SITI NEW YORK RADIO PLAY TOUR:
See Radio Macbeth, War of the Worlds, and the premiere of A SITI Christmas Carol

Radio Macbeth
October 19-22
NYU Skirball

Created by SITI Company
Co-directed by Anne Bogart and Darron L West

Radio Macbeth unfolds [in] a kind of theatrical alchemy.” – New York Times

SITI Company continues its finale New York season with the Radio Play tour, making its NYU Skirball debut with Radio Macbeth, inspired by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air. Late at night in the guts of an abandoned theater, actors circle restlessly around the common shared warmth of a rehearsal table, moving through Shakespeare’s briefest and perhaps most magnetic play. Around them, in the perimeter of the space, the ghosts of all previous productions hover and encroach. The spirits of ambition, violence, fortune, free will, and madness flicker and glow. The actors cling to the sanity of words while the chaos of history grows to be undeniably present with them in the room. Featuring Akiko Aizawa, Will Bond, Gian-Murray Gianino, Ellen Lauren, Kelly Maurer, Barney O’Hanlon, and Stephen Duff Webber

War of the Worlds – The Radio Play
October 27-Nov 5
Laurie Beechman Theatre at the Westbank Cafe

Created by SITI Company
Co-directed by Anne Bogart and Darron L West

The Radio Play is an electrifying experience, one that grips the imagination beyond the original.” —The Times, Edinburgh 

On the foggy, fall evening of October 30, 1938, America went to war with Mars! Adapted for radio by Howard Koch and starring Orson Welles, War of the Worlds was presented as a Halloween thriller, or as Welles put it: “The Mercury Theatre’s own radio version of dressing up in a sheet and jumping out of a bush and saying ‘boo!!’” But for those who tuned in late, “normal” programming appeared to be interrupted by the startling news that there were “explosions occurring on Planet Mars!” Reports followed stating that a “huge, flaming object” had fallen to earth on a farm near Grover’s Mill, New Jersey. More landings were soon reported, and an anxious radio audience came to the frightening conclusion that Earth was the target of a full-scale invasion by aliens!! A staged dramatization of the original Orson Welles & Mercury Theater on the Air broadcast, SITI’s War of the Worlds’ original U.S. tour began weeks after September 11, 2001 and became a touchstone for audiences (and the company) to talk about events reshaping the country.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

Commissioned by the Fisher Center at Bard
World Premiere Performances December 16, 17, 18, 2022

Created by SITI Company
Co-directed by Anne Bogart and Darron L West

In the tradition of Radio Macbeth and War of the Worlds: Radio Play comes  SITI Company’s new production of A Christmas Carol. This new adaptation was sparked by listening to Orson Welles’ 1939 Christmas Eve radio play, featuring Lionel Barrymore, Orson, and many of the Mercury Theatre on the Air regulars.  Reimagining and reanimating the intimacy and alchemy of that 1930s recording studio, SITI conjures the ghosts of the past, present and future to speak to our society’s immediate need for gratitude, charity, fairness, justice and equity.  The performance of a seasonal ritual offers hope and redemption for us all.

SITI Company’s development of A Christmas Carol is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.


THE MEDIUM

National Tour

Duke Performances, Durham, NC
September 13, 2022

Musco Center for the Arts, Orange, CA
September 17, 2022 at 7:30pm

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts
November 12, 2022

Based on the Life and Predictions of Marshall McLuhan
Created by SITI Company
Conceived and directed by Anne Bogart

To mark our final season, SITI revives its first-ever devised piece: a meditation on technology that’s more resonant now than when it premiered in 1993.

The Medium draws heavily on the writings of pioneering media theorist Marshall McLuhan, coiner of the phrases “the medium is the message” and “global village” to describe his visions of our interconnected future. A champion talker deprived of speech by a stroke near the end of his life, McLuhan (portrayed with tragicomic precision by Will Bond) staggers and clicks his way through Bogart’s multichannel multiverse—a black-and-white vision of televised anti-revolution that puts our modern technocratic dilemmas front-and-center. Staged with minimalist potency and maximal physicality by Bogart and the astonishing artists of SITI Company, The Medium asks: Who are we—and what are we becoming—in the flickering light of our own devices?

“Bogart and her company … hold us in their spell” —The Los Angeles Times

The Medium, Photo by Kristi Jan Hoover, Courtesy of City Theatre