Legendary, award-winning experimental theater company Radiohole will present the world premiere of Tarzana!
A comic book comes alive on the stage: TARZANA is a collaboration with award-winning playwright and screenwriter Jason Grote ('Mad Men') who was commissioned by Radiohole to write text for the work. Influenced by film-makers such as Alejandro Jodorowsky and David Lynch and the New York Punk scene of the 1970s and early 80’s, TARZANA unfolds in a hand-drawn landscape following the misadventures of a guilt-ridden Superman, Two Non Blondes and architect of the Terror, Robespierre. What comes to pass is surreal mayhem in true Radiohole tradition: an uproarious, bacchanalian, beautiful mess. Be warned: there will be karaoke. And blood.
Created by Radiohole (Erin Douglass, Eric Dyer, Maggie Hoffman and Scott Halvorsen Gillette) from a script by Jason Grote. Performed by Radiohole with Amanda Bender and Ryan Holsopple.
“Yuck, what a mess. What a sticky, goopy, embarrassing, all-over-the-place and absolutely necessary mess."
Ben Brantley, The New York Times
Over the years, Radiohole has earned a reputation as one of New York’s most tenacious and uncompromising ensembles. Known for daring productions that synthesize elaborate visual design, powerful thematic material, and audacious performance Radiohole has been called the “leading innovator in New York’s third wave of avant-garde theater” by Time Out New York. Since the company's inception in a Brooklyn basement in 1998 the company has created more than 11 original works which have toured both nationally and internationally, and are presented at New York City venues including Performance Space 122, The Kitchen, and the Collapsable Hole. Radiohole's awards and commissions include Mass Live Arts, Performance Space 122, The Kitchen, The Walker Art Center, and the Andy Warhol Museum through the Spalding Gray Award among others. Their most recent work Myth (or maybe Meth) was nominated in 2014 for a Bessie award and received wide critical acclaim for their intensely stupid, painfully beautiful, and wildly uproarious revival of a play by Tom Murrin. Do not miss this world premiere.
Tarzana is a commision of Mass Live Arts, and is supported, in part, by the Maven Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and the New York State Legislature and by New York City’s Department of Cultural Affairs. Tarzana is made possible, in part, by a 2014 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Process Space residency.