In 1897, H.G. Wells wrote about a man who believed he was on the cutting edge of science, and yet through science doomed himself to an existence of invisibility and madness. Now, in our technological age, the existential task of having one’s voice heard is ironically made all the more difficult by the ease through which so many voices can be heard. In a time of almost total “exposure,” perhaps a personal part of us has been lost.
Arthur Yorinks has re-imagined Wells’ masterpiece, presented here as the premiere work of A New Theater of Sound, a collaborative effort between The Greene Space and Yorinks Theater Group. While Yorinks’ adaptation sets the story in a 21st century New York City homeless shelter, the narrative retains its focus on the eternal human need to be not only seen, but to be heard. Michael Riesman, Director of the Philip Glass Ensemble, will give a rare live performance of his original piano score for this new work. Lighting design will be provided by Mark Stanley, resident lighting designer for the New York City Ballet. This evening’s performance is a preview; The Invisible Man will receive a full run in fall 2009.
Invisible Man played by Peter Gerety
A New Theater of Sound is made possible, in part, by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation.
GreeneWorks Commissioning Series, presenting WNYC Radio commission by Arthur Yorinks is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.