A new play by Jocelyn Clarke, based on texts from the many public conversations with American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren create a unique live art performance, part chess game and part music happening, which explores the words and ideas of a visionary artist. Come experience the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of Cage’s insights about the world, about art and music, philosophy and the adventures that life presents through the conversations that he engaged in throughout his life. Dense and humorous, graceful and penetrating, this is SITI Company in an adventurous mood, landing lightly upon the profound truths to which we all can relate.READ MORE
Tickets are $15.00. Tickets are $10 for seniors 55+. Tickets are $5 with Butler ID or children under 18.
Running Time: 90 minutes, no intermission
Conceived and Directed by Anne Bogart
Text arranged by Jocelyn Clarke from the words of John Cage
Created by SITI Company
Choreography by Barney O’Hanlon
Scenic and Costume Design by James Schuette
Lighting Design by Brian H Scott
Sound Design by Darron L West
Production Stage Manager: Ellen M. Lavaia
“He”: Will Bond
“She”: Ellen Lauren
A new play by Jocelyn Clarke, based on texts from the many public conversations with American composer, writer, artist, and philosopher John Cage. SITI actors Will Bond and Ellen Lauren create a unique live art performance, part chess game and part music happening, which explores the words and ideas of a visionary artist. Come experience the wide-open mind-bending brilliance of Cage’s insights about the world, about art and music, philosophy and the adventures that life presents through the conversations that he engaged in throughout his life. Dense and humorous, graceful and penetrating, this is SITI Company in an adventurous mood, landing lightly upon the profound truths to which we all can relate.
SITI Company was built on the bedrock of ensemble. We believe that through the practice of collaboration, a group of artists working together over time can have a significant impact upon both contemporary theater and the world at large. Through our performances, educational programs, and collaborations with other artists and thinkers, SITI Company will continue to challenge the status quo, train to achieve artistic excellence in every aspect of our work, and offer new ways of seeing and of being as both artists and as global citizens. SITI Company is committed to providing a gymnasium-for-the-soul where the interaction of art, artists, audiences and ideas inspire the possibility for change, optimism and hope.
Founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki, and a group of likeminded artists, SITI Company began as an agreement to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange, training and collaboration. Originally envisioned as a summer institute in Saratoga Springs, New York, SITI expanded to encompass a year-round Season inclusive of touring, the creation of new work and running a biennial Conservatory program for 9 months of the year to cultivate the next generation of independent theater artists. Based in New York City, SITI continues to operate its international training program during its summer season in Saratoga. The Company is known nationally and internationally as a top-level artistic collective that generates groundbreaking theater.
In addition to Co-Artistic Directors Anne Bogart, Leon Ingulsrud and Ellen Lauren, SITI Company is comprised of eight actors, four designers and a playwright. The company represents a change in thinking about the relationships between artists and institutions. Offering performances from our varied repertoire, and workshops in the unique theater training we champion, SITI Company is dedicated to establishing long lasting relationships with theater presenters and their communities around the world.
Anne Bogart (Director) Anne Bogart is one of the three Co-Artistic Directors of the SITI Company, which she founded with Japanese director Tadashi Suzuki in 1992. She is a Professor at Columbia University where she runs the Graduate Directing Program. Works with SITI include Chess Match No. 5; Lost in the Stars; Persians; Steel Hammer; A Rite; Café Variations; Trojan Women (After Euripides); American Document; Antigone; Under Construction; Freshwater; Who Do You Think You Are; Radio Macbeth; Hotel Cassiopeia; Death and the Ploughman; La Dispute; Score; bobrauschenbergamerica; Room; War of the Worlds–the Radio Play; Cabin Pressure; Alice’s Adventures; Culture of Desire; Bob; Going, Going, Gone; Small Lives/Big Dreams; The Medium; Noel Coward’s Hay Fever and Private Lives; August Strindberg’s Miss Julie; and Charles Mee’s Orestes. Recent operas include: Handel’s Alcina, Dvorak’s Dimitrij Verdi’s Macbeth, Bellini’s Norma and Bizet’s Carmen. She is the author of five books: A Director Prepares; The Viewpoints Book; And Then, You Act; Conversations with Anne, and What’s the Story.
Jocelyn Clarke (Adaptation)
Jocelyn Clarke is currently Theatre Adviser to the Arts Council of Ireland and dramaturg at American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. He has taught dramaturgy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Columbia University and Trinity College Dublin. He was the Commissioning and Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre for four years, and lead theatre critic with The Sunday Tribune for nine years. He is an associate artist with The Civilians and Theatre Mitu in New York. He has written six plays for Anne Bogart and the SITI Company – Bob, Alice’s Adventures Underground, Room, Score, Antigone and Trojan Women (After Euripides).
Barney O’Hanlon (Choreographer) with SITI Company at BAM’s Next Wave Festival: War of the Worlds, bobrauschenbergamerica, Hotel Cassiopeia, Trojan Women, A Rite (with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company), and Steel Hammer with the Bang on a Can All Stars. Also at BAM: choreography and performance for Charles L. Mee’s The Glory of The World directed by Les Waters. Barney recently choreographed the world premiere of Anne Washburn and Dave Malloy’s musical Little Bunny Foo Foo, directed by Les Waters at Actor’s Theatre of Louisville as well as choreography for Anne Washburn’s 10 out of 12 at Soho Rep. also directed by Les Waters, and at Lincoln Center Theater choreography for Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy directed by Rebecca Taichman.
James Schuette (Scenic and Costume Designer)
James has designed scenery and/or costumes for over 17 SITI Company productions. His work has been seen at American Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Arena Stage, BAM, Berkeley Rep, Classic Stage, Court Theatre, Goodman Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Long Wharf Theatre, Mark Taper Forum, Manhattan Theatre Club, McCarter Theatre, New York Live Arts, New York Theatre Workshop, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Papermill Playhouse, Playwrights Horizons, The Public Theatre/New York Shakespeare Festival, Seattle Rep, Steppenwolf, Signature Theatre, Trinity Rep, Vineyard Theatre, Wexner Center, Yale Rep, Boston Lyric Opera, Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theatre, Glimmerglass Opera, Houston Grand Opera, LA Opera, Minnesota Opera, New York City Opera, Opera Theatre of St Louis, San Francisco Opera, Santa Fe Opera Seattle Opera, and internationally.
Brian H Scott (Lighting Designer) Mr. Scott hails from New York City. He is a SITI Company member and has designed lighting for Café Variations, Trojan Women and The Persians in association with the Getty Villa, American Document with the Martha Graham company, Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are, Hotel Cassiopeia, Death and the Ploughman, bobrauschenbergamerica (Henry Hewes Design Award 2004) and War of the Worlds–the Radio Play. With Rude Mechanicals, Stop Hitting Yourself; Now Now, Oh Now; Method Gun; I’ve Never Been So Happy, How Late It Was, How Late; Lipstick Traces Requiem for Tesla and Matchplay. He designed light for Ann Hamilton’s the event of a thread and the theatre is a blank page. With Park Avenue Armory he has created lighting for tears become… streams become... with Douglas Gordon, The Let Go for Nick Cave and for Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet’s Landfall.
Darron L West (Sound Designer) has been a SITI Company member since 1993. He is a TONY and OBIE award winning sound designer whose work for theater and dance has been heard in over 600 productions all over the United States and Internationally in 14 countries. Along with the 2012 Tony Award and the 1998 OBIE award for the SITI company production of Bob, his accolades also include the 2012 Princess Grace Statue as well as the Drama Desk, Lortel, Audelco, Entertainment Design Magazine EDDY, Henry Hewes and Lucille Lortel Awards.