In a town called Grid, balladeers compete for the affections of beautiful women.
Ode to the Man Who Kneels is an anti-style musical about the violent quest for love and the latest work from OBIE Award winner Richard Maxwell. One of the truly original voices to emerge from New York’s experimental theatre scene in recent years, Maxwell has been described as “the deadpan guy”. Stripped of affectation, the speech and mannerisms of the characters in his plays and musicals may seem unusually pokerfaced but the end results are unexpectedly lyrical and often hilarious.
Ode to the Man Who Kneels has just finished a critically acclaimed run at New York’s Performing Garage. Here’s a selection of reviews – New York Times, Time Out New York, The New Yorker, The Village Voice.
Irish Press Reviews “awkwardly funny and mystifyingly involving” Irish Times
Written, Composed and Directed by RICHARD MAXWELL
Sets and Lighting SASCHA VAN RIEL
Costumes TORY VAZQUEZ
Dramaturgy TOM KING
With: JIM FLETCHER (the Man Who Stands), ANNA KOHLER (the Woman Who Waits), EMILY CASS MCDONNELL (Juny), GREG MEHRTEN (the Man Who Kneels) and BRIAN MENDES (the Dashing Man)
Music performed by RICHARD MAXWELL and SCOTT SHERRATT
Co-producers, Belluard Bollwerk International, Arsenic, Auewirleben, Buda Kunstencentrum, Grütli Theater and Kunstencentrum Vooruit. Accomodation partners