‘Village Orpheus’ (Photo: Hunter Canning)
Poetic Theater Productions will present Village Orpheus, an innovative play by Mickey Bolmer and directed by Daniel Roberts, that dives into the creative counterculture of New York’s postwar Greenwich Village. The production is part of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival, with performances scheduled for July 11 and July 14 at The Wild Project (195 E 3rd Street), as part of the 2017 Fresh Fruit Festival.
Bolmer’s play celebrates the vivacity, emerging sexual liberation and boldness of Greenwich Village in the 1950s and 60s. Focusing on Frank O’Hara’s central role in the artistic community, this neoclassical fantasy explores the parallels between the myth of Orpheus and O’Hara’s journey with his lover Joe Lesour, as a chorus of New York bohemians brings art and the Village back to life and love.
Village Orpheus will be performed as one act, paired with W. Tré Davis’s Damn Fool. The two one-acts are being presented together as a program titled History of Love.
The cast of Village Orpheus features Adam Wennick, Mateo d’Amato, Joshua Jacobson, Safiya Martinez, Mario Brown, Tamara Geisler and Olivia Nice.