World Premier of Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns by OBIE Award winner Ellen Maddow
February 13, 2018: OBIE Award winner Ellen Maddow’s new musical piece, Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns, opened at HERE in a world premier presentation by Talking Band. The 70 -minute musical-theater work written and composed by Maddow is directed by Ellie Heyman, the director in residence at Joe’s Pub. Fusiform Gyrus runs through February 25, 2018 at HERE, 145 6th Avenue.
Big ideas bump up against big sound in the Talking Band’s new music-theater work, where five brassy horns and two eccentric scientists leapfrog from epiphany to epiphany. Fusiform Gyrus – A Septet for Two Scientists and Five Horns celebrates the resilience of friendship, the power of music to make us feel like anything can happen, and the rigorous tradition of scientific discovery in a world where scientific truth is often challenged.
The cast includes OBIE Award winners Tom Nelis (Broadway’s Indecent, The Visit, Enron) and Paul Zimet (The Room Sings, The Golden Toad, This Was the End), and a motley quintet of horn players, including Chris DiMeglio (trumpet), Lathan Hardy (alto sax), Sam Kulik (tuba), Jessica Lurie (baritone sax) and Peter Zummo (trombone).
Talking Band’s original interdisciplinary performance work has been a constant force in New York City’s avant-garde theater community for 44 years. Founded in 1974 the company has produced over fifty new works illuminating the extraordinary dimensions of ordinary life, combining rich musical-theater with striking visual imagery. Talking Band has performed at nearly all of New York City’s celebrated downtown venues and its original productions have toured throughout the U.S. and internationally to 14 countries. For more info visit TalkingBand.org.
The production team includes Anna Kiraly (Set & Video Design), Mary Ellen Stebbins (Lighting Design), Kiki Smith (Costume Design) and Kristin Kelly (Production Stage Manager).
Performances are Tuesdays – Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $25 from Feb 7-11, $30 from Feb 14-25. Student tickets are $20. Purchase at HERE.org or by calling 212-352-3101.
Opening Night Photography Barry Gordin