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RoosevElvis

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  • May 6, 2016 - May 29, 2016

  • OBERON

  • Run Time: 95 minutes with no intermission

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Created by the TEAM
Directed by Rachel Chavkin

On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of the painfully shy meat processing plant worker, Ann, and over what kind of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain.

Mixing athleticism with artistic experimentation, celebrated theater troupe the TEAM has explored American myths from Gone with the Wind to Howl with a zany, irreverent theatricality. The TEAM returns to A.R.T. after their production Particularly in the Heartland was featured in the 2010 Emerging America Festival.

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Dominating the Landscape: The TEAM’s RoosevElvis

Strange Fusions: The TEAM talks Elvis, Buffalo, and the Badlands

For more info on the inspiration behind RoosevElvis, click here to view the RoosevElvis Educational Toolkit.

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Age Appropriateness

Recommended for grades 9 and up.

Expressed with raw experimental theatricality, this play’s themes of American masculinity, gender, and sex make for a provocative and engaging experience for prepared late middle- or high-school students. Please consult with the A.R.T. Education Department prior to attending.

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Creative team

Created by

Rachel Chavkin

Rachel Chavkin is a director, writer and artistic director of Brooklyn-based experimental collective the TEAM, whose work has been seen all over New York, the US, and internationally (including festivals across Europe, Australia, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival), and whose consensus-driven writing process was the subject of a feature length documentary by Emmy Winner Paulette Douglas. She won the Tony Award for her work on Hadestown (NYTW, National Theatre, London), which has been one of her greatest joys. She is a three-time Obie Winner, and received Tony and Lortel nominations and a Drama Desk Award for Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway, Ars Nova, A.R.T.). London: Mission Drift, National Theatre; American Clock, Old Vic. Select New York and regional: Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Obie Award, Drama Desk, and Lortel noms.), LCT; Malloy’s Preludes, LCT3; Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, Ars Nova, national tour; Carson Kreitzer’s and Matt Gould’s Lempicka, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse; The Royal Family, Guthrie Theater; and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac.

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Created by

Libby King

A.R.T.: Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival. For the TEAM: Mission Drift, Architecting. Other theater: 27 by Abi Morgan; The Laramie Project Cycle with Moises Kaufman and Tectonic; Death of a Salesman with SITI Company/Swine Palace. New York/International: BAM, The Public, PS122 (NYC), The Royal Court, The National, Barbican, The Almeida (London), The Royal Lyceum, The Traverse (Edinburgh), Culturegest (Lisbon). 

 

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Created by

Jake Margolin

A.R.T.: Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival. For the TEAM: Waiting For You on the Corner of..., Sojourn Theatre/ Kansas City Rep; Mission Drift, Almeida/ PS122/Culturgest/ International Tour; Architecting, National Theatre of Scotland/PS122/ International Tour; Howl. For Faye Driscoll (visual design): Thank You For Coming: Attendance, Danspace/ ICA Boston/International Tour. For Yoshiko Chuma: π=. . ., LaMaMa ETC; POONARC, Danspace/Romanian Tour. With Nick Vaughan: 50 States: Wyoming, Art League Houston; A Marriage: 2 (West-er), Invisible Dog Art Center; A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia), HERE/MCLA. 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. 

 

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Created by

Kristen Sieh

A.R.T: Gatz, Elevator Repair Service; Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival; Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Banana, Bag & Bodice. With the TEAM: Architecting, A Thousand Natural Shocks, Mission Drift (collaborating writer). Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude, February House, Public Theater; Iphigenia in Aulis, Classic Stage; Ghost Rings, Half Straddle; O, Earth, The Foundry; Twelfth Night, Pig Iron; The World is Round, BAM. Regional/International includes: The Royal Court, The Barbican Centre (London), Long Wharf, Baltimore CenterStage, Denver Center. TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "Orange is the New Black," "The Blacklist," "Law & Order." 

 

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With

Matt Hubbs

A.R.T.: Marie AntoinetteThree Pianos. Sound Design credits: Preludes, LCT3; The RoyaleTime and the Conways, Old Globe; Stage Kiss100 Saints You Should Know, Playwrights Horizons; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Kazino, Ars Nova; Marie Antoinette, Soho Rep, Yale Rep; How We Got OnDeath TaxA Devil at Noon, Humana Festival of New American Plays; Three Pianos, NYTW; The Human Scale, Public Theater; Telephone, Foundry Theatre; HammockThe Matter of Origins: TeaBlueprints of Relentless Nature613 Radical Acts of Prayer, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange; the National Playwrights Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center. A company member of the TEAM, he has designed The Holler SessionsRoosevElvisMission DriftArchitectingParticularly in the Heartland, and A Thousand Natural Shocks. BA in Philosophy as a University Scholar at Xavier University.

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With

Andrew Schneider

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater credits include: YOUARENOWHERE, PS122; The Institute of Memory, PiCA, TBA., UTR; DANCE/FIELD, Dance Roulette; Tidal, River to River Festival; WOW+FLUTTER, The Chocolate Factory. Awards include: Obie Award (YOUARENOWHERE). 

 

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With

Nick Vaughan

A.R.T.: Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival. For the TEAM: Waiting For You on the Corner of..., Sojourn Theatre/Kansas City Rep; Mission Drift, Almeida/ PS122/Culturgest/International Tour; Architecting, National Theatre of Scotland/PS122/International Tour. Other theater includes: The Royale, Old Globe, Lincoln Center; The Lily’s Revenge, HERE. 

 

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Director

Rachel Chavkin

Director

Rachel Chavkin

Rachel Chavkin is a director, writer and artistic director of Brooklyn-based experimental collective the TEAM, whose work has been seen all over New York, the US, and internationally (including festivals across Europe, Australia, and the Hong Kong Arts Festival), and whose consensus-driven writing process was the subject of a feature length documentary by Emmy Winner Paulette Douglas. She won the Tony Award for her work on Hadestown (NYTW, National Theatre, London), which has been one of her greatest joys. She is a three-time Obie Winner, and received Tony and Lortel nominations and a Drama Desk Award for Dave Malloy’s Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 (Broadway, Ars Nova, A.R.T.). London: Mission Drift, National Theatre; American Clock, Old Vic. Select New York and regional: Marco Ramirez’s The Royale (Obie Award, Drama Desk, and Lortel noms.), LCT; Malloy’s Preludes, LCT3; Bess Wohl’s Small Mouth Sounds, Ars Nova, national tour; Carson Kreitzer’s and Matt Gould’s Lempicka, Williamstown Theatre Festival, La Jolla Playhouse; The Royal Family, Guthrie Theater; and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac.

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Costume Design

Kristen Sieh

Costume Design

Kristen Sieh

A.R.T: Gatz, Elevator Repair Service; Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival; Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Banana, Bag & Bodice. With the TEAM: Architecting, A Thousand Natural Shocks, Mission Drift (collaborating writer). Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude, February House, Public Theater; Iphigenia in Aulis, Classic Stage; Ghost Rings, Half Straddle; O, Earth, The Foundry; Twelfth Night, Pig Iron; The World is Round, BAM. Regional/International includes: The Royal Court, The Barbican Centre (London), Long Wharf, Baltimore CenterStage, Denver Center. TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "Orange is the New Black," "The Blacklist," "Law & Order." 

 

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Associate Director

Jake Margolin

Associate Director

Jake Margolin

A.R.T.: Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival. For the TEAM: Waiting For You on the Corner of..., Sojourn Theatre/ Kansas City Rep; Mission Drift, Almeida/ PS122/Culturgest/ International Tour; Architecting, National Theatre of Scotland/PS122/ International Tour; Howl. For Faye Driscoll (visual design): Thank You For Coming: Attendance, Danspace/ ICA Boston/International Tour. For Yoshiko Chuma: π=. . ., LaMaMa ETC; POONARC, Danspace/Romanian Tour. With Nick Vaughan: 50 States: Wyoming, Art League Houston; A Marriage: 2 (West-er), Invisible Dog Art Center; A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia), HERE/MCLA. 2014 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. 

 

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Associate Director (Tour)

Annie Tippe

Associate Director (Tour)

Annie Tippe

A.R.T.: Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet, OBERON Presents. Selected Directing credits: Ghost Quartet (NYT Critics Pick); Anne Washburn’s When the Tanks Break, Drama League Director Fest; Washeteria, Soho Rep (NYT Critics’ Pick); Aaron/Marie (co- directed with Rachel Chavkin), Under the Radar Incoming! Series; I Heard Sex Noises, Ars Nova. Associate Director for the TEAM’S Mission Drift, as well as Gabriel Kahane’s The Ambassador (dir. John Tiffany). 2015 Drama League Fall Directing Fellow. Ars Nova’s 2016 “Director-in- Residence”. Williamstown Directing Corps. annietippe.com 

 

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Associate Video Design

Stephen Arnoczy

Associate Video Design

Stephen Arnoczy

A.R.T.: Debut. Off-Broadway: The Effect (as Assistant Designer), Barrow Street Theater; to the left of the pantry and under the sugar shack, La MaMa Club; The Wildness (as Engineer), Ars Nova. Regional: A Taste of Things To Come, Bucks County Playhouse; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Bucks County Playhouse. Touring: As I Remember It (as Assistant Designer), Kennedy Center; Healing Wars (as Assistant Designer), La Jolla Playhouse; OnTheRoad presented by The Dance Cartel; Wholehearted (as Assistant Designer), Kelly-Strayhorn. 

 

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Production Stage Manager

Meg McDonald

Production Stage Manager

Meg McDonald

A.R.T.: Debut. As Stage Manager: Healing Wars, La Jolla Playhouse, Hancher Performing Arts Center, Virginia Tech; Blood, Muscle, Bone, Liz Lerman and Jawole Willa Jo Zollar at Wesleyan University; The Matter of Origins, University of Maryland, Peak Performances, Gammage Auditorium; Four Rooms Waking, Capital Fringe Festival. As Assistant Stage Manager: Treasure Island, The Book Club Play, Lord of the Flies, Round House Theatre. With Dance Exchange: Ferocious Beauty: Genome, Hammock, Drift, Blueprints of Relentless Nature, Darwin’s Wife, Language from the Land, Farthest Earth from Thee

 

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Cast

Ann/Elvis

Libby King

Ann/Elvis

Libby King

A.R.T.: Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival. For the TEAM: Mission Drift, Architecting. Other theater: 27 by Abi Morgan; The Laramie Project Cycle with Moises Kaufman and Tectonic; Death of a Salesman with SITI Company/Swine Palace. New York/International: BAM, The Public, PS122 (NYC), The Royal Court, The National, Barbican, The Almeida (London), The Royal Lyceum, The Traverse (Edinburgh), Culturegest (Lisbon). 

 

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Brenda/Teddy

Kristen Sieh

Brenda/Teddy

Kristen Sieh

A.R.T: Gatz, Elevator Repair Service; Particularly in the Heartland, the TEAM, Emerging America Festival; Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage, Banana, Bag & Bodice. With the TEAM: Architecting, A Thousand Natural Shocks, Mission Drift (collaborating writer). Off-Broadway: Fortress of Solitude, February House, Public Theater; Iphigenia in Aulis, Classic Stage; Ghost Rings, Half Straddle; O, Earth, The Foundry; Twelfth Night, Pig Iron; The World is Round, BAM. Regional/International includes: The Royal Court, The Barbican Centre (London), Long Wharf, Baltimore CenterStage, Denver Center. TV: "Boardwalk Empire," "Orange is the New Black," "The Blacklist," "Law & Order." 

 

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Additional staff

Associate Lighting Design

Eric Furbish

Associate Lighting Design

Eric Furbish

A.R.T. Debut. New York City-based lighting designer with wide variety of experience with design and assisting for theater, opera, broadcast, themed environments in theaters, studios, and venues world- wide. Past projects and venues include work at Lincoln Center,San Francisco Opera, Universal Studios, and regional theatre in the northeast and southeast United States. Broadcast work can be seen in news broadcasts on affiliate NBC, CBS, ABC, and cable networks in variety of markets nation-wide. furbishdesigns.com 

 

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Associate Sound Design

Erik Skovgaard

Associate Sound Design

Erik Skovgaard

A.R.T.: Pippin, The Glass Menagerie. Off-Broadway: Iphigenia in Aulis, Doctor Faustus, CSC; Verité, LCT3; The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, Signature; Uncanny Valley, 59E59/CATF; Buyer & Cellar, Barrow Street Theater. 

 

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Technical Director for the TEAM

Aaron Minerbrook

Technical Director for the TEAM

Aaron Minerbrook

A.R.T.: Debut. As Technical Director: John Jesurun’s Shadowland. Projection Design: Karaoke Bacchae, New Ohio; Chuck Mee’s Hôtel Méditerranée, Yiannis Mavritsakisk, the Wild Project. Aaron has also contributed to projects such as Really, Abrons Arts Center; Cry, Trojans!, St. Ann’s Warehouse; Sticks and Bones, Signature; Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man!, Chocolate Factory; Sleep No More, McKittrick Hotel. 

 

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Producing Director for the TEAM

Manda Martin

Associate Producer for the TEAM

Lucy Jackson

Ann-Margret Dance and Additional Movement Consultation

Sam Pinkleton

Ann-Margret Dance and Additional Movement Consultation

Sam Pinkleton

A.R.T./OBERON: Kansas City Choir Boy. Broadway: MachinalThe Heidi Chronicles. Recent: Amélie, Berkeley Rep; Significant Other, Roundabout; Heisenberg, MTC; Pretty Filthy, The Civilians; Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, Kazino; Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric PlayFly By NightStage Kiss; Playwrights Horizons; I Promised Myself to Live Faster, Pig Iron/Humana Festival; HAIR: Retrospection, Kansas City Rep;The Understudy, McCarter. Sam is an Associate Artist with The Civilians and Witness Relocation and is co-director of The Dance Cartel’s ONTHEFLOOR. Upcoming: Rimbaud in New York, BAM; The Good Swimmer, Prototype Festival. sampinkleton.com

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Video Footage Shot and Edited

Andrew Schneider

Video Footage Shot and Edited

Andrew Schneider

A.R.T.: Debut. Theater credits include: YOUARENOWHERE, PS122; The Institute of Memory, PiCA, TBA., UTR; DANCE/FIELD, Dance Roulette; Tidal, River to River Festival; WOW+FLUTTER, The Chocolate Factory. Awards include: Obie Award (YOUARENOWHERE). 

 

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Original Video Design

Joe Cantalupo

Assistant Director

Kevin Hourigan

Development Stage Managers

Dave Polato, Kevin Hourigan

Production Intern

Emily Moler