#ThrowbackThursday: The Armory's theater roots run deep. As part of our ongoing series tracking the Seventh Regiment's participation in #WWI, check out this cast photo from the 1918 production of "You Know Me, Al" an entirely original musical with music, book, lyrics and a cast of male and female roles (look closely!) produced and played by the men of 27th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard. Created to distract from the tedium and hardships of training, the production first ran at Fort Wadsworth in Spartanburg, S.C., followed by a run at New York's Lexington Theatre in April, where it was staged to raise money and new recruits before the Division shipped off to France. The play was an instant hit, selling out nearly every performance, and it received a glowing review in The New York Times. After an extended run, the play was seen by an audience of more than 21,500 and netted $25,000—worth almost $372,000 today—with the final performance taking place at Washington, D.C.'s Belasco Theatre. Look for more posts tagged #107NYCentennial and #WWICC as we track the regiment on their journey from camp to the trenches throughout the year.
"It’s the basis of magic: show the audience how impossible an idea is, then do it right in front of their eyes." If you've seen #PAAYerma, you might still be wondering about the play's impossibly fast, cinematic scene changes. Tap the link in our bio to read more about director Simon Stone's collaboration with "magician" set designer Lizzie Clachan via @surfacemag (📷: Stephanie Berger)
Join us Sunday, April 15 for Sunday Salon: Film with immersive artist and filmmaker #LynetteWallworth. The afternoon includes a discussion exploring the power of emerging interactive technologies and gestural interfaces—including #virtualreality—plus screenings of Wallworth's films @collisionsvr and the multi-channel "Still Walking Country." Visit armoryonpark.org for more info (📷: Renee Stamatis/ “Collisions” film still courtesy Lynette Wallworth)
Watch: Simon Stone's radical update of Federico García Lorca’s "Yerma" starring @bpiperofficial begins previews this week! Tap the link in our profile to learn more and be among the first to experience this "astonishingly powerful" (@timeoutlondon) theatrical event beginning Friday, March 23 #PAAYerma
Tomorrow, hear experimental music from iconoclastic sound artist Alvin Curran in the Veterans Room as part of our first #ArtistsStudio event of the season! Curran will perform works from “The Alvin Curran Fakebook,” which the artist describes as “a kind of autobiography in musical notation.” Tap the link in our profile to learn more and purchase tickets #AlvinCurran (📷: Courtesy the Artist)