By Georg Buchner
Adapted by Jeremy Gable
Directed by Kelly FlynnBuchner's classic 19th-Century
play is given a 21st-Century update by Jeremy Gable ("Marat.Sade"). A soldier
holding a knife. His wife bleeding on the ground. A murder captured on video. What could
drive someone to commit an act of unspeakable violence? Kelly Flynn has previously
directed productions of "Twelfth Night", "The Gog/Magog Project" and
"The Importance of Being Earnest".
June 7 -
.. Maribel/Fake Marie
Mary Anne Mosher
information, please call the theater at 714.680.6803 or email email@example.com
PHOTOS FOR RE: WOYZECK BY
THAI H. CHAU
THE HUNGER ARTISTS THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS THE WORLD PREMIERE OF JEREMY GABLES NEW
GEORG BÜCHNERS CLASSIC DRAMA
June 8 July 1, 2007
FULLERTON, CA The Hunger Artists Theater
Company is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeremy Gables digital age
adaptation of Karl Georg Büchners Expressionist masterpiece, re.Woyzeck, June
8-July 1, 2007. This premiere production will be directed by Kelly Flynn, who directed
last seasons critically acclaimed production of Shakespeares Twelfth Night, as
well as the West Coast premiere of Jason Lindners much-lauded tale of art,
alienation and Moon Pies, The Gog-Magog Project.
A thorough reconsideration of Büchners masterwork in the age of celebreality, event
media and YouTube, Gables adaptation starts where most productions of Woyzeck end,
with a tragic event that quickly becomes an Internet-fueled cultural phenomenon. As each
character tries to spin events in their favor, the story is repeatedly reimagined, until
ultimately the nature of tragedy itself is questioned.
Award-winning Orange County actor Mark Coyan stars as the tormented Franz Woyzeck. He
heads an eight-person ensemble featuring Christina Acero (Maribel/Fake Marie) James Grant
(Drummer), Tanya Mironowski (Marie), Mary Anne Mosher (Doctor/Fake Woyzeck), Amber Scott
(Margaret), Antonio Swagler (Captain) and Tony Viramontes (Andres/Büchner).
Mark Matzkanin designs lights for re.Woyzeck. Christina Acero serves as sound designer.
Debbie Dufour designs costumes. Margaret McGurr serves as production Stage Manager.
When Kelly and I first began talking about a Woyzeck adaptation, we agreed that we
needed to do more than simply retell the story, says Gable. As Kelly pointed
out, weve got 24-hour news cycles, Court TV and three or four different CSIs:
Itd be awfully hard to say anything new about a murder that audiences havent
seen painstakingly recreated with CGI. And that became our starting point for this play,
which is as much an examination of the Tragedy Industry as anything else.
Jeremy has dug into Büchners play and blown it up from the inside, says
director Flynn. By exploring how Woyzeck and Maries story is exploited, I
think that hes found a way to honor the playwrights original intent in terms
that will resonate more deeply with contemporary audiences. This is a play that is funny,
sad, deeply disturbing, and, in the end, remarkably heartfelt.
Born in Goddelau, Germany in 1813, Büchner earned a reputation as a pioneer of
Expressionist theater, despite his short career. He studied medicine and science, became
involved in revolutionary politics, escaping to Zürich to avoid arrest; he died of typhus
there at the age of 24. His best-known works include Dantons Death and Leonce and
Lena, as well as Woyzeck, which was used by Alban Berg as the basis for his opera Wozzeck.
Woyzeck has been called the first tragedy of the common man. Loosely based on the true
story of Johann Christian Woyzeck , a former soldier convicted of murdering his mistress
despite compelling evidence that he was mentally ill, Woyzeck was not performed for the
first time until 1913.
At its center is the ruthlessly exploited soldier Woyzeck, whose desperate poverty leads
him to volunteer as a subject of bizarre medical experiments. Suspecting his wife of
infidelity with the company Drum Major, Woyzeck is driven to the brink of insanity.
Incomplete at the time of Büchners death, Woyzeck has been reworked, reordered and
revised by variety of authors, editors and translators. Recognized as major work of the
Expressionist movement, Woyzeck has provem a favorite of the avant garde, and has become
one of the most performed and influential plays in the German theatre repertory.
Performances of re.Woyzeck will take place on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 7
pm. There will be a special $5.00 Night performance on Thursday June 28 at 8
General admission tickets for Re.Woyzeck are $18; senior and students (with valid ID) may
purchase tickets for $15. Tickets are $5 on Thursday, June 28 only. Patrons may purchase
tickets online by visiting our website (www.hungerartists.com). To reserve tickets by
phone, please call 714.680.6803.
For more information about re.Woyzeck or the companys 11th season, please visit
www.hungersartists.com . Programming, dates and times are subject to change.