The Games (NY)

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     The Games

October 9-14, 1984

BAM Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music Opera House

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An opera/music-theater collaboration. The Games, a 1983 work conceived and directed by Meredith Monk, and Ping Chong, commissioned and performed (originally) in West Berlin, has a score for sixteen voices, synthesizer and keyboards, Flemish bagpipes, chimes, Chinese horn and rauschpfiefe. Set on an imaginary planet, The Games takes place in a post-nuclear future where everyone is involved in games about survival.

Branislav Tomich
as Gamesmaster
Michael Cerveris as Young Man
Margaret Gibson as Young Woman
Heike Falkenberg as Young Girl
Myvanny Jenn as Older Woman

Nancy Alfaro - Chorus
Ching Gonzalez - Chorus
Robert Een - Chorus
Frey Faust - Chorus
Sharon Fogerty - Chorus
Ruth Fugistaller - Chorus
Andrea Goodman - Chorus
Wayne Hankin - Musician
Naaz Hosseini - Chorus
Nurit Tilles - Musician
Gail Turner - Musician

Conceived and directed by Meredith Monk and Ping Chong.
Music: Meredith Monk.
Musical Director: Wayne Hankin
Choreography: Meredith Monk, Ping Chong, Gail Turner.
Text: Ping Chong with Meredith Monk.
Set & Costume design: Yoshia Yabara.
Lighting design: Beverly Emmons.
Sound design: Otts Munderloh.
Audio-visual design: Ping Chong with Jan Hartley.
Assistant Director: Gail Turner
Casting: Soble/LaPadura

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MICHAEL CERVERIS (Young Man) is a recent graduate of Yale University where his roles included Romeo, Trofimov, Nick in David Mamet's The Woods, and Heros in Bond's The Woman. A member of the Williamstown Theatre Festival's 1981 Second Company, Mr. Cerveris has appeared in New York as Marco in Moon and Malcolm in Macbeth as well as readings and workshops at the Public Theater and Playwright's Horizons. Regional credits includes Dorian in The Picture of Dorian Gray for Philadelphia Wilma Theater, and several seasons of summer stock. Mr. Cerveris has studied with Nikos Psacharopoulos, Austin Pendelton, Bart Teusch, and B. Rodney Marriot, is a member of the Shakespeare Lab led by Jack Wetherall, and can be seen frequently, if briefly, in several daytime television dramas.

photo: Ruth Waltz

The Games premiered at the Schaubuhne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin, November 28, 1983.
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