Phil Soltanoff closes out the festival with two of his distinctive new media theatrical works, L.A. PARTY and AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK. Soltanoff, an award-winning director, challenges familiar forms, build links among seemingly incompatible media and materials, and employs new technologies in surprising and human ways.
In L.A. PARTY, a fanatical vegan falls off the purity wagon one night, plunging head first into a wild, drug-induced bender in the City of Angels. Six performers take the stage to produce a compelling composite human being recounting this hilarious short story by David Barlow, mixed with live video.
AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK meticulously catalogues and remixes everything William Shatner said on the original Star Trek series. Phil Soltanoff with Joe Diebes (writer) and Rob Ramirez (systems designer) create a dynamic video oracle of the lead commander on the USS Enterprise – expanding our universe on contemporary arts and science as only Captain Kirk can.
Director: Phil Soltanoff
Writers: David Barlow/ L.A. PARTY
& Joe Diebes / AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK
Systems designer: Rob Ramirez
Performers: Mari Akita, Ilan Bachrach, David Barlow, Kristine Oakes, Rob Ramirez, Phil Soltanoff
Lighting Designer: Steve Brady
Phil Soltanoff: AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER ASTERISK performed at Coil Festival (NYC) this past January. It premiered at Fusebox Festival in Austin, Texas in 2012. Other recent projects include SITSTANDWALKLIEDOWN on Governors Island (SITELINES) and The Williamstown Theatre Festival, The Soltanoff/Findlay Project commissioned by the Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles, and I/O created in collaboration with sound artist Joe Diebes. LA Party, premiered at PRELUDE09 was featured in UNDER THE RADAR, FUSEBOX, THE HOPKINS CENTER, THE COLLAPSABLE HOLE and the FLYNN CENTER among others. Mr. Soltanoff has created two works in collaboration with Aurelien Bory and CIE111(Toulouse, France). PLAN B and MORE OR LESS, INFINITY have performed around the world including Kampnagel (Hamburg), Eurokaz Festival (Zagreb), Trafo (Budapest), Vidy Theatre (Lausanne), Centro Belem(Lisbon), Pina Bauschʼs NRW International Dance Festival (Dusseldorf), Maison de la Danse (Lyon), Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Theatre de la Ville (Paris), BITEF-42 (Belgrade) and the New Victory Theatre (NYC) among others. In addition, he collaborated with Ron Berry and Scott Wilcox to create an installation, The 12nineteen Library for the Austin Museum of Art which received a 2009 Austin Critics Table Award. Mr. Soltanoff was nominated for a Moliere Award in 2007.
AN EVENING WITH WILLIAM SHATNER was supported by The MAP Fund, funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a creation residency from the Fusebox Festival in Austin, TX.