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    Charlie Victor Romeo

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    One of the most unique and riveting theatrical experiences to hit New York in seasons, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO (CVR) is a live performance documentary derived entirely from the "Black Box" transcripts of six major real-life airline emergencies. Allowing the audience into the tension-filled cockpits of actual flights in distress, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO is a fascinating portrait of the psychology of crisis and a testimony to the ability to live to the last second of life. What is going on up there behind the door in the front of the airplane? Who are these people we trust our lives to, and what do they really do when things go horribly wrong? Created by Bob Berger, Patrick Daniels, and Irving Gregory with Sound Design by Jamie Mereness, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO opened in the fall of 1999 at the Collective: Unconscious Theater in the heart of New York's Lower East Side's thriving artistic community. Due to the overwhelming response from the press, aviation community and the general public, CVR extended five times in an entirely sold-out eight-month run. Embraced by the aviation community for its unsparing truthfulness and dedication to its non-sensational approach, CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO has been filmed by the US Air Force as a training video for pilots and has been observed by West Point cadets enrolled in courses studying engineering psychology and human error. It is estimated that over one-third of the production's audiences have been members of the aviation community. Charlie Victor Romeo has also been embraced by the medical error prevention community as a means of transferring information, research, and techniques from aviation human factors to the medical community. Charlie Victor Romeo has been performed in conjunction with conferences of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, The National Patient Safety Foundation, The American College of Physician Executives, and the Queens Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. CVR has also generated great interest from the medical community and has been invited to be performed for groups of physicians and healthcare administrators studying the effects of human error and emergencies in a medical context. CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO has been awarded 2000 Drama Desk Awards for Best Unique Theatrical Experience and Outstanding Sound Design and the 2000 New York International Fringe Festival awards for Overall Excellence in Drama and Outstanding Sound Design. Recently CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO was awarded the Backstage West Garland Award for Best Sound Design 2002. Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Village Voice, The Hollywood Reporter, ABC News, PBS's "NewsHour with Jim Lehrer" and many other sources have heralded CHARLIE VICTOR ROMEO as an important dramatic and technical work. CVR is being developed for several media, including a national tour of the theater piece, production of video-based pilot training tools, development of an independent film and development of a computer-based multimedia visualization tool which correlates the recreations with actual flight data in real-time.

    Dates:  Opens May 26, 2004
    Schedule:  Tues.-Sun. 8 p.m., Sat. 3 p.m.
    Venue:  P.S. 122, 150 First Ave. at 9th St.
    Price:  $30
    Official site:  http://www.charlievictorromeo.com/
    Tickets/info:  (212) 477-5288


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