TICKET INFORMATION
NY PREMIERE
17c
Nov 14—Nov 18, 2017
Dance | Theater

Big Dance Theater
Conceived and choreographed by Annie-B Parson
Directed by Annie-B Parson and Paul Lazar

 

The Obie Award-winning mavericks at Big Dance Theater (Alan Smithee Directed This Play: Triple Feature, 2014 Next Wave) take a dizzy intertextual romp through the diaries of Samuel Pepys, weaving music, dance, video, and text into a spectacularly outré portrait of the famed 17th-century philanderer and his tragic wife Bess. Soaked in reverb and dripping with lamé, the ensemble careens through a series of tightly crafted episodes, conjuring Pepys’ penchant for self-improvement, steadfast commitment to infidelity, and endless desire to be en vogue. Splintering the diaries with the radical feminism of the 17th-century playwright Margaret Cavendish and the cult of online annotators at pepysdiary.com, 17c coaxes a century-spanning conversation from a notoriously solipsistic life.

 
RUN TIME
1hr 15min
VENUE
TICKET INFO
FULL PRICE TICKETS START AT  $30
ACCESSIBILITY
Balcony seating is only accessible by 70 stairs.
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“The show’s arrival at such a fraught cultural moment is something that its directors, Ms. Parson and Paul Lazar, could not have foreseen… [17c] reads like a refraction of our recent monster parade.”
— The New York Times
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The Diary of Samuel Pepys
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Samuel Pepys diary
The detailed private diary that Pepys kept from 1660 until 1669 was first published in the 19th century and is one of the most important primary sources for the English Restoration period.