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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. "

HARVARD MAGAZINE

 

PRESS

CRITIC’S PICK! 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
★★★★ CRITIC’S PICK! 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
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
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
 
 
 

AWARDS

2017 Drama Desk Award Nomination (Projection Design), 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), and two 2017 Henry Hewes Design Award Nominations (Outstanding Projection Design & Outstanding Sound Design).

PRODUCTION HISTORY

SHEEN CENTER / DECEMBER 14, 2016-JANUARY 14, 2017 / OFF-BROADWAY TRANSFER

Cast: Andrew Dawson, Phil Gillen, and 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), 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, and 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)

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

We wish to express our appreciation to the artists who participated in previous developmental stages of this show: Randy Brett, Jeannine Frumess, Stephen John, John P. Keller, Dylan Riley-MacArthur, Michelle Matteini, Andrew MacLarty, Sharon McGill, Alex Mogil, Daniel Moser, Christopher Seufert, Mark Woodard, and David Zurak.