The New York Premiere of Brazil's Dry Opera Theater Company, "Earth in Trance"
"a daring innovator of form and content...
highly personal and visually beautiful creations"
-- The New York Times
"ingenious and daring... Thomas, togehter with Peter Sellars and Robert Wilson, makes up that trio of wild boys who have been shaking and moving European and American theatre for the last decade."
-- The Independent
"He is a poet in the theater "
-- Philip Glass
La MaMa E.T.C. presents the New York Premiere of Brazil’s Dry Opera Theater
Company in EARTH IN TRANCE. This highly stylized comedy is written and directed by
avant garde legend Gerald Thomas. The original Brazilian cast, which includes Fabiana
Gugli and puppeteer Juliano Antunes, will premiere Thomas’ new English language
translation of the piece.
EARTH IN TRANCE orbits around a diva who is trapped in her dressing room. While she
slowly goes mad, she tells her life story to a swan who lives back stage. Descending into
madness, she never stops feeding the animal “for foie gras purposes.”
Described by The New York Times as “the eternal enfant terrible of Brazilian theater”
Gerald Thomas has established a reputation as a visionary director of the avant garde
while working in collaboration with artists including Samuel Beckett, Heiner Muller and Philip
Glass. From 1979 - 1984 he directed 18 plays by Beckett at La MaMa; included among
these were All Strange Away and That Time starring Julian Beck in his only performances
outside The Living Theater. In 1985, Thomas founded The Dry Opera Theater Company
in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here he has created nearly two dozen works including The Flash and
Crash Days, The Kafka Trilogy, The Ventriloquist and Waiting for Beckett that have been
seen in 15 countries with stops including Lincoln Center, Munich State Theater and Vienna's
Wiener Festwochen. Thomas is the recipient of three Moliere Prizes and eighteen other
awards. He has been the subject of television documentaries for the Germany’s NDR 3,
Brazil’s TV Cultura, USA's PBS and Austria’s ORF. In 2003, he was indicted for public
indecency in Brazil after mooning an audience who booed his radical reworking of Wagner’s
Tristan and Isolde, sparking debate and landing his derriere on newspaper covers
internationally. He is currently working on his autobiography, Suicide Note.