Tight Braid Group’s Won’t be a Ghost by Francis Weiss Rabkin, directed by Sophie Traub
Artistes maudits from Egon Schiele and Gabriele D’Annunzio to Yukio Mishima and Derek Jarman have identified with St Sebastian. In a case of life imitating art interpreting a multiplicity of lives, Anna Mendes, the artist commissioned to supply an altarpiece and sets for Tight Braid Group’s production, Won’t be a Ghost, at Lower East Side theater Dixon Place this week, has had to call off her scenographic debut after a bike injury to her painting hand. A twist in tradition: she can identify with the pierced archer by NOT depicting him. Luckily playwright Francis Weiss Rabkin and director Sophie Traub have a luminously nebulous schematic under-painting from Mendes to tide them over. The audience, meanwhile, has plenty to concentrate the mind and senses in this dramatic and musical (singing Greek chorus) interweaving of episodes in the trials and travails of the Roman martyr, Weimar Republic-era sexologist Magnus Hischfeld and our own court-martialed whistleblower/leaker Chelsea/Bradley Manning. The production, which arises from Tight Braid Group’s residency at Dixon Place, sees two performances, Thursday at 7.30pm and Friday at 10pm. For tickets, visit http://dixonplace.org/performances/wont-be-a-ghost/ DAVID COHEN
Anna Mendex, Saint Sebastian, 2015. Unfinished.