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David Lang: anatomy theater | ICE at Prototype

  • BRIC House Ballroom 647 Fulton St NY, 11217 United States (map)

New York City Premiere
January 7, 8 and 10 - 14 at 8 PM

Inspired by actual medical texts from the 17th and 18th century, anatomy theater follows the progression of a convicted murderess from her confession to execution, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers.  It is also a moral dissection that seeks to discover how the insides of evildoers are different from those of righteous citizens.  Written by Pulitzer Prize-Winning composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, anatomy theater is a grisly, yet sardonic and tuneful theatrical event.

Composer: David Lang
Librettists: Mark Dion & David Lang
Director: Bob McGrath
Conductor: Christopher Rountree
Scenic Designer: Mark Dion
Lighting Designer: Chris Kuhl
Video Designer: Bill Morrison
Projection Designer: Laurie Olinder
Sound Designer: Garth MacAleavey
Costume Designer: Alixandra Gage Englund
Rehearsal Pianist/Vocal Coach: Mila Henry

Sarah Osborne: Peabody Southwell
Joshua Crouch: Marc Kudisch
Baron Peel: Robert Osborne
Ambrose Strang: Timur

With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE): Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello; Phyllis Chen, piano and accordion; Nathan Davis, percussion; Emi Ferguson, flute; Erica Dicker, violin; Gareth Flowers, trumpet; Anne Lanzilotti, viola; Joshua Rubin, clarinet; Randall Zigler, bass.  A recording of the work will follow the performances.

At BRIC Arts | Media | House

A Ridge Theater Production. Developed and Produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Development support provided by BRIC and MassMoCA. anatomy theater premiered at LA Opera in a Beth Morrison Projects production in June 2016.

anatomy theater was co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Ridge Theater, Justus & Helen Schlichting, Linda & Stuart Nelson, Paul King, Marla Mayer & Chris Ahearn. Additional commissioning support provided by BRIC, Nancy & Barry Sanders and Miles & Joni Benickes.  anatomy theater is funded, in part, by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts - Art Works, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.  Additional funding was provided by the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and New Music USA.

Co-presented with BRIC Arts | Media | House

Show run time: 90 minutes

Post-Performance Conversation will follow the January 11 show.


ICE’s 2016-17 performances and commissioning activities are made possible by the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, The Paul M. Angell Family Foundation, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts, The Amphion Foundation, The Pacific Harmony Foundation, The Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation, The Irving Harris Foundation, Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, The Casement Fund, the BMI Foundation, a CityArts Grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, as well as public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, the New York State Council for the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, and with the friendly support of the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung. Yamaha Artist Services New York is the exclusive piano provider for ICE.