Friday, September 25, 2009

Frank O'Hara and Kristin Prevallet

Verse Theater Manhattan presents staged readings of

Try! Try! by Frank O'Hara
and Clutter by Kristin Prevallet

Featuring Andy Kirtland, Dan Illian, Elizabeth Ruelas

with talk-backs on "Try! Try!" by Lytle Shaw (Monday night) and Anne Waldman (Tuesday night.)

A man. A woman. An interloper. Frank O'Hara's lyrical vignette of love, lust, and social disruption. Kristin Prevallet's contemporary snapshot of spacial claustrophobia and mental rewiring.

45 Bleecker Street Theater NY, NY- September 28, and 29, 2009 8pm

Two shows! Purchase tickets from

Try! Try!, first published in 1951, is among Frank O' Hara's earliest theater pieces, and remains one of his most lyrical and accessible works in its unnerving blend of Greek tragedy and Hollywood farce. A wife waits for her husband to come home form the war. Her lover waits for her husband to come home from the war. Her husband comes home from the war. This won't be pretty.

Clutter by poet Kristin Prevallet is a black comedy about the Internet's malevolent influence on the minds of Ben and Lacy -- two writers with opposing creative minds. Imagining a time in the not-too-distant future when we communicate directly with Google muses who cross-reference our every thought, Clutter entertains the question: can the Internet rewire our brains and remap our reality? As Nicholas Carr writes in his widely circulated article, Is Google Making Us Stupid?, "When the Net absorbs a medium, that medium is re-created in the Net's image." For Ben and Lacy, resisting being absorbed is as difficult as maintaining order in their own apartment, particularly when someone -- or something -- keeps rearranging the furniture.


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