Feb 23, 2024
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“Talking Band is one of the boldest and most venerable politically minded companies in New York experimental theater..." —The New York Times

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Existentialism is an urgent, funny, and poetic work. It takes place in two small houses side by side in a vast space. A woman lives in one. A man in the other—a couple, both close and apart. In the course of their daily routines they grapple with the big question: how to create a meaningful life in a world where the only certainty is the inexorable passage of time. Luminary theater artist, Anne Bogart won her first OBIE 35 years ago collaborating with Talking Band on No Plays No Poetry. They are reunited again in Talking Band’s 50th Anniversary Season with this vibrant new production.

Photo by Craig Lowy

Created and directed by Anne Bogart in collaboration with Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet
Set Design by Anna Kiraly
Lighting Design by Brian Scott
Costume Design by Gabriel Berry
Sound Design by Darron West
Production Stage Manager: Patrick Dunning
Assistant Stage Manager: Hanna Yurfest

Talking Band is celebrating it 50th Anniversary. Founded by Ellen Maddow, Tina Shepard and Paul Zimet, the company has created over fifty new works which combine richly textured music-theater with striking visual imagery. Collectively, the company and founders have earned 15 OBIE Awards and numerous other honors. Talking Band is resident company at La MaMa . It has also performed at most of New York City’s celebrated downtown venues, and toured throughout the U.S. and internationally to14 countries. Other new shows this season: The Following Evening, created and directed by Abigail Browde and Michael Silverstone of 600 Highwaymen (Perelman Arts Center-NYC, February 1-18); and Shimmer and Herringbone, written by Ellen Maddow and Paul Zimet (Mabou Mines @122CC, May 1-19). For more info visit talkingband.org.

Captioning is being provided, in part, by a grant from NYSCA/TDF TAP Plus.

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