Part of the Curated Philadelphia Fringe Festival, The Accountant explores memory loss and grief with a unique audience participation project called (re)collection.
Critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based artist Trey Lyford is preparing to return to the Philly Fringe Festival with his newest work, The Accountant. This highly anticipated production includes a unique audience participation project surrounding the notion of memory, will have an exclusive five performances only run at Old City’s Christ Church Neighborhood House, September 6-9, 2018.
The Accountant is a a collaboratively created visual theatre piece inspired by Lyford’s recent personal experiences with death, America’s isolating obsession with twitter word-limit-reality, and Samuel Beckett’s iconic rumination on impermanence and regret, the play Krapp’s Last Tape. The new work blends physical theatre, vaudeville routines, illusion, origami, slapstick and kinetic set elements to create a piece that celebrates the beauty shuddering in the depth of the details and the poetic humor embedded at the epicenter of loss.
The show is set in the forgotten workplace of an elderly office clerk. Buried amongst endless towers of stacked paper and hunched over a single desk lamp, he sifts through the forgotten files at a nameless company. The accountant’s mind slowly slips from the tedium of work into a comical and haunting dream world of remembrance and remorse. In his wistful visions, co-workers transform into fractured representations of grief and characters from his past. The stacks of paper that surround him mysteriously come to life creating the surreal landscape of an old man’s nostalgic longing.
Mr. Lyford is no stranger to Fringe audiences. He has been creating work in the greater Philadelphia region for over twenty years. Fifteen of those years has been spent co-creating, producing and performing with theater artist Geoff Sobelle as the award winning and critically acclaimed duo rainpan 43. Following a world tour of their first piece all wear bowlers (2005 Drama Desk Nomination, Innovative Theatre Award and originally produced by 1812 Productions), r43 followed up performing at the Surgical Amphitheater in Pennsylvania Hospital with Amnesia Curiosa (2006), the OBIE award-winning kinetic junk sculpture play machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines machines and the 2011 festival hit, the surreal magic show Elephant Room.
The production features puppets from Eric Novak, who has designed works for the Broadway productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Addams Family. Other artists involved include a world-renowned Beckett interpreter Conor Lovett and composer Cole Kamen-Green, who arranged horn parts for Beyoncé’s albums 4 and Beyoncé.
As a way of engaging the personal experience of their audience as well as exploring the The Accountant’s universal themes of memory and loss, the creative team has created a unique project, titled (re) collection, that will capture audience members’ reactions to a series of visual stimuli. Both a website and a postcard will be used to collect audience’s past experiences. These individual memories will be collected and published on a website designed specifically for The Accountant as a “gallery of moments and memories”. The gallery will serve as a way for potential audience members to engage with the work as well as participate in a project devoted to collective memory. You can log on to treylyford.com/recollection to participate.
The Accountant is part of the curated FringeArts Festival; tickets can be purchased by visiting fringearts.com. Tickets are $29; students and those under 25 are $15.
The Accountant has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.
Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street, Philadelphia)
$29; $15 for students
Thursday, September 6, 8PM
Friday, September 7, 8PM
Saturday, September 8, 1PM
Saturday, September 8, 8PM
Sunday, September 9, 1PM
Trey Lyford (Lead Artist) recently returned to Philadelphia where he has been making theater for nearly two decades. Fifteen of those years has been spent co-creating, producing and performing with theater artist Geoff Sobelle as the duo rainpan 43. Following a world tour of their first piece all wear bowlers (2005 Drama Desk Nomination, Innovative Theatre Award and originally produced by 1812 Productions), r43 followed up performing at the Surgical Amphitheater in Pennsylvania Hospital with Amnesia Curiosa (2006) and the highly celebrated kinetic junk sculpture play machines, machines, machines, machines, machines, machines machines. He continues to work with Mr. Sobelle (and magician Steve Cuiffo) on their absurdist magic show Elephant Room as well as an upcoming new work based in outer space. In addition to his work with rainpan 43, Mr. Lyford develops and produces works as an individual artist. His new work The Accountant is supported by the PEW Center for Arts and Heritage and will premiere at FringeArts this fall. Locally Mr. Lyford has worked as a director and actor with various companies including: Theater Horizon, 1812 Productions, Pig Iron, FringeArts, The Arden, The Wilma and Walnut Street theaters. He is an Associate Artist with the Obie-Award winning company The Civilians (Gone Missing, Paris Commune, Nobody’s Lunch, The Great Immensity) and has created original pieces with various companies both domestically and abroad. Mr. Lyford has performed in Australia, Italy, Germany, Korea, Norway and the United Kingdom, as well as LA’s Center Theatre Group, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, HBO Aspen Comedy Fest, ATL’s Humana Festival, Folger Shakespeare Theatre, The Public Theater, St. Ann’s Warehouse and other venues throughout NYC. Mr. Lyford’s work has received support from the PEW Center for Arts and Heritage, Princeton Atelier, the Princess Grace Foundation, Creative Capital, NYSCA and the New England Foundation for the Arts. He holds an MFA from UCSD and has studied further with David Shiner, Bill Irwin, Ami Hattab, Ron Van Lieu and Giovanni Fussetti. Trey has taught workshops in England, Italy and the U.S. as well as courses in Acting at the UCSD, Princeton, SUNY Purchase Conservatory and Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. He lives in Mt. Airy with his beautiful wife and their daughter. For more info visit treylyford.com.
Benjamin Bass (Ensemble) is delighted to be making his debut at the Christ Church Neighborhood House! Favorite credits include: Nick Chopper (Understudy), The Woodsman at New World Stages; Bottom, A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Liberty Lands Park; Prince Zorn, 13 Clocks at Guild Hall; and Brad, A Devil Inside at Purchase Rep. Recent screen credits include portraying Richard Speck in the Emmy Award winning television series, A Crime To Remember, and acting opposite Kid Cudi and Christopher Abbot in the film James White directed by Josh Mond. An actor, rapper, and poet, he can be reached at Bass.email@example.com. Benjamin received his B.F.A. in Theatre from SUNY Purchase.
Coralie Holum Lyford (Ensemble) just turned eleven and attends Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia. Her latest performance was in Thaddeus Phillips’ and Steven Dufala’s A Billion Nights on Earth at New Haven’s Festival of Arts & Ideas. She recently moved to Philladelphia and is eager to do more theater here. Her credits include: Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Scar in The Lion King JR., Cheshire Cat (tail) in Alice in Wonderland, Conception (First Person Arts Festival) and Sleeping Beauty at the Ogunquit Playhouse.
Cole Kamen-Green (Composer/Musician): On any given day you may find Cole Kamen-Green improvising in a small club in Brooklyn, circuit-bending a Speak And Spell, or arranging horn parts for pop stars. He is a trumpet player, electronic musician, and composer living in Brooklyn, NY. Kamen-Green is currently involved with a variety of projects including indie band Cuddle Magic, the West African influence dance band People’s Champs , and the pop duo MMEADOWS with Kristin Slipp. He, along with The Superpowers Horns, arranged and recorded the horn parts for Beyonce Knowles’ two recent albums (4 and Beyonce.) He attended New England Conservatory of Music where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Performance.
Conor Lovett (Performer) is internationally regarded among the foremost Beckett interpreters. As joint artistic director, with Judy Hegarty Lovett, of Gare St Lazare Ireland, he has toured to over 85 cities in 25 countries. He has performed 20 Beckett roles in 24 productions. Recent Gare St Lazare performances includes How It Is (Part 1) with Stephen Dillane and Mel Mercier in Cork and London, Here All Night at The Abbey Theatre Dublin and The Beckett Trilogy at Lincoln Center’s White Light Festival in 2017. Conor met Trey Lyford at Edinburgh Festival in 2014 and is delighted to have been asked to work with him on The Accountant.
Eric Novak (Puppet Designer) is a designer, sculptor, fabricator and master craftsman working in film, theatre, museum exhibition and store display. In his Brooklyn studio, Eric has designed and built puppets and custom props for a wide range of clients including Radio City Music Hall, Omaha Symphony, Immersive Cult, Brookfield Properties, Scholastic, The Skirball Cultural Center, and Mabou Mines among many others. With over 20 years experience and a vast knowledge of materials and techniques, if you can imagine it, he can build it. Recent theatrical projects include designing and directing puppets for Radio City Music Hall’s New York Spring Spectacular (premiere 2015), a life-size reindeer puppet for Omaha Children’s Theater production of Prancer (2016). Broadway credits include building a mechanical squirrel for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2017), and building puppets with Basil Twist on The Addams Family. He also puppeteered Magic Screen in The Pee Wee Herman Show on Broadway (2010). For the North American tour of Miss Saigon (2002) he designed and built the lion and dragon puppets.
Robin Stamey (Lighting Designer) is a lighting designer, production manager, and producer based in Philadelphia. Lighting designs include Interact Theatre Company (How to Use a Knife, Barrymore nomination for Best Overall Production), Theatre Exile, Tribe of Fools, Curio Theatre Company, Philadelphia Artists’ Collective, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, Hedgerow Theatre, Almanac, and the Berserker Residents as well as Bryn Mawr College, Swarthmore College, and University of the Arts. Production management credits include Shakespeare in Clark Park, Pig Iron Theatre Company, Lantern Theater Company, Tiny Dynamite, Nichole Canuso Dance Company, 11th Hour Theatre Company, Almanac, Invisible River, Tribe of Fools, and Berserkers. Robin is currently the Programming & Operations Manager of the Philadelphia Design Center (www.phillydesigncenter.org ) as well as serving as a member of the Advisory Board for Theatrical Trainer (www.theatricaltrainer.com).
Tara Webb (Costume Designer) is especially interested in the nodes where technology and performance intersect as well as how to create more sustainability in the arts. Recent design work consists of costume adventures in academic settings for the drama and/or dance programs at institutions that include Juniata College, MIT, Swarthmore College, and Drexel University. Recent professional work in includes costumes for Simpatico Theater, New Paradise Laboratories, Agora Dance, Martha Graham Cracker, various work at the FringeArts space, and props and costumes for Nichole Canuso Dance Company. She is currently working on a ‘local color’ project using natural dyes from food waste and native plants with the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College. For more information about her design work go to tarawebb.com.
Michaela Moore (Associate Producer) is an east coast based Producer, Theatre Devisor, Performer and Theatre Educator. A selection of past and current works include: The Sabbatical (Performer/Lead Producer/Co-Creator) an original devised work, Arts Bank Winter 2016, Plays and Players, Winter 2018; Exposure (Director/Artistic Producer/Co-Creator), an original devised work, The Performance Garage, Spring 2016; In Transit: Dance|Music|Theater (Co-Creator/Performer) a site-specific cabaret, Philadelphia Museum of Art Spring 2015; La Postina (Creator/Performer), In Bocca al Lupo Comedia del Arte Troupe, Teatro Boni, Orvieto, Italy. In addition to her own performance work, Michaela has created hundreds of original works of theatre with her many students. Ms. Moore is the Founder and Executive Director of All About Theatre Performing Arts School as well as Camp Create, a comprehensive theatre and visual arts camp for special needs children. She specializes in fostering theatre creation with both children and adults with special needs. Ms. Moore is the recipient of grants and awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Procter and Gamble’s Live, Learn and Thrive Foundation, The Wal-Mart Foundation, Ronald McDonald House, the Lackawanna County Council on the Arts, as well as numerous civic groups. In 2012 “Parents Loving Children Through Autism” honored her as their Woman of the Year. She is thrilled to have recently become a member of The Flying Seagulls Project and will be performing and teaching in their “Big Top Tour” in the fall of 2018, joining them in their work with refugee communities. Ms. Moore received her MFA in Devised Theatre from The Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training/The University of the Arts in the winter of 2016.
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