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