Anatomy Theatre, (2016)

Anatomy Theatre
“Where Is Evil?”
Anatomy Theatre

Part multimedia opera, part conceptual, Anatomy Theatre is an art installation that conjures a time in which “specialists” traveled from town to town in pre-modern Europe, dissecting the corpses of executed criminals to seek evidence of corruption in the interior of the human body.

A joyous, grisly theatrical event by Pulitzer Prize winning composer David Lang, and world renowned conceptual artist Mark Dion. Featuring wild Up Ensemble at the LA Opera, and Featuring the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) at BRIC In Brooklyn http://iceorg.org/

Anatomy Theatre

LA Opera June 15–20, 2016. BRIC In Brooklyn, January 2017.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-anatomy-theater-20160615-snap-htmlstory.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-anatomy-theater-review-20160615-snap-story.html

http://www.laopera.org/season/1516-Season-at-a-Glance/Anatomy-Theater/

http://www.bethmorrisonprojects.org/#!anatomy-theater/c216e

Music by David Lang; Libretto by Mark Dion & David Lang; A Ridge Theater Production; Directed by Bob McGrath; Film by Bill Morrison; Projections Design by Laurie Olinder; Scenic Design by Mark Dion; Lighting Design by Christopher Kuhl; Costume Design by Alixa Gage Englund; Conducted by Christopher Rountree; Creative Producer Beth Morrison; Featuring WildUp; Produced by Beth Morrison Projects

Anatomy Theatre was commissioned by Ridge Theater and Beth Morrison Projects; Presented by LA Opera

Peabody Southwell as Sarah Osborne, Marc Kudisch as Joshua Crouch, Robert Osborne as Baron Peel, Timur Bekbosunov as Ambrose Strang

The Demo

The Demo
“We have a pointing device called a mouse, a standard keyboard, and a special keyset we have here.”
The Demo

The Demo is based on Douglas Engelbart's historic 1968 demonstration of early computer technology. Engelbart is the most influential figure in the early history of computers and the Internet, inventing what we now take for granted; videoconferencing, hyperlinks, networked collaboration, digital text editing and something called a mouse. The Demo reimagines Engelbart’s historic demonstration as a technologically infused hybrid performance using the video of the original 1968 demo.

The Demo

Co-Created, Composed, and Performed by Ben Neill and Mikel Rouse; Co-Conceived by Ben Neill, Mikel Rouse, and Bob McGrath; Directed by Bob McGrath; Set and Projection Design by Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg; Sound Design by Christopher Ericson; Produced by ArKtype/Thomas O. Kriegsmann in collaboration with Ridge Theater; Performed at Stanford Live and The Krannert Center For The Performing Arts

The Rite Of Spring

Rite Of Spring
“A Musical-Choreographic Work, Representing Pagan Russia...Unified By A Single Idea: The Mystery And Great Surge Of The Creative Power Of Spring.”
—Igor Stravinsky
Rite Of Spring

Music by Igor Stravinsky; Performed by The Philadelphia Orchestra; Conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin; Performed at Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts; Directed by Bob McGrath; Film by Bill Morrison; Projections by Laurie Olinder.

Rite Of Spring

Sets by Jim Findlay; Lighting by Matt Frey; Costumes by Deb O.; Stage Management by Matt Tierney; Video Programming by Austin Switser; Choreography by Dan Safer.

Rite Of Spring

Featuring Hope Davis, Anna Kichtchenko, Jennie Liu, Kate Moran, Ani Taj Niemann, and Natalie Thomas.

Woyzeck

Woyzeck
“Pissing On A Wall! You Can’t Hold Your Water.”
Woyzeck

Award-winning Playwright Neil LaBute riffs on Wilco in the opening to his fresh adaptation of Georg Buchner's classic work. An investigation of desire, exploitation, and madness, LaBute's WOYZECK brings a new fire to this canonical tale.

Woyzeck

Director Bob McGrathcolloborates with Neil LaBute on Mr. LaBute's free adaptation of Georg Buchner's Woyzeck with music by Pulitzer Prize winning Composer David Lang

Studio Theater, Virginia Tech.

Persephone

Persephone
“I Am Tired Of Tears And Laughter,
And Men That Laugh And Weep;”
Persephone

The Greek myth of Persephone is presented as a nineteenth-century theatrical experience, immersed in the colors of the Hudson River School, then transported through a dense wave of cutting-edge musical and visual technology.

Persephone

A collaboration by Ben Neill, Mimi Goese, Warren Leight, and Ridge Theater; Directed by Bob McGrath; Music by Ben Neil; Lyrics by Mimi Goese; Book by Warren Leight; Films by Bill Morrison; Projections by Laurie Olinder; Featuring Julia Stiles as Persephone, and Mimi Goese as Demeter; Co-commissioned by BAM, and VA Tech.

Persephone

Sets by Jim Findlay; Choreography by Dan Safer; Lights by John Ambrosone; Costumes by Jane Alois Stein

Variety

NY Times Photo

Persephone

"'Persephone', a multimedia production from the Ridge Theater at the Brooklyn Academy of Music...presents a lush feast of imagery for the eye to savor. At its bewitching best, the production evokes a French neo-Classical painting that has magically bloomed into three dimensions." - Charles Isherwood, New York Times

Shelter

Shelter

A theatrical concert with projections.

Shelter

Shelter is commissioned by the Next Wave Festival of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, musikFabrik, and Kunststiftung NRW

Music composed by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe

Libretto by Deborah Artman

Film by Bill Morrison

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Performed by musikFabrik

Shelter

Performed by trio mediæval

Set design by Jim Findlay

Costume design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Lighting design by Matt Frey

Sound design by Norbert Ommer

Directed by Bob McGrath

Ultima | Oslo Contemporary Music Festival

Norske Teatret

Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, Klaus-von-Bismarck Saal, Cologne, Germany

Philharmonie Essen, Alfried Krupp Saal, Essen, Germany

Brooklyn Academy of Music - 2005 Next Wave Festival

The Carbon Copy Building

Carbon Copy Building
"Cherry Cheese Cake, Cherry Cherry Cheese Cake."
Carbon Copy Building

A comic book opera.

Multimedia music theatre with words and drawings by Ben Katchor based on his comic strip about two buildings of the same footprint in different parts of Manhattan.

OBIE winner: Best New American Production 2000

Words and Drawings by Ben Katchor

Music composed by Michael Gordon, David Lang, and Julia Wolfe

Directed by Bob McGrath

Set Design by Fred Tietz

Lighting Design by Howard Thies

Costume Design by Rachel Comey and Jennifer Cooper

Film by Bill Morrison

Projection Design by Laurie Olinder

Dramaturg Daniel Zippi

Carbon Copy Building

Royal Court, 1 Roe Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 1HL

Performed at Mass MoCA and at the Kampfnagle, Hamburg, Germany.

Executive Producer Kenny Savelson

Co-produced by The Kitchen and Bang on the Can

Production manager Jim Findlay

Commissioned by the Settembre Music Festival, Italy

Carbon Copy Building

Singers: Theo Bleckmann, Tony Boutté, Katie Geissinger, Toby Twining

Band: John Benthal - Electric Guitar, David Cossin - Percussion, Martin Goldray - Keyboards/Sampler, Bohdan Hilash - Clarinets.

Ben Katchor recieved MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship (2000).

Decasia Live

Decasia

An environmental symphony with projections

Decasia

Symphony by Michael Gordon

Film by Bill Morrison

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Set design by Jim Findlay

Sound design by Norbert Ommer

Directed by Bob McGrath

Decasia

Conducted by David Atherton, conductor

Vlaams Radio Orkest

September 2004 (American premiere)

St. Ann‘s Warehouse. Brooklyn, NY

Performed by Tactus Modern Ensemble

Conducted by Patti Monson

Lighting Design by Matt Frey

Produced by Susan Feldman for Arts at St. Ann‘s

Produced by Bill Morrison for Hypnotic Pictures and Ridge Theater

Decasia
Decasia Website
New Yorker review (PDF)

November 2001 (World premiere)

European Music Month, Basel, Switzerland

Performed by the Basel Sinfonietta

Conducted by Kasper de Roos

Decasia

Lighting design by Richard Hoyes

Commissioned and presented by Europa•scher Musikmonat

Produced by Numa Bischof for the basel sinfonietta

Produced by Daniel Zippi for Ridge Theater

Decasia

January 2007

Angel Orensanz, New York, NY

Conducted by Patti Monson

Decasia

Tactus Ensemble

September 2004

St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn, NY

Conducted by Patti Monson

Tactus Ensemble

October 2007

deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium

Lightning at our feet

Lightning At Our Feet
“This Is My Letter To The World”
Lightning At Our Feet

Emily Dickinson discovered entire worlds within her imagination. Discerning the gears of the cosmos in the everyday, Dickinson created a new landscape of the interior in writings rich with wonder and fierce with longing. It's an intriguing duality that forms the heart of Lightning at our feet, a multimedia song cycle inspired by the poems of Dickinson from composer Michael Gordon and Ridge Theater—the creative team behind Decasia (2001). Setting her poems to music and motion, Gordon and Ridge create an environment of restless creativity; transformed by Bill Morrison and Laurie Olinder's projections, rolling screens form rooms onstage both real and metaphoric.

Under Bob McGrath's direction with dramaturgy by Daniel Zippi, four contemporary women channel the poet as they pore over poems, write songs, and contemplate mortality, while receiving dispatches from a distant war. Together, these collaborators create a theatrical prose poem that re-imagines Dickinson's words as songs for our time.

Lightning At Our Feet

Michael Gordon and Ridge Theater

Text by Emily Dickinson

Music composed by Michael Gordon

Films by Bill Morrison

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Dramaturgy by Daniel Zippi

Directed by Bob McGrath

Lightning At Our Feet

Musical arrangements by Michael Gordon in collaboration with Jennifer Charles, Leah Coloff, Ted Hearne, Courtney Orlando, & Bora Yoon

Set Design by Jim Findlay

Costume design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Lighting design by John Ambrosone

Jennifer Charles

Leah Coloff

Courtney Orlando

Bora Yoon

Lightning At Our Feet

Commissioned by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, and BAM for the 2008 Next Wave Festival.

Lightning at our feet was first workshopped at Virginia Tech, April 2008.

Produced by Kenny Savelson

Presented by arrangement with Lisa Booth Management, Inc.

Sarah Ford, Production Stage Manager/Company Manager

Ted Hearne, Music Director

Austin Switzer, Video Supervisor

Jamie McElhinney, Sound Supervisor

Julia Koch, Movement Consultant

Commissioned by Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts at the University of Houston, and BAM for the 2008 Next Wave Festival. Originally workshopped at Virginia Tech.

New York Times Review:
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Henryk Górecki Symphony No. 3

Gorecki
“No, Mother, do not weep“
Gorecki

Michael Christie’s closing concert of the season features the world premiere Ridge Theater staging of Henryk Gorecki’s Symphony No. 3.Gripping dreamlike visual artistry and hallucinatory film work accompany Gorecki’s prolific prayer for light in the midst of darkness.

Symphony No. 3

(WORLD PREMIERE STAGING)

THE RIDE TO REDEMPTION

Michael Christie, conductor

Gorecki

Production by Ridge Theater:

Film by Bill Morrison

Laurie Olinder, projections

Nathalie Paulin, soprano

Bob McGrath, director

(WORLD PREMIERE STAGING)

New York Times Review:
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The Sinking Of The Titanic

Titanic
“Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark“
Titanic

Immerses audiences into a rich sonic and visual world that imagines the music of the ship's orchestra after it submerges through a multimedia theatrical re-visioning of British composer Gavin Bryars’ 1969 score of the same name.

Incorporating new film and video elements and texts developed by New York’s acclaimed Ridge Theater, Titanic draws from documents relating to the life and legacy of legendary Philadelphia book collector and philanthropist Harry Elkins Widener. This new realization focuses on the passions of collectors, cultural memory and the tremendous humanistic legacy of Widener, who perished aboard the R.M.S. Titanic in 1912. It would have been his triumphant to America after hunting down his most coveted book, an exceedingly rare and elusive edition of Sir Francis Bacon’s Essays (1598).

The production will include a live electro-acoustic orchestral score, two actors, a full-length silent film, still projections and surround-sound design. Texts will be adapted from Bacon’s Essays and letters from the Widener archives at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.

Music by Gavin Bryars

Production by Ridge Theater

Film by Bill Morrison

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Toby Twining, voice

Orchestra of the Boyer College of Music and Dance

Thaddeus Squire, conducting.

Directed by Bob McGrath

Titanic

This realization of The Sinking of the Titanic was co-commissioned by Peregrine Arts and the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University with the generous support of the Philadelphia Music Project, a program of The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by the University of the Arts. Additional funding was provided by the Stockton Rush Bartol Foundation and the Argosy Foundation

The Difficulty Of Crossing A Field

The Difficulty Of Crossing A Field
“Why, father, what has become of Mr. Williamson?“
The Difficulty Of Crossing A Field

An opera based on an Ambrose Bierce tale about an inquest into the strange disappearance of an Alabama planter just before the Civil War.

Composed by David Lang; Libretto by Mac Wellman; Films by Bill Morrison;Projections by Laurie Olinder; Set Design by Jim Findlay; Costume Design by Ruth Pongstaphone; Lighting Design by Matt Frey; Dramaturgy by Daniel Zippi; Directed by Bob McGrath.

The Difficulty Of Crossing A Field

"The Difficulty of Crossing a Field" was made possible in part by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Theatre Initiative.

Harry Partchs’ 'Oedipus'

Oedipus
For death is all the fashion now, till even Death be dead.

The world premiere of a new production of Sophocles’ tragedy, using a score written by, and instruments created by the late avant-garde composer Harry Partch.

Oedipus

Musical Direction by Dean Drummond

Performed by The New Band

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Film by Bill Morrison

Oedipus

Set Design by Jim Findlay

Lighting Design by Matt Frey

Costume Design by Ruth Pongstaphone

Dramaturg Daniel Zippi

Directed by Bob McGrath

Read The New Yorker review (04/11/05)

The Alexander Kasser Theater

Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ

Gotham

Gotham

A symphony with projections

Symphony by Michael Gordon

Gotham

Film by Bill Morrison

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Directed by Bob McGrath

Gotham

Performed by London Sinfonietta

Conducted by Martyn Brabbins

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Performed by American Composers Orchestra

Conducted by Steven Sloane

Carnegie Hall - Zankel Hall

New York

http://www.americancomposers.org/rel20040227.htm

Jennie Richee

Jennie
“This Will All End Sadly, Badly.”
Jennie

A multi-media theater work inspired by the life and art of Henry Darger

2001 OBIE Awards for Direction and Collaborative Design

2002 Bessie Awards for Collaborative Design

Written by Mac Wellman

Directed by Bob McGrath

Music by Julia Wolfe

Songs written by Cynthia Hopkins

Jennie

Featuring Daniel Zippi as Henry Darger

Storm Sequence choreography by David Parsons

Visual Design by Laurie Olinder

Film by Bill Morrison

Set by Fred Tietz

ostumes by Pilar Limosner

Lighting by Howard Thies

Sound by Tim Schellenbaum

Special effects by Ruth Pongstaphone

Jennie

Musical Direction by Matt Tierney

Production Stage Manager, Judy Tucker

January 2004; Tanz Theater, Darmstadt Germany, (International premiere)

January 2003; St. Ann's Warehouse, Brooklyn

April 2001; The Kitchen, New York

January 2001; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, (World premiere)

Jennie

“Jennie Richee—or Eating Jalooka Fruit Before It's Ripe” is a multi-media theater work concerning the life and art of self-taught artist and writer Henry Darger who served as a menial laborer in Chicago Catholic hospitals for over fifty years creating his works in off hours. "Jennie Richee" The work delves into the wildly fantastic world created by Darger in a 15,000 page narrative entitled, “The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion”, in over three hundred large radiant water color paintings, in numerous collages, drawings and studies.

Jennie

“Exquisite, precisionist direction by Bob McGrathÉ(Darger is) played to perfection by Daniel Zippi...acid, aching and both entirely mad and wholly lucid...Alternately cataclysmic and radiant with a candy colored light, this otherworldly theatrical excursion is the inside of an artist's mind exposed to the sunlight. Odd, oddly beautiful, and disturbing.” ÑHedy Weiss, Chicago Sun Times

Jennie

“Technically impressive, with its intricate film and slide projections...staged with a fine feeling for theatrical space by Director Bob McGrath...he has conjured up a dreamlike world, in which the actors seem to float.”
ÑRichard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune

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Juxtapoz Magazine

The Death Of Klinghoffer

Klinghoffer
“I am an old woman. I thought you were dead.”
Klinghoffer

An opera based on the 1985 hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro:

Brooklyn Academy of Music - Next Wave Festival, December 2003

Composed by John Adams

Libretto by Alice Goodman

Brooklyn Philharmonic; Conducted by Robert Spano

Directed by Bob McGrath

Films by Bill Morrison

Projections by Laurie Olinder

The New York Virtuoso Singers; Harold Rosenbaum, Artistic Director

Klinghoffer

Lighting design by Matt Frey

Costumes by Kaye Voyce

“This new production, described as a staged concert version, by the director Bob McGrath, in association with Ridge Theater, may offer this opera its best chance to reach audiences in the way its creators intended”.

—Anthony Tommasini, The New York Times, 12/5/03

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New York Times review (PDF)

International Herald Tribune review (PDF)

Hypatia

Hypatia
“She Is No Longer Behind A Screen.”

A play by Mac Wellman

Directed by Bob McGrath

Projection Design by Laurie Olinder

Set Design by Molly Hughes

Lighting by Jane Cox

Composition and Sound Design Jay Hagenbuckle

SoHo Rep, NYC, May 10 - June 5, 2000

Charlie In The House Of Rue

Charlie
“Why Is Everybody Laughing?”
Charlie

A silent play with music

Written by Robert Coover

Thomas Derrah as Charlie

Adapted by Bob McGrath / Ridge Theater / Robert Brustein

Music by Bill Frisell

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Film by Bill Morrison

Directed by Bob McGrath

Presented by American Repertory Theatre (ART) and Ridge Theater

Hasty Pudding, Cambridge, MA

Chaos

Chaos
“A Butterfly's Wing In Beijing Can Magnify 'Til It Sets A Kansas Cyclone Spiraling.”
Chaos

A modern opera.

Composer Michael Gordon

Libretto by Mathew McGuire

Directed by Bob McGrath

Music by Michael Gordon

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Film by Bill Morrison

Dramaturge Daniel Zippi

Co-presented with The Creation Company and Bang on a Can

The Kitchen, New York

Chaos

New York Times Review: Check it out

Alice In Bed

Alice In Bed
“The Innocent Boy Came And I Tried To Corrupt Him.”
Alice In Bed

A play by Susan Sontag

North American Premiere

Directed by Bob McGrath

Projections by Laurie Olinder

Film by Bill Morrison

Stephanie Roth as Alice

Alice In Bed

Presented by the American Repertory Theatre, Loeb Stage, Cambridge, MA