I caught up with the members of Push Physical Theatre rehearsing their new production of Jekyll & Hyde in the beautiful third-floor space on Gregory Street that is the former home of Tango Cafe. They moved, threw and pushed their bodies around — often to the limit — carefully creating, molding and forming each scene. It was easy to understand why “physical” had to be part of the company name.
In this new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s work, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Push pulls out the stops. They use their bodies, music, sound, lighting, projection and, for the first time in their history, words, to tell the iconic tale of a man who manages to split off what he perceives as the negative parts of his personality.
Join me as I we interview Darren and Heather Stevenson, Co-founding Artistic Directors of Push Physical Theatre, and company members Jonathon Lowery, Avi Pryntz-Nadworny and Katherine Marino. You’ll get behind-the-scenes insights on how the company collaborates on works, where inspiration comes from for the story and characters and the challenges behind transforming an iconic tale into physical theatre that focuses on the concept of culpability rather than strictly good versus evil.
Jekyll & Hyde will be “unleashed” by Push Physical Theatre at Blackfriars Theatre from January 29 through February 14 at 7:30PM on Thursdays, 8:00PM on Fridays and Saturdays, and at 2:00PM on Sundays. All tickets are $39.50 and may be purchased by clicking this link.
Many thanks to Darren, Heather, Jonathon, Avi and Katherine! Trailer and performance footage from Jekyll & Hyde used courtesy of Push Physical Theatre.
Produced and Edited by Carol White Llewellyn of CommuniVision Studio, cameras by Joshua Bloodworth and Carol White Llewellyn.
This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Livingston Arts, a member supported organization.