|Complete Casting Announced for Taylor Mac's THE HANG|
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ANNOUNCES FULL CASTING FOR
CO-PRESENTED WITH PROTOTYPE
BOOK AND LYRICS BYTAYLOR MAC
MUSIC BY MATT RAY
DIRECTED BYNIEGEL SMITH
KENNETH ARD, EL BEH, RYAN CHITTAPHONG,
KAT EDMONSON, QUEEN ESTHER,
WESLEY GARLINGTON, TAYLOR MAC,
SYNEAD CIDNEY NICHOLS & TREBIAN POLLARD
JANUARY 7 - FEBRUARY 20, 2022
FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION VISIT HERE.ORG
(New York, New York) The Obie Award-winning HERE (Founding Artistic Director Kristin Marting) is proud to announce full casting for The Hang, featuring book and lyrics by Taylor Mac, music by Matt Ray and directed by Niegel Smith. Co-presented with PROTOTYPE: Opera | Theatre | Now, The Hang will begin performances on Friday January 7, 2022, on the HERE Mainstage (145 Sixth Avenue, NY, NY 10013) for a run through Sunday February 20, 2022.
The Hang is a ritual celebration of queerness, questions, and the eternity of the moment. Rooted in the jazz tradition and operatic form, it imagines the final hours of Socrates' life as he asks his friends to stay with him a little while longer. The Hang imagines these final moments as a centuries-long communal consideration of virtue (full of all styles of food, jazz, dance, debates, and queer romps). Through this foray into the calamities of our past intelligentsia, Taylor Mac, Matt Ray and their collaborators invite the audience to their party and create a performance, which advocates for a more inclusive and joyous world.
The Hang features a book and lyrics by Taylor Mac, music by Matt Ray, with direction by Niegel Smith and choreography by Chanon Judson.
The Hang will feature scenic and costume design by Machine Dazzle, lighting design by Kate McGee and sound design by Cricket S. Myers. Elis Cesar Arroyo Jamie serves as Production Stage Manager, with Morgan Jenness as Dramaturg.
The The Hang band includes Matt Ray on Keys, Gary Wang on Bass, Joel E. Mateo on Drums, J. Walter Hawkes on Trombone, Lisa Parrott on Alto Saxophone, Greg Glassman on Trumpet, Jessica Lurie on Baritone & Tenor Saxophone and Jonathan Beshay on Tenor Saxophone.
The cast of The Hang will include Taylor Mac as Socrates, Kenneth Ard as Mizuna, El Beh as Oooeee Oooeee, Ryan Chittaphong as Plato, Kat Edmonson as Cebes/S'wonderful. Queen Esther as Aristophanes/Decatur the Greater, Wesley Garlington as Skittles, Synead Cidney Nichols as Paillette and Trebian Pollard as Iann Eonism.
The performance schedule for The Hang is as follows:
January 7 - 16, 2022: Wednesday - Saturday at 7:00pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
January 19 - February 20, 2022: Wednesday - Saturday at 8:30pm, Sunday at 2:00pm
Tickets to The Hang begin at $35 and go on sale November 10, 2021, at here.org/shows/the-hang .
The Hang is the recipient of a generous grant from The Roy Cockrum Foundation. Additional production support provided by The MAP Fund, Mertz-Gilmore Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts. The MAP Fund is primarily supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Additional funds come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. HERE, in partnership with Resident Playwright Taylor Mac, is a participant in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's National Playwright Residency Program administered in partnership with HowlRound.
PROTOTYPE: OPERA | THEATRE | NOW receives leadership funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with other generous support from the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation. Additional support is provided by The Amphion Foundation, BMI Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Inc., Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, Howard Gilman Foundation, Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, Samuel I. Newhouse Foundation, OPERA America, The Reed Foundation, and The Ted Snowdon Foundation. Additional support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
THE ROY COCKRUM FOUNDATION
Founded in 2014 by Roy Cockrum and Benita Hofstetter Koman with winnings from Mr. Cockrum's Powerball lottery jackpot, The Roy Cockrum Foundation's mission is to award grants to support world-class performing arts projects in not-for-profit professional theatres throughout America. Since 2014, nineteen flagship American theatres and performing arts organizations have received major grants from the Foundation. Inspiration for its mission derives from a Camus quote: "Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle. This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future." ? Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays.
The Obie Award-winning HERE (Kristin Marting, Founding Artistic Director) was named a Top Ten Off-Off Broadway Theatre by Time Out New York and is a leader in the field of producing and presenting new, hybrid performances viewed as a seamless integration of artistic disciplines-theatre, dance, music and opera, puppetry, media, visual and installation, spoken word and performance art.
HERE's standout productions include Eve Ensler's The Vagina Monologues, Taylor Mac's The Lily's Revenge, Trey Lyford & Geoff Sobelle's all wear bowlers, Young Jean Lee's Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, James Scruggs' Disposable Men, Corey Dargel's Removable Parts, Robin Frohardt's The Pigeoning, and Basil Twist's Symphonie Fantastique, and Looking at You by Rob Handel, Kristin Marting and Kamala Sankaram.
Since its founding in 1993, HERE and the artists it has supported have received 18 Obies, 2 Bessies, 5 Drama Desk nominations, 2 Pulitzer Prizes, 4 Doris Duke Awards, 7 Tony nominations, and 2 MacArthur Fellowships.
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