New City Stage Remounts Sam Shepard Monologue Hits SAVAGE/LOVE and TONGUES

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New City Stage Company presents return of their 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival hit, companion monologues, SAVAGE/LOVE and TONGUES, written and conceived by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. Featuring original music and live accompaniment, this limited re-release runs for only 5 performances from May 26 to June 3, 2012 at the Adrienne Theatre.

SAVAGE/LOVE graphic with Russ Widdall

Russ Widdall in the re-imagined production of Sam Shepard's SAVAGE/LOVE and TOGUES.

City Paper describe the duel poetic pieces as 'seamless bond of words, motion, and sound' and hails the production as 'a soaring soul plunge.'

New City Stage Company is thrilled to announce the return of their 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival hits SAVAGE/LOVE and TONGUES, written and conceived by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin. These companion one-act poetry plays will run for 5 performances from May 26 to June at the Adrienne Theater Second Stage at 2030 Sansom Street in downtown Philadelphia. The show is being performed in reparatory with Asymmetric (see the end of this release for more information). Tickets are only $10, and include 1 complimentary drink. Ticket information is available at and by calling 215-563-7500.

In a season entitled 'The Terror Within", New City began with a unique modern interpretation of the two one-act monologues from 1978 written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard in conjunction with distinguished actor/director Joseph Chaikin. Savage/Love and Tongues are two of the best known Avant garde performances pieces in the English language. Besides the beats and depths of a poetry reading, they incorporate a battery of percussive instruments to highlight and underscore the emotional journey of the protagonist. SAVAGE/LOVE is a propulsive quest of a lonely man looking for love and a prelude to TONGUES, a passionate fever dream in which a dying man delivers his last rites. These stream of consciousness confessionals are written to be performed with live percussion accompaniment.

New City’s Co-Artistic Director Russ Widdall reprises his role as the Poet, working with the original text but taking the opportunity to fine tune some of the choreography and moments. Originally performed with a just a DJ, this newer realization of the rarely down monologues will utilize the a DJ/sound designer as well as fully trained musician. Josh Fox, a multi-instrumentalist who plays over a dozen instruments, will not only reprise the use of handmade percussive instruments but also add in live drumming. Fox was born and raised in Wasila, Alaska, he now owns and operates his own home studio in the Art Museum area of Philadelphia. He plays in numerous bands in the tri-state area, including 2 Years Apart and Gray Fox, whose recordings he produces (tracks are available on iTunes).

Also, with the assistance of sound designer Ren Manley, Fox will be able take the already existing soundscape created by the first production. Manley, who is currently designing the world premiere of ASYMMETRIC, received great praise for her sound design work for New City’s March production Terrorism, a show where “the production values are impressively high” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Additionally, the rest of the production staff has been brought back to remount this production.

During the 2011 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the City Paper described the duel poetic pieces as “seamless bond of words, motion, and sound” and hailed the production as “a soaring soul plunge” and noting that “Russ Widdall performs both [monologues] with intensity and humor.” Stage Magazine called Russ Widdall’s performance as “tour-de-force portrayal of a tormented soul at two stages of life” in “this first-rate production.”

The show runs less than an hour with one intermission. Each ticket includes a complimentary beer, glass of wine or other beverage. Additional drinks can be purchased at the theatre. All of the proceeds from this remounted production go to support the inception of New City’s reading series, "Voices for a New City", which will start in the fall of the 2012-13 season. The reading series will feature young new playwrights’ works and be artistically directed and administered by recent college graduates to give them a forum to develop their voices as artists.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR PRESS TICKETS: Contact publicist Ginger Dayle at Publicity(at)NewCityStage(dot)org. You can also visit the production page for photos and media related to the show here.

Written & Conceived by Sam Shepard & Joseph Chaikin
Performed by Russ Widdall and Josh Fox

5 performances only:
Saturday         May 26 at 11 PM     Opening Night
Sunday         May 27 at 6 PM
Monday         May 28 at 8 PM
Saturday        June 2 at 11 PM
Sunday       June 3 at 1 PM        

Adrienne Theatre Second Stage
2030 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Production staff list

About New City Stage Company:
New City Stage Company, founded in 2006, is dedicated to presenting high quality professional theatre that engages audiences on a variety of levels; not only entertaining them but also encouraging awareness of issues relevant to the community. We draw our season from contemporary and classical works, with a special focus on including Philadelphia premiers from playwrights whose work and stories are not normally found in the region.

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Also being performed by New City Stage Company at the Adrienne Theatre Second Stage:

A world premiere by Mac Rogers
Directed by Russ Widdall
May 17 to June 10, 2012

More information about ASYMMETRIC

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