PL115 adapts Wagner's iconic Ring Cycle into the action packed world of 1980's Americana. Part 1 follows Wagner's Norse gods pumped up on rock and roll and steroids as professional wrestlers on a mission for power and glory. Part 2 takes us into the world of down-and-out America in the 80s, those at the bottom of the trickle down theory.
The production strips the opera of its music and traditional setting, re- contextualizing Wagner's masterpiece to highlight the libretto's story of pride, passion and the insatiable quest for power. Juxtaposing the single minded action of Wagner's mythic gods with the cultural and philosophical hubris of America in the 1980's — a decade marked by a "greed is good" mentality — the production draws parallels between Wagner's mythology, American mythology and the events of our own tumultuous time.
Special thanks to our collaborators who helped develop The Ring: Rebecca Lingafelter, Mark Valadez, Andreea Mincic, Christopher Patrick Mullen, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Sarah Riffle, Stacey Berman and Dragana Vucetic
*appearing courtesy of Actor's Equity / Equity Approved Showcase.
Developed in part at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center.
Made possible through funding from the New York State Council on the Arts and the Mental Insight Foundation.
April 12 - 29, 2012
Tues, Thurs - Sun |
All shows at 7:30PM