Earth In Trance

by Gerald Thomas

directed by Gerald Thomas

La MaMa E.T.C. presents the New York Premiere of Brazil’s Dry Opera Theater Company in EARTH IN TRANCE. This highly stylized comedy is written and directed by avant garde legend Gerald Thomas. The original Brazilian cast, which includes Fabiana Gugli and puppeteer Juliano Antunes, will premiere Thomas’ new English language translation of the piece. EARTH IN TRANCE orbits around a diva who is trapped in her dressing room. While she slowly goes mad, she tells her life story to a swan who lives back stage. Descending into madness, she never stops feeding the animal “for foie gras purposes.” Described by The New York Times as “the eternal enfant terrible of Brazilian theater” Gerald Thomas has established a reputation as a visionary director of the avant garde while working in collaboration with artists including Samuel Beckett, Heiner Muller and Philip Glass. From 1979 - 1984 he directed 18 plays by Beckett at La MaMa; included among these were All Strange Away and That Time starring Julian Beck in his only performances outside The Living Theater. In 1985, Thomas founded The Dry Opera Theater Company in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Here he has created nearly two dozen works including The Flash and Crash Days, The Kafka Trilogy, The Ventriloquist and Waiting for Beckett that have been seen in 15 countries with stops including Lincoln Center, Munich State Theater and Vienna's Wiener Festwochen. Thomas is the recipient of three Moliere Prizes and eighteen other awards. He has been the subject of television documentaries for the Germany’s NDR 3, Brazil’s TV Cultura, USA's PBS and Austria’s ORF. In 2003, he was indicted for public indecency in Brazil after mooning an audience who booed his radical reworking of Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, sparking debate and landing his derriere on newspaper covers internationally. He is currently working on his autobiography, Suicide Note.

Performances: 

 12/14/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/15/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/16/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/17/2006 at 2:30pm
 12/17/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/21/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/22/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/23/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/28/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/29/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/30/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/31/2006 at 2:30pm
 12/31/2006 at 8:00pm
 12/31/2006 at 8:00pm

Theatre/Venue La MaMa Experimental Theatre 

74A East 4th St  New York

Phone Number for Reservations 212-475-7710 
Website for reservations www.lamama.org  
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Producing Organization: LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club  
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