Earth in trance

First Floor Theatre
December 14 - 23, 2006
Thursday - Saturday 8:00pm
Tickets $15

Written & directed by Gerald Thomas
Performed by Fabiana Gugli, Juliano Antunes & Seth Powers*
Music and Sound Design by David Lawson
Set Design by Mark Tambella

In association with SESC-Sao Paulo
*Appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

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.

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