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“In The Bar Of A Tokyo Hotel”

Maria Torres, Shashi Balooja

Media At Large Productions presents a unique revival of Tennessee Williams’
IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL which opened on October 18, 2012  Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). This distinctive revival is co-directed by Shashi Balooja and Maria Torres and the first to incorporate live streaming video and dance. Maria Torres also choreograph.

 

Maria Torres, Shashi Balooja

Media At Large Productions presents a unique revival of Tennessee Williams’
IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL which opened on October 18, 2012  Off-Broadway at New World Stages (340 West 50th Street). This distinctive revival is co-directed by Shashi Balooja and Maria Torres and the first to incorporate live streaming video and dance. Maria Torres also choreograph.

 

 

Alycia M. Perrin, Maria Torres, Ryan H. Rankine

IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL  is a tale of love, loss, and tremendous pain masked and healed by the artistic beauty of a painting on a "living canvas". Mark, an alcoholic painter and his promiscuous wife Miriam are two Americans trapped in a very troubled marriage and in a Tokyo hotel. A once successful artist, Mark tries desperately to reinvigorate his career but due to the stress of his failing marriage, indulgent lifestyle and the toxicity of being trapped in a room full of paint and turpentine, he finds the goal to be exceedingly difficult. On the verge of a nervous breakdown, he’s convinced himself that he is the first artist to discover color – and sinks deeper into his psychosis, spreading his canvases on the floor and spraying paint on them while rolling around in the nude. Mark believes he is creating his ultimate masterpiece. With his obvious diminishing physical and mental capabilities, in addition to Miriam’s attempts to have him committed, he races against his own inevitable fate.
 

Licia James Zegar, Ed Trucco

Balooja and Torres approached the play with segments set to movement and music. Dancers provided interpretive elements of the canvasses, in conjunction with other media including live streaming video, bringing the images of Mark’s canvasses to life – as so vividly described in the play.

Xiao Wang is the Scenic/Projection Designer, Vanessa Leuck is the Costume Designer, Kevin Feustel is the Sound Designer, Zephan Ellenbogen is the Lighting Designer and Spike McCue is the Assoc. Projection Designer. Dreamcatcher Entertainment is the Project Management team.

IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL are Wednesdays – Mondays at 8PM; Sundays at 7:30PM; Matinees are Saturday at 2PM and Sundays at 3PM.
 
Tickets are $55 and can be purchased through telecharge online at www.telecharge.com, by calling 212.239.6200 or at the New World Stages box office prior to each performance.

Sekou McMillwe, Shashi Balooja, Ed Trucco, Maria Torres. Licia James Zegar, Brandon Lim

Photography By Barry Gordin
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Ed Trucco, Licia James Zegar, Shashi Balooja