Heavier than...
a World Premiere by Steve Yockey
directed by Abigail Deser
July 14 - August 21, 2011

This mash-up of Greek myth unfolds in the heart of a labyrinth where Aster the Minotaur contemplates turning 30 in a world that sees him as nothing more than a murderous oddity. Aster has to navigate the impending arrival of warriors out to kill him, a deceptively enticing chorus, a plotting sister, and Icarus, a sexually obsessed boy with wings, all while pining to see his estranged Mother. Yockey uses a wry dry wit, lyric text, and legend to tell a painfully funny and moving story about the families we yearn for versus the families we have.

LA Times Critic's Choice "A few things are working in favor of this theatrical long-shot. First, there’s the masculine beauty and brooding sensitivity of shirtless Nick Ballard, who plays the half-man, half-bull creature with a James Dean scowl, camera-ready six-pack and dapper pair of horns. Then there’s Abigail Deser’s stylish staging, which revels in the play's springy non-naturalism while never stomping on its tender heart. And finally there’s Yockey’s spryly inventive take on an ancient myth, a revisionist approach mixing Classical gravitas with campy humor and post-Freudian angst."

LA Weekly GO! "Yockey’s clever script becomes somewhat puzzling towards the show’s end, but for most of this 75-minute piece, it is thoroughly engaging. Abigail Deser’s fine direction brings out the best in her cast. Kurt Boecher’s scenic design team adds a strong element of the rustic with a visually appealing assemblage of towering, crated rocks. Robert Prior’s shadow puppets, wings and video design are equally impressive, as are his simple mix of costumes."

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Running time: 75 minutes

Tickets: $32 / $27 for Students and Seniors

Click here for Part 1, click here for Part 2, click here for Part 3, and click here for Part 4 of the interview

Featuring: Nick Ballard, Casey Kringlen, Jill Van Velzer, Laura Howard, Ashanti Brown, Teya Patt, Katie Locke O'Brien

Understudy Cast: Sean Hemeon, Huntley Woods, Gillian Doyle, Lindsay LaVanchy, Erin Alexis, Kalean Ung

Production Staff

Scenic Designer Kurt Boetcher

Sound Designer Martin Carrillo

Lighting Designer Lap Chi Chu

Costume Designer Robert Prior

Prop Designer Robyn Taylor

Assitant Director Caitlin Hart

Casting Director Michael Donovan

Stage Manager Rebecca Cohn

Assistant Stage Manager Anna Crowley

Production Photos Ed Krieger

 

Special Events during Heavier than...

ILLUMINATIONS

An ongoing series using the theatrical performance as a catalyst for discussion.

ON PERFORMANCE: Sunday, July 24 & Thursday, August 11

A post-show discussion with actors from Heavier than...

ON PLAYWRITING: Thursday, August 4

A post-show discussion with playwright, Steve Yockey.

ON THEME: Sunday, August 7 (beginning 45 minutes prior to the 2pm performance)

A pre-show dialogue on themes from the production.

ON DESIGN: Sunday, August 14

A post-show discussion with designers from Heavier than...

ON ARTISTIC DIRECTION: Thursday, August 18

A post-show discussion with T@BC Artistic Directors Jessica Kubzansky & Michael Michetti.

LATE NITE SALON

Fridays, July 29, August 5, 12, 19

Want somewhere to go after you see the show? Stay and talk about the play over a complimentary glass of wine with some of the show's creative people.

ECONOMIC STIMULUS FOR THEATRE LOVERS

Sunday, July 31 (2pm performance)

All tickets $5. No advance sales, cash or check only. Availability is limited.

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