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By Georg Buchner
Adapted by Jeremy Gable

Directed by Kelly Flynn

Buchner'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 - July 1

Mark Coyan …..……. Woyzeck       
Christina Acero …….. Maribel/Fake Marie
James Grant ………… Drummer
Tanya Mironowski …. .Marie
Mary Anne Mosher … Doctor/Fake Woyzeck
Amber Scott …...…… Margaret
Antonio Swagler …… Captain
Tony Viramontes …… Andres/Büchner

For more information, please call the theater at 714.680.6803 or email hungerartists@yahoo.com



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June 8 – July 1, 2007

FULLERTON, CA – The Hunger Artists Theater Company is proud to announce the world premiere of Jeremy Gable’s digital age adaptation of Karl Georg Büchner’s Expressionist masterpiece, re.Woyzeck, June 8-July 1, 2007. This premiere production will be directed by Kelly Flynn, who directed last season’s critically acclaimed production of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, as well as the West Coast premiere of Jason Lindner’s much-lauded tale of art, alienation and Moon Pies, The Gog-Magog Project.

A thorough reconsideration of Büchner’s masterwork in the age of celebreality, event media and YouTube, Gable’s 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, we’ve got 24-hour news cycles, Court TV and three or four different CSIs: It’d be awfully hard to say anything new about a murder that audiences haven’t 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 Büchner’s play and blown it up from the inside,” says director Flynn. “By exploring how Woyzeck and Marie’s story is exploited, I think that he’s found a way to honor the playwright’s 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 Danton’s 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 Büchner’s 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 pm.

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 company’s 11th season, please visit www.hungersartists.com . Programming, dates and times are subject to change.