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    Bow Down

    You could not have lived through the attacks of September 11 without being changed by them, and without thinking "Who are we?", "Who feels that they have had to bow down to us?" and "Who or what do we bow down to?". This, in a nutshell, is the notion of "Bow Down," a new play by Joe Brady, directed by Raine Bode, to be presented by The Club at La MaMa E.T.C. April 4 to 21. The piece is set "on a stage at La MaMa," where a cast of newly-independent young adults are performing a comedy based on the events of the past year. It's a play-within-a-play, sort of a post 9/11 "Six Characters in Search of an Author," which gives the feeling of being in a tornado as one's life-elements are stripped away by events larger than oneself. A young man bows down to love, another young man bows down to the terrorist attacks, an actor gives a disquisition on hero worship and personal risk, and all grope around for emotional ballast. Pop culture nomenclature and images waft through their minds, the script and the playing space, like harpies. The total effect is meant to be greater than the sum of its parts, embodying the personal swirl of a generation which has heard, loud and clear, the stern command of the forces of history to get real. The effect is not to be beheld in the disconnected plot line of the piece, but in a greater sense: the refraction of life's ephemera in the double-illusion of a stage in the stage. The play was written on impulse by Joe Brady, based on conversations with director Raine Bode in which they marveled at ideas of what they were and were not willing to bow down to after the events of 9/11. The song, "Bow Down," came first, and a play congealed around it, filled with little realistic moments and scenes and a stream-of-conscious feeling overall. Brady and Bode had been collaborators in a theater group called The Flying Tongues in Baltimore, where Bode had directed Brady's play, "Punch the Clock," which wedded monologues with sketch comedy.

    Dates:  April 4, 2002 - April 21, 2002
    Schedule:  Thurs.-Sat. 10 p.m., Sun. 5:30 p.m.
    Venue:  La Mama Experimental Theater, 74A East 4th St.
    Price:  $15, members $12
    Tickets/info:  (212) 475-7710


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