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The Evening

Written and directed by

Richard Maxwell / New York City Players

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Sometimes reality looks like a fake copy of itself, as if all the elements and details that usually give it weight have lost their ballast, and they tremble, threatened by a sense of their impending disappearance. The Evening is part of a triptych inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. In this play written and directed by Richard Maxwell, one of the most talented American playwrights of his generation, three characters – a barmaid/prostitute, a cage fighter and a corrupt manager – discuss their future, fight, and play with their destiny, while a rock group plays melancholic songs. The neatly-chiselled dialogue flows into folk-rock songs; the characters seem somehow aware they are merely roles; and everything that happens on stage seems both real and unreal at once, caught in the murky, ambiguous waters of theatrical performance. Beatrice, the heroine of the play, talks about her “suffocating dreams,” in which she feels caught “between two worlds,” and the dreams won’t allow her to step into either one. While Richard Maxwell was writing The Evening, his father was dying. And though the story that unfolds on stage is coloured by a sense of loss, three different ways of existing in the world are played out by the characters, with all their contradictions, from the banal to the astonishing. The Evening resounds like an elegy, yet despite everything, it is flashed through with the joy of being alive.

12-19 October 2016

In association with Le Festival d’Automne à Paris

Written and directed by

Richard Maxwell / New York City Players

Cast

Cammisa Buerhaus (Béatrice), Jim Fletcher (Cosmo), Brian Mendes (Asi)

Musicians

James Moore, Andie Springer, David Zuckerman

Set and Light Design

Sascha van Riel

Costume Design

Kaye Voyce

Technical Director

Dirk Stevens

Technical Director SFX

Bill Kennedy

Producer/Stage Manager

Regina Vorria

Dramaturgy

Molly Grogan

Original Music by

Richard Maxwell, arranged by the musicians

Performance times

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 8pm

Thursday 7:30pm

Sunday 3:30pm

Running time

1 hour

Auditorium

Grande salle

Language

In English with French subtitles