the TEAM, photo by Sue Kessler

COIL Premiere

Theater

Jan 2 - 10

RoosevElvis
the TEAM (NYC)

On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.

“The TEAM’s most intimate work and also its warmest…a spirited and insightful commentary on two archetypes of American masculinity.” – The New York Times

“More buoyant than theatrical material has any right to be.” – Time Out NY

Performers: Libby King and Kristen Sieh
Director: Rachel Chavkin
Associate Director/Collaborating Writer: Jake Margolin
Sound Design: Matt Hubbs
Video Designer: Andrew Schneider
Costume Design: Kristen Sieh
Lighting Design: Austin Smith
Scenic Design: Nick Vaughan
Production Stage Manager: Meg Kelly

95 minutes

 
 

 

 

The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to creating new works about the experitence of living in America today. Once described as “Gertrude Stein meets MTV,” the TEAM’s work crashes American history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment. We combine aggressive athleticism with emotional performances and intellectual rigor, keeping the brain, eyes and heart of the audience constantly stimulated.
 
Since 2004, the TEAM has created and toured 9 works nationally and internationally. We are four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, 2011 Herald Angel, and 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, and were recently listed “Best of 2013″ on 3 continents.
 

 

 

Vineyard Theatre (Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern, Artistic Directors; Jennifer Garvey-Blackwell, Executive Producer) is a not-for-profit theatre company dedicated to new work, bold programming, and the support of artists.
 
One of America’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, notable premieres include Kander and Ebb’s THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS, Nicky Silver’s THE LYONS, Whitty, Lopez and Marx’s AVENUE Q (Tony Award, Best Musical), and Bowen and Bell’s [title of show], all of which went on to Broadway runs; the Pulitzer Prize-winning plays HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE by Paula Vogel and THREE TALL WOMEN by Edward Albee; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s WIG OUT!, Becky Mode’s FULLY COMMITTED, Craig Lucas’ THE DYING GAUL, Christopher Shinn’s WHERE DO WE LIVE, Cornelius Eady’s BRUTAL IMAGINATION, Gina Gionfriddo’s AFTER ASHLEY, the Laura Nyro musical ELI’S COMIN’ (5 OBIE Awards), Anne Washburn’s THE INTERNATIONALIST, Julia Cho’s THE PIANO TEACHER, Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy’s THE SLUG BEARERS OF KAYROL ISLAND, Jenny Schwartz’s GOD’S EAR, The Civilians’ THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY, Polly Pen’s GOBLIN MARKET, Colman Domingo’s A BOY AND HIS SOUL, Adam Rapp’s THE METAL CHILDREN, Will Eno’s MIDDLETOWN, nine plays by Nicky Silver including PTERODACTYLS and RAISED IN CAPTIVITY, John Kander and Greg Pierce’s THE LANDING, and more. In addition to ROOSEVELVIS, the Vineyard’s 2014-15 season includes Mike Bencivenga’s BILLY & RAY directed by Garry Marshall, and the upcoming world-premieres of BROOKLYNITE by Michael Mayer and Peter Lerman, and GLORIA by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Evan Cabnet. Vineyard is the recipient of special OBIE, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel awards for Sustained Excellence. For more information, vineyardtheatre.org.

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Vineyard Theatre is located in downtown Manhattan in the heart of the historic Union Square area and is accessible by the N/Q/R, L, and 4/5/6 subway lines. Union Square is home to thriving restaurants such as Blue Water Grill (31 Union Square West), Rosa Mexicana (9 E 18th St) and Novita (102 E 22nd St) as well as lots of shopping and multiple artistic venues.

 
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RoosevElvis was originally developed and premiered at The Bushwick Starr, and is made possible with support from The Jerome Foundation, London’s Almeida Theatre and Gate Theatre, The Drama League, A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and with public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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