photo Paula Court
The Kitchen presents the world premiere of Electric Lucifer, an electronic rock opera about suffering and redemption based on the 1970s concept albums of the late Canadian electronic music pioneer Bruce Haack. Having dreamed of creating a live show based on Haack’s work since he first encountered the recordings in the 1990s, Findlay brings together a stellar team of performers and designers to bring you a dizzying, outlandish, and satisfying wild religious fantasia.
Electric Lucifer is created and directed by Jim Findlay, with music and lyrics by Bruce Haack, musical adaptation and additional original music by Philip White, choreography by Raja Feather Kelly, set and video design by Jeff Sugg and Findlay, lighting design by Masha Tsimring, costume design by Enver Chakartash and Carter Kidd, sound design by Philip White, and dramaturgy by Ian Belton.
The cast features Okwui Okpokwasili as The Electric Lucifer, Robert M. Johanson as Jesus, Brendan Connelly as the Archangel Gabriel, and Seth Braley, Nikki Calonge, Jake Denney, Amy Gernux, and Cyrus Moshrefi as Lucifer’s “Silverheads.” The band includes Connolly, Shayna Dunkelman, Nathan Koci, and Lester St. Louis.
THOMAS PAINE IN VIOLENCE is the new electroacoustic psychedelic opera-sermon created by Paul Pinto [thingNY, Varispeed, Great Comet] set in a radio station in the afterlife of the Founding Father and international activist. Legendary vocalist Joan La Barbara portrays Paine struggling to broadcast a message of economic justice amidst a whirlwind of lightning-quick singing, autotuned shock-jockery, gadgets, voices, instruments, and sonic chaos.
Presented by and at HERE as part of their 25th Season commissioning and producing hybrid theatre work In association with the estimable ensemble thingNY
Starring: Joan La Barbara, Christian Luu, Andrew Mayer, Pat Muchmore, Paul Pinto, Eddie Rodriguez Jr., Mélanie Genin, Andrew Livingston, Erin Rogers, Kathryn Sloat, and Jeffrey Young
Directed by Rick Burkhardt
Lighting by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew
Scenic design by Carolyn Mraz
Sound design by Philip White
Choreography by Chloe Treat
Sound engineer: Gus Callahan
Production stylist: Aliza Simons
Stage manager: Alex B. West
Daniel Fish: Don’t Look Back (image Paula Court)
Daniel Fish’s new work offers us a radical departure from his previous text-driven work and seeks to find out what happens when the actors and text are gone and the talking stops.
Made for a very small audience, Fish ruminates on the passage of time and our perception of it. Set and light drive the undrive-able and Philip White’s score subverts expectations of aural perception.