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Erin Courtney/Adhesive Theater Project

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Friday, October 5, 2012
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The Service Road

Adhesive Theater

Photo by Cory Einbinder


A violent storm of mythic proportions hits Prospect Park. The once peaceful service road turns strange and even savage as a nature guide attempts to find a lost child. On her quest she meets the denizens of one of the few natural places left in a large city. The nature guide is a modern day Hercules – very strong, very loyal, a little thick, and trying to do penance for a very bad thing she had done when she was out of her mind. Obie award winning playwright (Map of Virtue) Erin Courtney examines what it means to be of service and the true nature of forgiveness. Meghan Finn seamlessly blends Erin’s sparse poetic language with the highly visual multi-media spectacle that you’ve come to expect from Adhesive Theater Project. With the introduction of a bunraku-video puppet and Michael Riccio’s gravity defying set, Adhesive Theater Project once again proves why our work is described as: “Nothing short of extraordinary!”

Artists involved: Erin Courtney (Playwright), Meghan Finn (Director), Mike Riccio (Set Designer), Sue Brandt (Lighting Designer), Cory Einbinber (Video and Puppet Designer, Performer), and Kalle Macrides (Performer)

Lead artist: ADHESIVE THEATRE PROJECT has been developing original, multi-media productions and play adaptations steeped in spectacle. Our productions include: Chantecler at Teatro LA TEA, praised by The New York Times as “especially memorable…creative, interesting, witty”; NOIR by Kalle Macrides, hailed as “ingeniously designed” by BackStage; Spring Awakening at Center Stage, hailed as “Nothing short of extraordinary” by nytheater.com; I, Object! at The Brick, an ensemble created piece described by nytheater.com as a “shape-shifting visual feast”; Les Mauvais Garçon by Jake Hooker, which had the honor of being included in the Best of the American Living Room Series at HERE Arts Center; The Battles of Coxinga at the Piano Store, “genuinely succeeds” praised the Village Voice, as well as workshop productions of R.U.R.: A Futurist Folk Opera by Cory Einbinder and Joel Griffin at Spring Theatreworks; Hysteria: HYSTERIA by Jake Hooker at The Stable; and Kirby, an ensemble written superhero deconstruction, presented at Nada. We have also devised various events in and around Brooklyn, including the Brooklyn Robot Parade and the Farmyard Puppet Workshop. Adhesive Theater Project is generously supported by the New York State Council on the Arts, the Department of Cultural Affairs, J. P. Morgan Chase regrant program administered by the Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc. (BAC), The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, and The Rodney Corporation. Adhesive Theater Project is a proud member of the Alliance of Resident Theatres New York, ART/NY and has been selected for WNYC’s Salute The Arts STAR Initiative Program. An article on our live video tracking system for the stage, Within A Frame, was published in Live Design Magazine (Dec. 2009). Our adaptation of Chikamatsu Monzaemon’s The Battles of Coxinga will be published in Performing Resistance in Dutch Formosa by Harrassowitz Publishing House later this year. Adhesive Theater Project is currently a resident company of the New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

Adhesive Theater Project is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit theater company dedicated to collaborating with professional artists of all disciplines, particularly those with a non-theatrical background – from Fashion Designers to Blues Musicians, Engineers to Illustrators. By challenging these artists to work in the theater we create new perspectives for live performance. By integrating live music, visual arts, metaphor, and narrative storytelling, we create epic experiences that excite the audience’s imagination.

Upcoming: Premieres at New York College of Technology January 11, 2013


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