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UNEMPLOYED LOOKS INTO THE WOOSTER GROUP

UNEMPLOYED LOOKS INTO THE WOOSTER GROUP


—Right before Covid 19 made us postpone life. We had the chance to film—

Unemployed takes you inside for an exclusive look into The Wooster Group’s rehearsals of their new work The Mother by Bertolt Brecht.

With Irfan Brkovic, Enver Chakartash, Charlie Coursey, Steve Cuiffo, Matthew Dipple, Jim Fletcher, Amir ElSaffar, Ari Fliakos, Gareth Hobbs, Elizabeth LeCompte, Bona Lee, Erin Mullin, David Sexton, Eric Sluyter, Joseph Silovsky, Jennifer Tipton, Kate Valk.

 

The legendary company has been based in Soho since the early 70s when it was still
an empty warehouse district inhabited by artists. All works have been developed at the Performing Garage at 33 Wooster Street, the permanent home and performance space for the company. Original founding members include Director Elizabeth LeCompte, Spalding Gray, Jim Clayburgh, Ron Vawter, Willem Dafoe, Kate Valk and Peyton Smith.

 

Click here for a rare archival video of their production based on Racine’s Phèdre written by Paul Schmidt in 1993 for the group titled  TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre) first performed at The Festival D’Automne, Centre Pompidou – Paris, France November 28, 2001. 

 

 

Cast:  Hippolytos: Ari Fliakos, Theramenes/Reader: Scott Shepherd, Oenone: Frances McDormand (2001-02), Sheena See (2002-06), Phèdre: Kate Valk, Theseus: Willem Dafoe (2001-02), Roy Faudree (2002-06), Venus/Referee: Suzzy Roche/Fiona Leaning, Marker 7: Koosil-ja, Marker 4: Dominique Bousquet, Video Venus: Suzzy Roche.
More on the Wooster group, soon.