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    Chronicles: A Lamentation

    Poland's celebrated Song of the Goat Theatre makes its U.S. debut with CHRONICLES, A LAMENTATION — based on the story of Gilgamesh and hailed abroad. Previews begin April 15 prior to opening April 18 at La Mama ETC Annex Theatre (66 East 4 Street). Song of the Goat Theatre's engagement in New York is presented by La MaMa ETC in association with the Polish Cultural Institute (producers of OUT AT SEA and STRIPTEASE, presented to acclaim this past January). Under the direction of Grzegorz Bral, CHRONICLES, A LAMENTATION is performed — with finely tune integration of body, voice and gesture — by a seven-member ensemble that has performed the piece in many countries around the world. Drawing from the traditions of lamentations for occasions from weddings to funerals in cultures as wide-ranging as English-speaking countries, Polish, Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Greek and Farsi, CHRONICLES, A LAMENTATION is a striking and international blend of languages, music and dance, weaving together stories about how people from different worlds celebrate the living and the dead. The story of Gilgamesh — the King of Babylonian legend who failed in his quest for eternal life — serves as the background for CHRONICLES, A LAMENTATION. CHRONICLES suggests a startling new discovery in the archeology of theatre: that these lamentations may have inspired and outlived the golden age of ancient Greek theatre.

    Dates:  April 18, 2004 - May 2, 2004
    Previews start: April 15, 2004
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sun. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m.
    Venue:  La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.
    Price:  $20
    Tickets/info:  (212) 475-7710

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