AAPEX's James Scruggs new play (RUS)H 2/27-3/22 (NYC) — James Scruggs — AAPEX

Saturday, February 16, 2008

AAPEX's James Scruggs new play (RUS)H 2/27-3/22 (NYC)

by James Scruggs & Kristin Marting
February 27 - March 22, Wed. - Sat.
Tix: $18 / $15 students with ID

AN INTIMATE PSYCHOSEXUAL MYSTERY Piece together a fragmented memory trail revealing the hedonistic reality that lies just beneath our everyday existence. As three lives descend into a violent underworld of extreme pleasures--set to throbbing Latin beats--(RUS)H asks the question: "How far are you willing to go to feel something?"
Text and Video James Scruggs
Direction Kristin Marting
Marc Bovino*, chandra thomas*, Dax Valdes, Luis Vega, Lathrop Walker*
Media Effects Hal Eagar
Environment Michael O'Reilly
Music Steve Adorno
Choreography Anabella Lenzu
Fight Choreography Qui Nguyen
Lighting Design Christopher Brown
Sound Design Matthew Tennie
Costume Design Chris Rumery

The story of (RUS)H:
Rus, a handsome African-American, suffers from déjà vécu - a persistent sense of déjà vu that makes every moment of his life seem as if it has already been lived. Feeling lost in a labyrinth of repeating, distorted memories and bored by his marriage to a beautiful singer and dancer (Sirene), Rus yearns to spread his wings. Then a seemingly random car accident connects Rus to Sonny, a gay hustler whose crystal meth addiction has left him unable to feel any real pleasure. Rus, drawn like a moth to the flame, begins a descent on the down low into a world of drugs, sex and violence that will inevitably lead to death. However, when it is Sonny that ends up dead, Rus becomes the prime target of a police investigation that forces him and Sirene to face the past and its consequences. But is he a killer? Told in a fragmented psychological timeline like the Nolan Brother's film MEMENTO, this gripping narrative is infused with movement and music inspired by Salsa and Tango and visualized with immersive media, using layered video projections and wireless video screens manipulated in Bunraku-style by video puppeteers.

Presented off-site at
3LD Center for Arts & Technology
80 Greenwich St. at Rector St.;
Subway: 1 or R/W to Rector St. stop
*Member Actors' Equity Association

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