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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"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

"Billed as a fantasy memoir, the play intermingles flights of fancy [and] focuses on the man rather than the artist. The three actors 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

"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. "

HARVARD MAGAZINE

 

PRESS

The offbeat illustrator proves a rich subject for a play, and writer-director Travis Russ does his archly kooky world justice.
— THE NEW YORK TIMES
Gorey may be the only character onstage (unless you count his overstuffed old house on Cape Cod, which is evoked in such loving detail that it deserves its own billing), but presenting [Gorey’s] life in triplicate is like taking a familiar melody and assigning it an unexpected set of chords.
— THE NEW YORKER
★★★★ Travis Russ’s lovingly crafted 75-minute play flits gently from whimsical to melancholy and dryly bemused. GOREY is a visit to an old friend who always amuses and sometimes surprises.
— TIME OUT NEW YORK
An intriguing lure into the unhinged world of [Gorey], an offbeat individual who could easily be called the American Lewis Carroll, that is fascinating enough to make you want to learn more.
— THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
 
 

PRODUCTION HISTORY

SHEEN CENTER / DECEMBER 14, 2016-JANUARY 14, 2017

Cast: Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, Aidan Sank. Production Team: Travis Russ (Playwright, Director, Scenic Design), John Narun (Projection, Lighting, & Scenic Design), Emma Wilk (Sound Design), Elizabeth Ostler (Puppetry Design), Peri Grabin Leong (Costume Design), Katie Proulx (Choreography), Trisha Henson (Stage Manager), Carl Vorwerk (Associate Producer), Anthony Dvarskas (Dramaturg), Trent Vorwerk (Technical Director).  OFF-BROADWAY TRANSFER

HERE ARTS CENTER / APRIL 30-MAY 22, 2016

Cast: Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, Aidan Sank. Production Team: Travis Russ (Playwright, Director, Scenic Design), John Narun (Projection & Lighting Design), Emma Wilk (Sound Design), Elizabeth Ostler (Puppetry Design), Peri Grabin Leong (Costume Design), Katie Proulx (Choreography), Carl Vorwerk (Technical Director), Anthony Dvarskas (Dramaturg). NYC PREMIERE

NYTW'S FOURTH STREET THEATRE / MARCH 23-APRIL 4, 2015

Cast: Andrew Dawson, Mark Woodard, Dylan Riley-MacArthur. Production Team: Travis Russ (Playwright, Director, Scenic Design), Katie Proulx (Associate Director), Jeannine Frumess (Assistant Director), Elizabeth Ostler (Puppetry Design), David Zurak (Choreography), Carl Vorwerk (Technical Director), Anthony Dvarskas (Dramaturg). WORK-IN-PROGRESS