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But this work by Brooklyn-based ensemble The TEAM is much more than just an absurd examination of what a hypothetical conversation between two of the 20th century’s larger-than-life figures might sound like, it’s a surprisingly emotional work, thanks to the reality-based secondary plot.
Right from the top, it's evident that RoosevElvis is not your ordinary take on history or gender, nor does it have an orderly chronological plot. Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis Presley come onstage first, brought to life by Kristen Sieh and Libby King who soon morph into Brenda, a recent divorcée, and Ann, a closeted gay woman. The pair meet through a singles add and take off together for a weekend on the road, à la Thelma and Louise, but with an identity twist.
RoosevElvis is the latest production of the TEAM, a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to making new work about the experience of living in America today.
WBUR/The ARTery: A.R.T. Brings Women's Activist and Artist Eve Ensler's Memoir to the Stage (May 11, 2016)
No experience is lost on Eve Ensler. Ensler is an author and artist who has immersed herself in the cause of stopping violence against women.
There may be something particularly American in the peculiar feat of becoming so ubiquitously known that you disappear. Take Elvis Presley. It seems natural that fact and fiction should intertwine in the tall tales we tell about, say, George Washington. But to disappear into myth in the age of mass media — to, in fact, use the magnifying power of newspapers, radio, television, and film to carve out an edifice that entirely obscures the person behind it — is something else entirely.
This is the first time (I believe) the TEAM have come to this area. If "RoosevElvis" is indicative of their work, let's hope they come back again soon.
Eve Ensler returns to the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) this month with a deeply personal, one-woman show that tells how her work with women brutalized by sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo helped her overcome stage IV uterine cancer.
WBUR/The ARTery: 'RoosevElvis' at OBERON - Mr. President, Meet Mr. Presley. Or Is It Ms. Presley? (May 10, 2016)
We’re never quite sure whether Ann (Libby King) — the main character in the TEAM’s strange, but charming and highly likable “RoosevElvis,” at Oberon through May 29 — has multiple personalities, or whether she’s been possessed by the spirit of Elvis Presley.
The Team, a Brooklyn, NY based company, known for their devised works, draws on American history and culture to develop their quirky, imaginative material which they tour widely. RoosevElvis, currently playing at the A.R.T.’s Oberon Theatre in Cambridge, brings together two American icons, the early twentieth-century President Theodore Roosevelt and the mid- twentieth-century rock and roll artist Elvis Presley.
Milford Daily News: Eve Ensler shares her unique journey, passion at the A.R.T. in Cambridge (May 8, 2016)
How do you recover from a childhood with a father who molested you and a mother who emotionally abandoned you? Eve Ensler would be the first to tell you that it’s not an easy path forward, and she stumbled plenty along the way, but eventually she found healing through helping. Her inspiring journey ultimately led to her remarkable humanitarian work in the Congo.