From the Creators of SURRENDER, a HuffingtonPost Best Theatre of 2009.
"...it was a profound experience" - Ryan J. Davis
INTERNATIONAL WOW COMPANY AND BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER PRESENT
AUTO DA FE
WRITTEN BY MASATAKA MATSUDA
DIRECTED BY JOSH FOX WITH PAUL BARGETTO
"...even if you're an experimental theatre veteran with decades of Foreman and Wooster Group and so on under your belt; even as you stand in the lobby area wondering what these people mean when they tell you that "seating is part of the experience"—whatever you may have in your head won't match what happens when you enter the space for the event."
-Martin Denton, nytheatre.com
AUTO DA FE is Masataka Matsuda's breathtakingly poetic new work. A soldier named Odysseus A returns from war to find the emotional and physical landscape of his home utterly altered and unrecognizable. The play originally produced in Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan, to much popular and critical acclaim, is a dreamscape of collective amnesia, life during wartime, the selfconscious erasure of history and national identity, and a search for meaning and beauty.
English translation by Kameron Steele & Shigeki Morii
Created and Performed by International WOW Company:
Lydia Blaisdell Adam Boncz Mike Callaghan Melissa Chambers Stefani Charitou Lisa Clair
Herbie Go Sara Gozalo Beth Griffith Ikuko Ikari Georgia X. Lifsher Joanna Lu Tommy Mcginn Mary Notari Jennifer Oda
Blaire O'leary Martina Potratz Brent Reams Iracel Rivero Pedro Rafael Rodriguez Robert Saietta
Kristina Siapkara Brandon Smith Carlton Tanis Evan True
Aya Tucker Michael Villastrigo Deborah Wallace Folami Williams
DRAMATURG: Heather Denyer LIGHTING DESIGN: Charles Foster PRODUCER: Lee Gundersheimer SET DESIGN: Nate Lemoine SOUND DESIGN: Julian Mesri
STAGE MANAGER: Kate August COSTUME DESIGNER: Cait O'Connor ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS: Doug Chapman and Robert Saietta
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Don Guarnieri
Josh Fox, and his International WOW Company, the creators of SURRENDER and THE BOMB and of the upcoming SUNDANCE world premiere film GASLAND are renowned for their daring audience immersion, and their physical, explosively visual, epic theatrical style, have created a powerful spectacle like never before. With an international cast from the United States, Japan, Australia, Spain and the Philippines and an ensemble of thirty performer/dancers, AUTO DA FE is a thrilling, moving international collaboration of gripping immediacy.
“Josh Fox is one of the most adventurous impresarios of the New York avant-garde”
- NY Times
AUTO DA FE WAS FIRST PRESENTED AS A WORKSHOP AT CUNY GRADUATE CENTER MARTIN E. SEGAL PRELUDE '07: SPOTLIGHT JAPAN PROGRAM.