sarah krohn //
Victor Frange Presents gas

august 24 - 31//
new performance series

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Using a treadmill and stationary bicycle to power the stage, amateur scholar Victor Frange sets out to present his late uncle’s never-before-seen adaptation of the 1918 expressionist play Gas I. Part documentary-style theater, part adaptation, and largely ridiculous, Victor Frange Presents Gas examines three generations of idealist theater-makers in their quest to find a productive artistic response to humanity’s voracious, unsustainable, appetite for all things energy-related.

When Victor Frange inherits the substantial Frange Family agricultural fortune, he decides to fulfill his long-held dream of remounting the only production ever attempted by late uncle Terry’s ill-fated 1960s “Generator Generation” theater collective: a not-so-seminal adaptation of Georg Kaiser’s 1918 expressionist play Gas I. Victor’s hired the best actors money can buy and sent them off to rehearse armed only with two documents: the Generator Generation’s rehearsal log (including diary entries, group prompts, and song lyrics); and the original text of Gas I.

Tonight’s presentation is supposed to be the payoff: after decades of neglect, it’s finally time reveal Uncle Terry’s powerful utopian vision in its entirety. But it’s not quite going as planned. The eco-conscious (and luxury-tax evading) commitment to powering the show by self-generated energy sources is hard to pull off; the actors are struggling to make sense of the Generator Generation’s cryptic notes; and worst of all Victor keeps interrupting the show to interview the cast. When the actors declare their plan to replace Act IV of the script with a super-hero subplot, the whole evening threatens to come to a screeching halt.

Co-Conceived and Directed by Sarah Krohn
Play by Dan O’Neil
Choreography by Katie Rose McLaughlin
Lighting Design by Ken Wills
Video Design by Bart Cortright
Stage Management by Kate Kuhle
Costume Design by Mel Kier
Scenic Design by Bryce Cutler and Patrick Rizzotti
Sound Design by Erik T. Lawson

With performances by Ellen Adair, Lauren Blumenfeld, Alex Herrald, Ben Mehl, Nick Lehane & Briana Pozner

B I O S

Sarah Krohn (co-conceiver/director) develops and directs new work and adaptation. Select credits include projects with writers Erin Courtney, Joshua Elias Harmon, and Christopher Dimond and performances at the Flea Theater, Williamstown Theater Festival, and New Repertory Theater in Boston. She was Associate Producer for Clubbed Thumb’s 2012 Summerworks Festival, and is currently Assistant Director for The Builder’s Association’s new show House / Divided. She is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon’s MFA directing program, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, a New Georges Affiliated Artist, and recipient of the Henry Boettcher Award for excellence in directing.

Katie Rose McLaughlin (choreographer) was once a ballet dancer from Minnesota; now she is a hybrid performer and creator drawing from a variety of past experiences, including playing Esmeralda in Redmoon's HUNCHBACK (off-Broadway, Washington DC, Chicago), going to clown school in Switzerland, and making post-modern movement pieces with collaborators such as Anna Marie Shogren (Jerome Fellow).  She has performed with Tony-awarding winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune,  Anna Marie Shogren, Georgia Stephens, Paula Mann, Jay Gilligan, kaotic good productions, Commedia Beauregard, and is founding member and resident choreographer to Lamb Lays with Lion and kite&mountain theatre companies. She has created original choreography for Paul Zaloom (WHERE IS MY BRAIN?), Katherine Brook (BELLHAMMER), Joshua William Gelb (LULU, WHOLLY MAMMOTH PLAY), Jessie Mills (WIND FARMER), Marya Spring Cordes (BENEATH), McKeesport Little Theatre (HONK!), Music Box Theater (THE TEMP), and various commercial work. Her choreography has been presented at Dixon Place, Movement Research at Judson Church, AUNTS, Little Theater, CATCH, Triskelion's Rip Rap Program, 9x22 Dancelab Choreography Series, The Red Eye Works-in-Progress Series and newMoves Choreography Festival.

Dan O’Neil (playwright) is a writer for stage and screen whose work has been produced or developed at the Playwright’s Center, the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival, Great Plains Theater Conference, Brooklyn Winery, Dixon Place, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Links Hall, Articulture (PA), Centre Stage (SC), Albright College and on the main stage at Carnegie Mellon University.  Key collaborations include writer on The Alice Project with director Marianne Weems (Wooster Group, Builders Association) and dramaturge on Restless Eye, directed and choreographed by David Neumann (Advanced Beginner Group.) Dan is a Playwright’s Center Core Apprentice (2011-12), two-time winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Screenwriting Award, winner of the Mary Marlin Fisher Playwriting Award, and has been a finalist for the Sloan/Tribeca Grand Jury Prize, the National New Play Network’s Smith Prize, the Jerome Fellowship, the Global Age Project and the Woodward/Newman Drama award.

 

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