An immersive theatre experience.

Welcome. Come in. Have a drink.
See someone you would like to meet? Follow them. Watch them.
When you are done, find a new partner and follow them.
There are soldiers, wives, poets: whatever you like.
Don’t want to commit? Then just wander from room to room and see who you find.
Sneak out to the garden.Have an encounter in the ballroom.
Try it. It doesn’t matter. Nothing matters.

(Space each night is limited to the first 50 guests.)

 

The original text for LA RONDE, was written by Viennese author and dramatist Arthur Schnitzler.  Named for a type of dance, the audience meets 10 individuals who exchange sexual partners throughout the piece.  Considered scandalous for its indictment of sexuality among the upper, educated class, Schnitzler’s piece acted as an expose of the hypocritical attitudes of his time.

The play was banned by censors preventing its first public performance until 1920, 23 years after it had been written. When it was finally performed Schnitzler was charged with being a “Jewish Pornographer” with the courts taking a year to formally dismiss the charges. The public abuse was enough for the writer to withdraw his script from performance until 40 years after his death. 

More than 100 years after its first censor, director BRENNA GEFFERS has taken a new approach in her experimental adaptation of LA RONDE, with more inclusive representation of sexual orientations and a less restrictive view of gender roles. The travelling and immersive experience of this new adaptation creates as much a sensibility of voyeurism as theater-going, with each viewer intentionally invading the private spaces, eavesdropping on the personal conversations, and observing the intimate assignations.
 

Performance Dates:
Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Friday, June 1, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, June 2, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Thursday, June 7, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Friday, June 8, 2018 @ 8:00PM
Saturday, June 9, 2018 @ 8:00PM

Venue Information:
Frear House
113 2nd St.
Troy, NY
12180


Ticket Information:
Adult Tickets - $15
Students/Seniors/Veterans - $10

PURCHASE TICKETS FOR LA RONDE

 

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HUSBAND: *Ross Beschler
(founding member of the Wilma Theatre’s resident Hothouse Company in Philadelphia)

ACTRESS:  *Ethan Botwick
(Troy Foundry Theatre, Saratoga Shakespeare Company, The Public Theatre);

WIFE: Colleen Corcoran
(EgoPo Classic Theatre, Cape Code Rep.)

GENTLEMAN:  Anthony Crosby
(The Mechanical Theater, Die-Cast Theatre, Philadelphia Opera Collective)

MAID:  Emily Curro
(Troy Foundry Theatre, Shanghai Repertory Theatre, C-R Productions, Park Playhouse)

SOLDIER:  Jacob Morgan Fisch
(Troy Foundry Theatre, SUNY Purchase BFA Acting Conservatory)

SWEET MISS: Raya Malcolm
(Saratoga Shakespeare Company, Boston Playwright’s Theatre, Poet’s Theatre, Central Square Theatre)

COUNT: *John Romeo
(Troy Foundry Theatre, Capital Repertory Theatre, NYSTI)

WHORE:  Caroline Whelehan
(Capital Repertory Theatre, Pacific Conservatory Theatre)

POET: *Amy Kirkpatrick Rosen
(NYU, Circle in the Square)

*Member of Actors' Equity Union