By Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Jason Gots
July 9 – July 25, 1999
“The brand-new Rorschach Theatre makes an impressive debut with a raw, muscular production of Eugene O’Neill’s THE HAIRY APE… The primal energy and intensity of the performances and staging keep the momentum lurching forward like a berserk monster.
Placing the audience on the stage brings you face-to-dirty-face with Yank’s hell. You don’t just watch, for example, the dramatic stoking of the furnace; it rings in your ears and rumbles in your chest. The production rages and bellows frequently when you expect it, but just as often when you don’t…”
– Washington Post
“Although the audience remains seated throughout, spectators should be advised to bring their raincoats. During scenes in an ocean liner’s grimy steam room, drunken coal stokers argue and flirt perilously with violence inches away from the audience. The angry, well-driven antihero, Yank, vaults to and from every corner of the stage like an ape exploring the limits of his cage. Andrew Price (Yank), rains grime-infused (it’s just makeup folks) perspiration on wincing spectators.”
– Washington City Paper
PRODUCED BY Randy Baker and Jenny McConnell
FEATURING Eric Bloom, Colleen Delaney, Morey Kogul, Walker Lambert, Andrew Price, Michael Skinner, Patrick Trainor and Grady Weatherford.
DESIGNED BY Jordana Adelman (set), Eric Grims (lighting), Linda Chittick (costumes), Peter Fox (sound), Samantha Aron and Stacy Mancine (props)
Performed on the Stage of the Goldman Theatre At the DC Jewish Community Center