Akron’s Center for Applied Theatre and Active Culture (CATAC) and New World Performance Lab (NWPL) present Seattle’s premiere ensemble-based theatre company, Akropolis Performance Lab (APL), and its production of “The Glas Nocturne” Nov. 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. and November 21 at 2 p.m. at The Balch Street Theatre, 220 South Balch St., in Akron.
Tickets are $15 and seating is very limited. Reservations may be made by calling (330) 867-3299 or online at glas.brownpapertickets.com.
“The Glas Nocturne” enjoyed rave reviews during its world premiere run in Seattle last spring. The performance is adapted by Co-Artistic Director Joseph Lavy from Hjalmar Söderberg’s scandalous 1905 fin-de-siecle novel “Doktor Glas.” It is a noir-style monodrama of psycho-sexual fixation, moral questioning, and murder — instigated by the story of a reverend, his wife, their doctor, her lover and a little potassium cyanide.
In unfolding his tale, the emotionally isolated and psychologically repressed Dr. Glas manifests the tension between his scientific, analytical, restrained self and his poetic, erotic, sensualist self. “The Glas Nocturne” twines Glas’ intense revelations with live performances of solo piano nocturnes and evocative a cappella settings of Swedish songs of the night for an exquisite, resonant audience experience.
Akropolis Performance Lab (APL) is an ensemble-based theatre company founded in Seattle in 2000 by Co-Artistic Directors Joseph and Zhenya Lavy. Working in the artistic lineage of Central and Eastern European masters such as Meyerhold, Vakhtangov and Grotowski, APL has developed Theatre of Polyphony, its aesthetic signature for ensemble-driven work at the nexus of physical action, song and text that transcends popular pressures to common relevancy and pulses with the temporal force of artistic permanence. Recent work includes “Pomegranate & Ash” (2015, On the Boards Open Studio) and “Uncle Vanya” (2014).
The Akron performances of The Glas Nocturne mark a homecoming for Joseph and Zhenya Lavy, who were founding members of New World Performance Laboratory, graduates of The University of Akron, and long-time Akron residents before relocating to Washington state.
TRAILER VIDEO: https://vimeo.com/142063697
• ADAPTATION/MISE-EN-SCENE: Joseph Lavy
• CO-DIRECTORS: Joseph Lavy and Annie Paladino
• MUSIC DIRECTOR & PIANIST: Zhenya Lavy
• DR. GLAS: Joseph Lavy
• CHORUS OF DREAM WOMEN: Annie Paladino, Catherine Lavy, Emily Jo Testa, and Zhenya Lavy
• November 20, 8pm
• November 21, 2pm & 8pm
• Run Time: approx. 90 minutes, no intermission