Studio 42

in association with
The Culture Project
present

Redbird

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman

Directed by Isaac Butler

 

45 Bleecker Theater - 45 Below
45 Bleecker St. & Lafayette, NYC

Tickets: (212) 352.3101 or www.theatermania.com

www.studio-42.org

 

March 20 - April 5, 2003

 

Set Design ANDREW THOMPSON

Lighting Design MICHAEL K. BERELSON

Sound Design BRIAN PJ CRONIN

Costume Design GREG CLIMER

Stage Manager BIANCA MARGIOTTA

 

Starring

Hannah Bos, Abe Goldfarb, Bradford Louryk, Alexa Scott-Flaherty

Paul Thureen, and Phoebe Ventouras

 

 

A play of twelve subterranean scenes, REDBIRD is a modern urban tale that weaves a tapestry of contemporary stories, legends and archetypes. Set exclusively in the New York City subway system at different hours of the day, the setting is both background and foreground, both circumstance and catalyst.

With a gifted team of actors to enliven the vignettes, REDBIRD explodes into a theatrical work that is alternately uproarious and morose, and most things in between. While the ensemble pieces are almost entirely more satisfying and better constructed than the solos, the one-person pieces do give the actors the chance to showcase their respective talents.

A virtual romance with the underground, REDBIRD, as envisioned by author Chapman, is a place where hopeful artists, maimed homeless, religious pilgrims, lost souls and horny passengers can exist in an unlikely, yet relative harmony. One of the best scenes depicts the subway as a mechanical Moby Dick, and a mad beggar (Abe Goldfarb) as a latter day Ahab. Quite inventive stuff, this.

While at two hours with no intermission REDBIRD is a tad too long, it is not an unpleasant ride. If you have yet to set the burgeoning Studio 42 in action, here’s a great chance.

- Kessa De Santis -

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