Wednesday, June 05, 2013

PREVIEW: 2013 River To River Festival

The 2013 RIVER TO RIVER FESTIVAL runs June 15th - July 14th.  Here are some of our picks of things to check out.  All events are free; reservations are accepted for some events.

600 Highwaymen


Jul 10 – Jul 13 8pm daily

Pier 17 Storefront, South Street Seaport

This Great Country is 600 Highwaymen's re-spin of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Death of a Salesman. In an everyday, vacant space, 17 individuals come together with an audience to breathe new life into Miller’s epic portrait of self-worth amid shifting economics and fading dreams. Following a critically-acclaimed, sold-out run in Austin’s Fusebox Festival 2012, This Great Country is restaged with both Texas and New York actors, fusing Millerʼs drama with 600 HIGHWAYMEN’s unique theatrics and highly charged performance style.

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Andrew Ondrejcak

Jul 13 – 14 2-6pm 

Building 110: LMCC’s Arts Center at Governors Island

Writer, director, designer Andrew Ondrejcak and the cast of over 30 characters invite you to view a work-in-progress play based on influential Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s A Dream Play. The play presents the scenario of a divine visitation into the contemporary tedium of the everyday human. Despite unremarkable existences, the characters’ stories layer and culminate in a portrait of the interconnectivity of all humans, with each individual both the center of the world and part of something they cannot comprehend.


JoAnne Akalaitis


Jun 17 6:30pm

Poets House, 10 River Terrace

Acclaimed American theatre director JoAnne Akalaitis welcomes audiences into her creative process with this staged reading of her newest piece Bad News!. Stitching together messenger speeches from classic plays, Akalaitis and her guest performers explore the role these deliverers of information have played in the evolution of the dramatic moment.


Laurie Anderson

Rockefeller Park

June 18-19, 7pm
Jun 19: SONGS

On June 18 Laurie will be joined by Gerry Leonard (guitar), Doug Wieselman (horns), and Eyvind Kang (viola.) On June 19 by Richard Devine (electronics), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), Jacob Garchik (horns) and Yuka Honda (keyboards).

On June 19 by Richard Devine (electronics), Doug Wieselman (horns), Eyvind Kang (viola), Jacob Garchik (horns) and Yuka Honda (keyboards).

Anderson explores the themes of transportation, politics, money and love that animated her multimedia 1983 opera United States 1-4 in this two evening events that look both forwards and back. 


Two-Headed Calf
Jun 30 3pm, 8:30pm
Jul 2 8:30pm
Jul 3 3pm

Pier 17, South Street Seaport 

You, My Mother: a chamber opera in two parts, is an elusive investigation into the ever-shifting relationships between mothers and their adult children. Under the direction of Two-Headed Calf co-founder, Brooke O’Harra, the two composer/playwright teams of Brendan Connelly with Karinne Keithley-Syers and Rick Burkhardt with Kristen Kosmas, create a strange and flickering event that draws upon reminiscences and observations of their own mothers. Performed by a quartet of singer/performers including Gelsey Bell, Beth Griffith, Laryssa Husiak, and Mike Mikos, and the new music ensemble Yarn/Wire.

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