A tour de force where three incredible actors simultaneously play Edward Gorey, "an artist and writer of genius" (The New Yorker), to uncover the real man behind the literary myth.
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"Billed as a fantasy memoir, the play intermingles flights of fancy [and] focuses on the man rather than the artist. The three actors [who play the mythic artist/writer] constantly interact with one another, a lovely way to suggest Gorey’s inner questioning and the evolution of his sensibility through the decades."
THE NEW YORK TIMES
"The writer and illustrator Edward Gorey specialized in locating humor in peril and gloom; in his life, he could accurately be labeled a hoarder and a loner, yet his personality brimmed with inspirations and enthusiasms. Playwright/director Travis Russ has devised a brilliant solution for dramatizing this contradictory and solitary man: three actors, all of them excellent and in perfect tune with one another, play the artist simultaneously at three different ages, delivering a collective autobiographical monologue, sometimes delightedly affirming each other’s accounts, sometimes gently contradicting them."
THE NEW YORKER
"Fiction and fact are woven together into a fast-paced, chimerical text. The fourth wall is gleefully, repeatedly shattered, and the (Goreys) speak to one another across time, each chiming in on the others’ stories to corroborate or correct the narrative. Playwright/director Travis Russ has crafted a story with the same shifting texture, poignant darkness, and unexpected delights as one of Gorey’s own works. "
2017 Drama Desk Award Nomination (Projection Design), two 2017 American Theatre Wing Henry Hewes Design Award Nominations (Outstanding Projection Design & Outstanding Sound Design), and seven 2016 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominations (Outstanding Production of a Play, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Director, Outstanding Set Design, Outstanding Lighting Design, Outstanding Projection Design, Outstanding Choreography).
SHEEN CENTER / DECEMBER 14, 2016-JANUARY 14, 2017 / OFF-BROADWAY TRANSFER
Cast: Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, & Aidan Sank. Production Team: Travis Russ (Playwright, Director & Scenic Designer), John Narun (Lighting, Projection, & Scenic Designer), Emma Wilk (Sound Designer), Elizabeth Ostler (Puppetry Designer), Peri Grabin Leong (Costume Designer), Katie Proulx (Choreographer), Trisha Henson (Production Stage Manager), Sheen Center (Co-Producer), Carl Vorwerk (Associate Producer), Anthony Dvarskas (Dramaturg), Trent Vorwerk (Technical Director), Vivacity Media Group (Press Agent).
HERE ARTS CENTER / APRIL 30-MAY 22, 2016 / NYC PREMIERE
Cast: Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, & Aidan Sank. Production Team: Travis Russ (Playwright, Director & Scenic Designer), John Narun (Projection & Lighting Designer), Emma Wilk (Sound Designer), Elizabeth Ostler (Puppetry Designer), Peri Grabin Leong (Costume Designer), Katie Proulx (Choreographer), Carl Vorwerk (Technical Director & Scenic Designer), Anthony Dvarskas (Dramaturg), Kippy Winston Media (Press Agent).
This play received a developmental workshop at New York Theatre Workshop.