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 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. "
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
We are deeply grateful to the many wonderful artists who have been involved in previous development phases of this play including: 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.