Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Undermain Theatre to take Neil Young’s Greendale to Ice Factory Festival in NYC
The rock opera is taking the show on the road.
Undermain Theatre, through special arrangement with Wixen Music Publishing, is pleased to announce the transfer of its production of Neil Young's Greendale to this summer's Ice Factory Festival presented by Soho Think Tank at the Ohio Theatre, 66 Wooster St. in New York City.
The Ice Factory Festival is an OBIE award-winning summer festival of new work where artists can take risks, try out new ideas, and bring their projects to a new level. Plays introduced at the Ice Factory Festival have gone on to garner Drama Desk nominations, Obie Awards, Audience First Awards in Edinburgh, Off-Broadway productions, commercial runs, and national and international tours. ICE FACTORY 08 will mark the 15th Anniversary of the festival.
Ice Factory Festivals Artistic Director, Robert Lyons has invited Undermain to perform Neil Young's Greendale on July 23-26, 2008. Undermain last performed at the Festival in the summer of 2000 when it presented its production of Lenora Champagne's Coaticook.
Neil Young's Greendale, the rock opera by the legendary singer - songwriter was adapted for the stage by Undermain Theatre and opened in Dallas on March 29, 2008. It runs through May 3, 2008. This song cycle has been compared to Thornton Wilder's Our Town and Sherwood Anderson's Winesberg, Ohio as a portrait of the changing face of small town America. Performed with a live band and sung by an ensemble cast, Greendale explores the lives of three generations of the Green family through themes ranging from corruption to mass media consolidation to environmentalism.
The production will be performed by the original cast and live band composed of lead guitarist Kenny Withrow of New Bohemians. Paul Semrad of Course of Empire on bass, and Grammy winning drummer Alan Emert of Brave Combo. The production is directed by Undermain artistic director Katherine Owens.
Posted by Shawn
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