Trippin'

January 2 - 12
Thursday - Saturday 10:00pm
Sundays 5:30pm
The Club

written, composed and performed by: David Rodwin
directed by: Victoria Pero
designed by: Andrew Hill


"Trippin'" written, composed and performed by David Rodwin, is a one-man opera with puppets and the latest work by one of the avant-garde's most promising young composer-performers. Directed by Victoria Pero and designed by Andrew Hill, it's a sort of Spalding Gray meets Rinde Eckert.

The work tells a story of a man (Rodwin) driving from Los Angeles to New York and the crazy people he meets along the way. Scenes include Rodwin hitchhiking through Wyoming with a trucker who's desperate to meet God and a wild drug trip/shamanic journey to the Burning Man Festival in Nevada. Overall, the tone is funny, sexy, deep and irreverent. There is storytelling and an eclectic musical score which is as influenced by Massive Attack as it is by John Adams.

The work previewed at the 2002 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and was developed at The Atlantic Center For the Arts (FL) in a four week workshop with Spalding Gray. In an earlier incarnation, it was titled "Monks and Sluts."

David Rodwin has performed his previous one-man opera, "Virtual Motion," at over 20 venues around the U.S. including HERE in NYC. The San Francisco Bay Guardian (Brad Rosenstein), reviewing a Bay Area production in 2000, cited Rodwin's artistic debt to John Moran, Meredith Monk, Robert Wilson, Philip Glass and Rinde Eckert, calling him "an exceptional, inspiring talent" who "points the way to what Opera can become."

Rodwin has had his work performed at Joe's Pub at The Public Theater (NYC), The Aspen Music Festival ("Ecstatic Journey"), Mabou Mines ("The Sound of Waves") and The Disney Co. ("WARNING!: eXplicit Material"). He is now writing a monologue, "Raging Love," which he developed at the Atlantic Center for the Arts under the guidance of Spalding Gray. He grew up in Stamford, CT and studied politics at Princeton, where he also studied composition with Steve Mackey and was music director of the a cappella group, The Tigertones. He studied further at Juilliard and received his Masters in Music from Northwestern University. He has participated in workshops with Spalding Gray, Chuck Mee, and Heather Woodbury and has studied extensively with Anne Bogart.

In 1997, Rodwin participated in ASK Theatre Projects' first Los Angeles Composer-Librettist Studio run by Ben Krywosz. Last year was a busy year: the Eugene O'Neill Music Theatre Conference invited him to collaborate on four new pieces which were presented in New York City at The Duplex and at Joe's Pub, he participated in the Lincoln Center Director's Lab 2001 and the LCDL-West 2000. He was also a composer in the New Dramatists Studio.

Rodwin is Artistic Director and co-founder of Raw Impressions, Inc., which produces intensive workshops where many artists are commissioned to create ten minute pieces in a few days. The group has staged these pieces in numerous one-night stands in The Club at La MaMa during the last two years. Nicky Paraiso, "cultural minister" of The Club at La MaMa, became familiar with Rodwin's work when he appeared in one of Rodwin's workshops at New Dramatists. He is a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild and the American Composer and has received grants from ASCAP, ASK, Meet The Composer and the American Music Center.

Director Victoria Pero staged the pre-Broadway workshop of "The Alchemist" with James Stovall. Recently she directed a new musical, "Consumer Behavior," for the Fringe and a workshop of a new musical, "The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln" with Barbara Walsh, for The Women's Project, David T. King's "Big Cactus," and co-directed the world premiere of Caryl Churchill's "The After Dinner Joke" for Monster(less).

Lighting designer Andrew Hill designs for all of Basil Twist's performances.

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