Richard Maxwell & New York City Players Vision Disturbance
4 - 8 OCT 2017
Ticket 20,00 Euros
Ticket under 30/over 65/groups 15,00 Euros
Students 10,00 Euros
Wednesday-Saturday h. 20.00
Sunday h. 16.00
Running time: 70'
Performance in English with surtitles in Italian
Triennale Teatro dell'Arte
One of the greatest names in contemporary experimental theatre, the American director and playwright Richard Maxwell is the founder and soul of New York City Players, coming to Milan for the first time. For Vision Disturbance, he has put his trust in the communicative writing style of Christina Masciotti, acclaimed dramaturg of the New York theatre scene.
The main character of the piece is Mondo, a Greek middle-aged lady who has migrated to North America fleeing a painful past. The suffering has affected her health: Mondo suffers from a vision disturbance which prevents her from perceiving the depth of vision, causing her severe difficulties in moving, among other issues. This rare disorder reflects the woman’s psychophysical condition, her loneliness, her isolation and uprooting. The only person Mondo has contact with is Dr Hull, the eye specialist who is treating her with alternative medicine methods such as music therapy. This is an unexpected encounter for both characters, which will open for them new horizons.
Maxwell’s unaffected theatre and Masciotti’s poetic language produce a majestic comedy, which ends with a brilliant twist.
Richard Maxwell is a playwright, director, and the artistic director of New York City Players. He studied acting at Illinois State University and then became a co-founder of the Cook County Theater Department. He is a Doris Duke Performing Artist and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, two OBIE Awards, a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant, and was an invited artist in the Whitney Biennial. In 2005, he was invited for the first time to present his work in Italy on the occasion of the 37th Venice Biennial directed by Romeo Castellucci. His performances have been presented all around the world and translated in various languages. Some of his most well-known plays are Boxing 2000 (2000), Good Samaritans (2004), The End of Reality (2006), Ode to the Man Who Kneels (2007), People Without History (2009), Vision Disturbance (2010), Neutral Hero (2011), The Evening (2015). His latest book, Theater for Beginners, is published by TCG (2015). He directed Jackie Sibblies Drury’s play, Really, for New York City Players (March 2016). In April 2017, his play Samara was produced by Soho Rep., directed by Sarah Benson with original music by Steve Earle. His new work will be presented at Greene Naftali Gallery in January 2018.
Christina Masciotti is a critically acclaimed playwright who has earned comparisons to Samuel Beckett and Moliere (The New York Times; Divers Alarums). Her most recent production Raw Bacon from Poland (2017) was a Critic’s Pick in The New York Times, and her earlier work, Social Security, was named one of the Best Shows of 2015 by Helen Shaw. The scripts for her plays, Adult (2014) and Vision Disturbance (2010), have been selected for preservation in the permanent archives of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, published by Broadway Play Publishing, and Vision Disturbance was also one of Time Out New York’s Top Ten Shows of 2010. One of The New York Times’ 2015 “Faces to Watch,” Masciotti has been honored as a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow in Drama and Performance. Her work has been anthologized by Smith and Kraus, Applause Theater and Cinema Books: Best Contemporary Monologues for Women (2014 and 2016), and Best Contemporary Monologues for Men (2018).
written by: Christina Masciotti
directed by: Richard Maxwell
with: Linda Mancini and Jay Smith
set and lighting design: Adrian W. Jones
sound design: Ben Williams
costume design: Victoria Vazquez
producer/stage manager: Regina Vorria
technical director: Dirk Stevens
Vision Disturbance premiered at Abrons Arts Center in New York in 2010. It was produced by New York City Players’ American Playwrights Division, a program that supports and mentors plays by emerging playwrights.
with the support of: Fondazione Greenwall, Consiglio delle Arti dello Stato di New York, Fondazione Berks County Community, Fondazione Puffin, Fondo franco – americano per il Teatro Contemporaneo, PS 122 Global Express, Fondazione Andrew W. Mellon, Fondazione per l’Arte Contemporanea, and the generous support of many patrons.
New York City Players (inc. 1999) is a theater company creating plays about people, relationships, and above all, feeling. Our works define particularly American themes and new ways to be together. www.nycplayers.org
New York City Players staff:
Artistic Director: Richard Maxwell
Producer: Regina Vorria
Office Manager: Eric Magnus
Graphics: Michael Schmelling
Interns: Carina Goebelbecker, Bjorn Lee Varella
New York City Players is supported by the Howard Gilman Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. New York City Players is a member of A.R.T./New York photo: © Michael Schmelling