'Luminescent Blues' - Theater for the New City
Hours: 90 min. runtime
155 First Avenue - 212-254-1109
East Village, NY 10003
Description: "Luminescent Blues" (world premiere) by Leon Pease, directed by Sarah Semlear. Johnson Theater - Thursday, August 25 at 9:00PM; Saturday, August 27 at 7:00PM; Sunday, August 28 at 7:00PM; Monday, August 29 at 9:00PM; Tuesday, August 30 at 9:00PM; Friday, September 2 at 9:00PM; Saturday, September 3 at 2:00PM; Sunday, September 4 at 2:00PM. Running time: 90 minutes | Tickets: $12. "Luminescent Blues" is a fun tragicomedy about the internet generation. Set in three neighboring Manhattan apartments, its many characters include a woman who writes homoerotic Harry Potter fan fiction, a young man who creates stop motion Star Wars action figure porn and a drummer who's character in World of Warcraft is about to get married. Incorporating video, live music, and computer projections throughout the piece, "Luminescent Blues" explores our ever-changing relationship with the internet and each other. There's even a big musical number at the end! Beside being a playwright, Leon Pease is also founder and artistic director of Theatre in a VAN! His writing credits with Theatre in a VAN! include "The Big Spill: A 10-Minute Musical about the BP Oil Spill," "Gilgord," "King of the Moontopians," "The Subatomic Solution: A 10-Minute Musical Solution to the Conflict in the Middle East" and a new adaption of Bertolt Brecht's "The Elephant Calf." He recently premiered and starred in his own ten-minute adaptation of "The Tempest" for a projected called Shakespeare in the Shower. Pease has also co-written for projects with the Glass Bandits Theatre Company, which include "In Memoriam: A Recession Play in 13 Acts," "Hecuba the Bitch of Cynossema" and "The Best Laid Plans of Seamen." He is currently helping to produce and write music for Theatre in a VAN!'s new projects "Mrs.Perfect" and "The Visit of Unexpected Evil!" written by Crystal Skillman, which will premier at The Brick Theatre's Comic Book Festival in June. Pease holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and Film from the conservatory at SUNY Purchase and graduated from the Baltimore High School for the Performing Arts with a concentration in acting. Sarah Victoria Semlear is a theatre and experimental video director who has worked extensively with Theatre in a VAN!. Her directorial credits with Theatre in a VAN! include "The Big Spill: A 10-Minute Musical about the BP Oil Spill" and "The Subatomic Solution: A 10-Minute Musical Solution to the Conflict in the Middle East." She has also directed and created video promotions for "The Vigil or the Guided Cradle," and "HACK! An I.T. Spaghetti Western," both by Crystal Skillman. Other video and theatre cross over projects include her work on "Hecuba the Bitch of Cynossema" with Glass Bandits Theatre Company and "Friend Me: A Night of Short Performances about Technology and the Internet." Semlear currently works as an editor and encoder for both The Daily Show and the Colbert Report, at Comedy Central. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts and Film from the conservatory at SUNY Purchase.