So excited that John Narun was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for his amazing projection design for GOREY. I am so proud to have been given the opportunity to have worked with all the incredibly talented people who made this play come to life. GOOD LUCK JOHN!
Best of luck and safe travels to my terrific LAURA INGALLS WILDER cast as they head out on a national tour.
It was a pleasure directing and getting to know this very talented group of actors!
TIME OUT NEW YORK
The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
will surely draw you in
By David Cote
The men onstage know each other intimately but maintain a respectful, almost shy distance. They range from college-aged to senior citizenry. Yet as they trade observations on childhood, first loves and the pains of growing old, little gestures of affection emerge: a reassuring pat on the shoulder, a hand resting innocently on a knee during a juicy bit of gossip. They might be chatty relatives or an odd trio of roommates. In fact, they are phases of Edward Gorey (1925–2000), the genius illustrator and writer who produced nearly a hundred books over 47 years. Each was meticulously drawn in his signature style of dense cross-hatching, depicting Edwardian gentlemen and neurasthenic feather boa’ed society ladies, plus the occasional menacing urn, smug cat or creeping creature. If, in this fictional portrayal, the man who created that tremulous, midnight realm keeps his own self at arm’s length, it makes sense. “Why be one person when you can be…hundreds?” Gorey 1 (Andrew Dawson) queries. Like Whitman, the camp-gothic bard contained multitudes—and was perfectly happy to be lost in the crowd.
Travis Russ’s lovingly crafted 75-minute play is less concerned with the nitty-gritty of Gorey’s publishing career or his approach to drawing (lots of grumbling and self-criticism) and more with his breezy evasions and elliptical musings on an eccentric, solitary life. A dandyish student at Harvard (his roommate was poet Frank O’Hara), Gorey moved to New York in the 1950s, working in advertising while shopping his weird, cryptic portfolio to magazines. His black-and-white world of tweedy figures and sere landscapes, often captioned with nonsense verse, eventually gained a cult following—a fandom that increased when his art was used in the credit sequence for PBS’s
Never married and self-admittedly asexual, Gorey spent the last 14 years of his life in a rickety ex–sea-captain’s home on Cap Cod. The play, which costars Phil Gillen as a twentyish, moony Gorey and Aidan Sank as the artist in bearded, relatively confident middle years, takes place in an imaginary version of that house, crammed floor to ceiling with all manner of rusty tools or antique toys that Gorey obsessively accumulated. It’s Grey Gardens with a better work ethic. The mood flits gently from whimsical to melancholy and dryly bemused.
For the proud owner of the anthology
and its sequels,
The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey
is a visit to an old friend who always amuses and sometimes surprises. Newcomers, take care: Gorey’s macabre, intricately detailed universe can addict and overwhelm. The man himself was an object lesson.
Sheen Center (
). Written and directed Travis Russ. With Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, Aidan Sank. Running time: 1hr 15mins. No intermission. Through Jan 14. Click
for full ticket and venue information.
The playwright and director Travis Russ has devised a
brilliant solution for dramatizing this contradictory and solitary man: three actors, all of
them excellent and in perfect tune with one another, play the artist simultaneously at three
different ages, delivering a collective autobiographical monologue, sometimes delightedly
affirming each other’s accounts, sometimes gently contradicting them.Read More
What a great opening night with this extraordinary group of people that made this show a reality. I am truly awed by everyone's talent! Bravo.
Here we go....
New York Magazine lists GOREY as on of the top 25 things to do this week in NYC! Previews start today...running through January 14th!
Honored to be a part of the first, developmental reading of Life Jacket Theatre's new and challenging play AMERICA IS HARD TO SEE...
Based on verbatim interviews and archival research, this ground breaking play investigates the lives in and around Miracle Village, a rural community for sex offenders, buried deep in Florida's sugarcane fields.
This uncomfortable and disruptive play tells tough, thoughtful and real stories about darkness, uncertainty and the painful process of healing in small-town America. Seven actors embody over 50 roles including Miracle Village residents, law officials, clergy, and other figures on opposing sides of this controversial community.
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Now on to a successful little run!
|Out front after opening night|
|Howard Johnson scene from GOREY: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey|
|We had a few Doubtful Guests awaiting us in the dressing room!|
The cast of GOREY and choreographer Katie Proulx rehearsing a sequence inspired by the choreography of George Balanchine and the drawings of Edward Gorey.
GOREY: The Secret Lives of Edward Gorey is coming April 30th toHERE Arts Center--tickets and info here:tinyurl.com/goreyplay #goreyplay — with Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, Aidan Sank and Katie Proulx.