Third Space is thrilled to announce the New York premiere of Marius von Mayenburg's Fireface this August at The Brick. Pubescent siblings, Kurt and Olga, navigate the violence and betrayal of growing up - and find the cruelty, humiliation, exhilaration of destroying their claustrophobic childhood. Starring Michelle Veintimilla (The Visit) and directed by Benjamin Viertel, Fireface will run August 26-September 5, 2015.
"It's going to be a tremendous show..." says Veintimilla. "Fireface is the kind of story that isn't really told today. It's exciting and groundbreaking, and if there is one director that can pull off this incredible show - it's Ben."
Michelle Veintimilla most recently appeared in The Visit on Broadway opposite Chita Rivera, the New York Times called her performance "exquisite." Previous theater credits include The Visit at the Williamstown Theater Festival, TV credits include "Those Who Kill," "The Good Wife," and "The Chair." Film credits include Shane Dawson's "Not Cool."
The company includes Tim Creavin as Kurt, Danielle Delgado as Mother, Paul Albe as Father, and Steven Robertson as Paul. Madeline Wolf will be understudying the role of Olga.
Translation by Maja Zade, dramaturgy by Olivia O'Connor, scenic design by Bryce Cutler, lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins, costume design by Sylvianne Shurman, and sound design by Daniel Lundberg. Fireface is presented in association with Victoria Le Vine and Celtru Productions.
Incest and arson lead Kurt and Olga down a path of destruction, and their withdrawn parents recognize the damage too late. Realized in 100 cinematic scenes, Fireface is a frenetic portrayal of childhood at its most dangerous. Translated into over a dozen languages with productions all over the world, this production marks the New York premiere of this award-winning German play.
Third Space is a creative company co-founded by Benjamin Viertel and Bryce Cutler generating performances with the audience's experience at the center of the event. Third Space's work focuses on the burning world, featuring our Associate Artists as performers, writers, directors, and designers. As a collective of Carnegie Mellon University alumni and colleagues, Third Space sources material from Theater, Music, Film and Fine Art. Past productions include Grindr The Musical, ongoing popular webseries blankmylife, and a monster musical comedy, Kragtar.
For Fireface, Mayenburg received the Award for Emerging Playwrights "Kleistförderpreis für junge Dramatiker" and the prize of the Frankfurt Writer's Foundation "Preis der Frankfurter Autorenstiftung." Mayenburg has written over a dozen major works, all of which have been produced in Germany as well as worldwide. He is currently the dramaturg and playwright in residence at the Schaubühne/Berlin. Fireface first premiered at the Münchner Kammerspiele in Munich, Germany, on October 10, 1998, directed by Jan Bosse, with an english language premiere in the UK by TheEnglish Stage Company at the Royal Court Upstairs on May 26, 2000, directed by Dominic Cooke. Marius von Mayenburg's most recent production in New York City was The Ugly One at Soho Rep which premiered February 7, 2012 directed by Daniel Aukin.
The Brick Theater, winner of the The Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, is Williamsburg, Brooklyn's destination for cutting-edge theatrical experience. The Brick and its company, The Brick Theater, Inc, were founded in 2002 by Robert Honeywell and Michael Gardner. The Brick has hosted some of downtown theater's most innovative artists, includingAnnie Baker, Young Jean Lee, The Debate Society, Thomas Bradshaw and Nick Jones. The Brick Resident Artist Program offers new and established experimental theater artists exclusive use of The Brick for one or more weeks and the encouragement to reinvent the theater space with surprising environments. Past BRAP artists include: The Mad Ones, The Debate Society, Dangerous Ground, Morgan Green, and Buran Theater.