Rock and Roll Theatre
French satire from the 1600's feels like falling asleep in high school english class. But classic French satire with a rock and roll band? That sounds better. We can thank Andy Liegl for this bold modernity on December 26th when his production of Such Foolish Affected Ladies opens at the Alt Theatre. The original play calls for violinists but this role has been liberally opened up to local band The Nepenthe. "I wanted an indie rock sound, something that my generation can click with but will still evoke foot tapping from an older, more classical crowd." You can look forward to seeing classic actors ballroom dancing to a cover of the Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer."
However, this is just a small part of the band's total function in Liegl's vision. Not only are they to provide soundtrack, but also to be a functional part of the plot direction. The play's conclusion will begin an improv session between the band and the actors. Nicole Bulger, the voice of the Nepenthe, describes it "as if we're writing a spontaneous song with a story that's being acted out in front of us. We have a lot of fun trying to come up with ways to musically express what's going on in a scene, or an actor's portrayal of a character, while still trying to have cohesiveness as a group."
This combined improvisation is yet another alternative method of presentation; a tool to include those who may previously have been left out of the demographic. Although french satires from the 1600's might not be your bag, you must agree that everything tastes better with rock and roll. So, if you're not too tired after opening presents and dealing with family, come see an alternative approach to classic theatre. "Such Foolish Affected Ladies" runs Dec 26-31, @ 7:30pm, with two matinees at 2pm on the 27th and 31st at the Alt Theater.
More information at www.myspace.com/thenepentheband.
255 Great Arrow Ave
Buffalo, NY 14207