|LINAS IS KINSKI, a piece about one of Germany's
most famous actors. Mr. Phillips, a "young turk" from NYU's Experimental
Theater Wing, is "obsessed" (in his own words) with the late crazed
German actor, and in this show, attempts to recreate what it would have
felt like to see Kinski perform live. Beside his movies, which are well-known
to Americans, Kinski is known for his poetry recitals, which sold out large
European stadiums and lasted for hours. Phillips's script, performed overwhelmingly
in English but occasionally in the original German, contains poetry that
Kinski actually performed and texts compiled from interviews Kinski gave.
Klaus Kinski is widely remembered here as a star of Werner Herzog's movies
(notably "Aguirre, Wrath of God") and father of actress Nastassia
Kinski. If you remember Herzog's recreation of the classic film "Nosferatu,"
you'll remember Kinski as the bloodsucker. Phillips, 27, bears a slight
resemblance to Kinski, but is quick to assert that the show is "more
about me identifying somehow with the energy in this performer."
His sources included a recent documentary on Kinski's direction of "Paganini"
(the maniacal German actor was obsessed with the maniacal Italian violinist/composer).
In "Linas is Kinski," sections of the documentary are abstracted
into short movement theater sequences, with Phillips dancing opposite
Larissa Dooley, who plays a composite of several leading ladies Kinsky
appeared with. These include Kinski's last wife, Deborah Kinski, who co-starred
in "Paganini." The play is narrated in video segments by Jim
Fletcher, known for "Cave Man" and Richard Maxwell's shows,
who recently appeared in BAM'S "Henry IV" as King Henry.
Phillips grew up in Boston and graduated from NYU's Experimental Theater
Wing in 1999. He lives in Park Slope. He has performed alternative comedy
shows in NY and Boston since 1997. More recently, he has appeared at Dixon
Place, PS 122's Avant-Garde-a-Rama, Tonic's Little Theater, Galapagos'
Art Space and DTW. His first full ensemble play, "North Wind Turkey
Timber," co-created with Courtney Rutherford, was performed at the
Collapsible Hole in Brooklyn in April, 2003. In May, 2003 he appeared
at the Performing Garage with Scott Shepard in a workshop of "Hamlet,"
playing both Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern. He is currently working with
Thirty Three Fainting Spells, Seattle, on their new show, which will premiere
in May at On the Boards, Seattle.