmo (Big Dance Theater) who the NY Times calls “multi-talented” and Culturebot calls “Fantastic”, Lighting by Paul Toben (Story of My Life on Broadway), Set Design by Mary Chan (Corina Copp’s Waltz), Video by Jared Mezzocchi (Big Art Group), Costumes by Mike Deangelis (Nurses in New England). The production is directed by Meghan Finn (associate director of Soho Rep’s Blasted).

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Caden Manson is a director, media artist, and teacher. He is co-founder of the media ensemble bigartgroup.com and network, blog, and publisher, contemporaryperformance.com. He has co-created, directed, video- and set designed 18 Big Art Group productions. Manson has shown video installations in Austria, Germany, NYC, and Portland; performed PAIN KILLER in Berlin, Singapore and Vietnam; Taught in Berlin, Rome, Paris, Montreal, NYC, and Bern; the ensemble has been co-produced by the Vienna Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris, Hebbel Am Ufer, Rome’s La Vie de Festival, PS122, and Wexner Center for The Arts. Caden is a 2001 Foundation For Contemporary Art Fellow, is a 2002 Pew Fellow and a 2011 MacDowell Fellow. Writing has been published in PAJ, Theater Magazine, and Theater der Zeit. Caden is currently an associate professor and graduate directing option coordinator of The John Wells Directing Program at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama.

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