VIY HAUNTS NEW YORK STAGE
New York?s Lightning Strikes company is bringing an alternative version of Nikolai Gogol?s classic 1833 supernatural tale THE VIY to the stage this month. This irreverent adaptation of Gogol?s story (which served as the basis of the same-named 1967 Russian film as well as Mario Bava?s BLACK SUNDAY) is written and directed by award-winning playwright and frequent Video Watchdog contributor Richard Harlan Smith, and billed as ?THE EVIL DEAD meets WAITING FOR GODOT.? The website goes on to describe it thusly: ?Borrowing from such disparate influences as Paul Sills? Story Theatre, the Borscht Belt humor of Mel Brooks and the foreboding shadowplay of German Expressionism, THE VIY attends the panic of roguish philosopher Khoma Brut, assigned to pray for three nights over the body of a dead girl who rises out of her coffin each midnight to torment him. Enacted by a large ensemble cast of players performing their own sound, music and visual effects, THE VIY is intended as a celebration of storytelling and the art of myth-making.?
The cast includes Stephen Aloi, Jamie Askew, Roy Bacon, Jeff Buckner, Tom Cappadona, Michael Cuomo, Julie Hera, Karl Jacob, Leo Jenicek, Lou Kylis, Suzanne Levinson, Michelle Maryk, John McDermott, Misha Pogul, Jeremy Schwartz, Jarrod Spector and Julie Whitney. The show runs Wednesday, March 17th through Saturday, April 10th, Wednesdays-Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. nightly, at the HERE Arts Center (145 Sixth Avenue, between Spring and Broome Streets). Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling SmartTix at 212-868-4444, on-line at www.here.org or at the door. No reservations are being accepted; tickets are to be prepaid or bought at the door only.
Courtesy of Fangoria