Bated Breath Theatre Company presents: VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Bated Breath Theatre Company
Live Dance-Theater Experience Premieres
VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC
Performances begin September 30
Bated Breath Theatre Company premieres VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC, a pandemic-friendly walking tour inspired by their long-running immersive hit Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec (named one of the “best immersive plays and interactive theatrical experiences” by Time Out). This open air, immersive dance-theater experience guides an intimate eight-person audience through the dreams of iconic artist Toulouse-Lautrec as he recalls his final absinthe-laced years living and working in Montmartre. Performances begin September 30th.
The sidewalks, doorways and windows of Greenwich Village become the setting for VOYEUR as live accompaniment collides with the city’s soundscape, transporting attendees into the bohemian world of 1899 Paris. During the tour, audience members are led to iconic locations within the Village, including Judson Church, The Duplex and Chashama — with other secret stops along the way.
VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC is conceived and directed by Mara Lieberman with puppet design and construction by James Ortiz (Hercules, The Woodsman); sets by Sadra Tehrani, Lina Younes and Ebony Burton; costumes by Christopher Metzger; lighting by Ebony Burton; and sound design by Mark Van Hare. Dmitiriy and Masha Umanskiy serve as music directors with choreography by Kelsey Rondeau and Leila Mire. The cast includes Allison Lian, Ashley Burton, Brandon P. Raines, Chris Rehmann, Jordon Waters, Katherine Winter, Kayla Yee, Kelsey Rondeau, Leila Mire, Ryan Lisa, Ethan Pravetz, Marin Orlosky, Megan Khaziran, Natasha Frater, Nathan Carter, Persephone Squires, Ronnie Jarmon, Royston Scott and Xandra Schultz.
In an effort to maintain additional safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, audience members will be required to wear a mask at all times and maintain a safe social distance for the duration of the performance. Hand sanitizing stations will be available at stops throughout the tour. This immersive performance is hosted primarily outdoors, with one short venture indoors into a spacious atmosphere capable of safe social distancing. A flexible ticket exchange policy will be offered to those who may feel ill in order to facilitate responsible event participation.
VOYEUR will run rain or shine (except in cases of extreme weather) and audience members are asked to check local weather forecasts and dress accordingly.
Bated Breath Theatre Company creates immersive, participatory theatre and dance that wakes up the body, resurrects sleeping histories, and electrifies non-traditional theatre spaces. Bated Breath had just crossed 100 performances of their site-specific hit, Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec at Madame X when the pandemic forced a pause in performances. The Company premiered its interactive art auction play Beneath the Gavel Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres in 2017 and has performed the play on a recurring basis at Feinstein’s/54 Below. They’ve performed their award-winning Freedom: In 3 Acts as part of the New Haven Festival of Arts and Ideas and at the New England Museum Association Annual Conference as part of the keynote address. Bated Breath’s short play The Pride of Christopher Street was part of the Up Close Festival at the New Ohio Theatre. Bated Breath is also currently working on a new interactive wine tasting play in collaboration with wine journalist Jane Anson. For more information, visit www.batedbreaththeatre.org.
Mara Lieberman has served as Executive Artistic Director, director, and lead writer for all of Bated Breath’s shows since she took the helm in 2012 including Unmaking Toulouse-Lautrec, Beneath the Gavel, the award-winning Freedom: In 3 Acts, The Pride of Christopher Street (co-written with Jamie Roach), and Wild Things. Additionally, she has adapted and directed plays at The New York Fringe Festival, The New Haven Festival of Arts & Ideas, New Georges The Room, and HERE’s American Living Room Festival. She also served as assistant to Lloyd Richards at the National Playwright’s Conference. In 2018, Mara was a recipient of an Artistic Excellence Award from the Connecticut Office of the Arts. She earned her BA from Sarah Lawrence College and her Masters in Performance Studies from Northwestern University.
VOYEUR: THE WINDOWS OF TOULOUSE-LAUTREC runs September 30 - November 7. The performance begins at The Duplex, 61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue South. Performances are Wednesday through Saturday and audiences depart every 30 minutes from 6pm-9pm (Thursdays run 7pm – 9pm and no performances Oct. 23). Running time is approximately 1 hour. Audience members must be able to climb stairs and be on their feet for the duration of the performance. Tickets are $75 for General Admission or $84 including a pre-show, themed cocktail. Visit www.unmakinglautrecplay.com for times, tickets and further details.
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