On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing plant worker, and what kind of man or woman Ann should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes we contain. The TEAM is a Brooklyn-based ensemble dedicated to creating new work about the experience of living in America today. The TEAM's RoosevElvis is written by Rachel Chavkin, Libby King, Jake Margolin, and Kristen Sieh. Created in collaboration with Matt Hubbs, Andrew Schneider, and Nick Vaughan. It is performed by Libby King and Kristen Sieh. Rachel Chavkin directs. Scenic Design by Nick Vaughan, lighting by Austin Smith, sound design by Matt Hubbs, video design by Andrew Schneider and costume by Kristen Sieh. Once described as â€œGertrude Stein meets MTV,â€ the TEAM's work crashes American history and mythology into modern stories to illuminate the current moment. they combine aggressive athleticism with emotional performances and intellectual rigor, keeping the brain, eyes and heart of the audience constantly stimulated. Since 2004, the TEAM has created and toured 9 works nationally and internationally. They are four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, 2011 Herald Angel, and 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award, and were listed â€œBest of 2013â€³ on 3 continents. The TEAM's collaborative creation process and the making of their original musical Mission Drift (which had a sold-out 2013 run in The Shed at the National Theatre) was the subject of a feature-length documentary directed by Emmy-Award winner Paulette Douglas. The TEAM is now celebrating its 10th year together as an ensemble, and recently released an anthology, Five Plays by the TEAM, published by Oberon. Libby King's credits with the TEAM include RoosevElvis, Mission Drift, Architecting, and Particularly in the Heartland (Best Actress, Dublin Fringe). Other theatre credits include: Tectonic Theatre's The Laramie Project Cycle (BAM); 27 by Abi Morgan (National Theatre of Scotland / Royal Lyceum Theatre); Death of a Salesman (Siti Company / Swine Palace Productions) and an adapatation of The Blind by Bathsheba Doran (Classic Stage Company). Her film credits include B.U.S.T. Kristen Sieh's theatre credits include RoosevElvis, Architecting, Particularly in the Heartland, A Thousand Natural Shocks, Howl, Mission Drift (The TEAM); Twelfth Night (Pig Iron); Fortress of Solitude, February House (The Public Theater); Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage (Banana, Bag & Bodice); Men oin Boats (Half Straddle / Clubbed Thumb); The World is Round (BAM); Gatz, The Sound and the Fury, etc. (Elevator Repair Service); St. Joan of the Stockyards (PS122); Iphigenia at Aulis (Classic Stage Company). Her television credits include Orange is the New Black, Boardwalk Empire and Law and Order. Rachel Chavkin's theatre credits include a decade of making work with the TEAM including Give Up! Start Over! (2005 Fringe First), Particularly in the Heartland (2006 Fringe First), Architecting (co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland and PS122, 2008 Fringe First), and Mission Drift (2011 Fringe First, Herald Angel, Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize). Outside of the TEAM Rachel primarily works on new plays and music theater works, including multiple collaborations with Dave Malloy - Preludes (LCT3) and Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Ars Nova / Kazino, 2012 Obie Award, Drama Desk and Lucille Lortel nom. Best Direction, Top Ten 2012 and 2013 NY Times, Time Out NY and NY Post); Small Mouth Sounds (Ars Nova), The Royale (Old Globe); Three Pianos (Ontological Incubator, NYTW, A.R.T., 2010 Obie Award); and multiple collaborations with Taylor Mac, including The Lily's Revenge and Peace (HERE). Jake Margolin's theatre credits include RoosevElvis, Mission Drift, Waiting for You, Architecting, and Particularly in the Heartland (The TEAM). Age Guidance 14+ Running time 95 mins without an interval "THE BIG IDEA: ROOSEVELVIS": www.royalcourttheatre.com/season/the-big-idea-roosevelvis The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage. The TEAM ensemble members Libby King and Kristen Sieh in conversation with Royal Court Artistic Director Vicky Featherstone Friday 30 October, post-show Jerwood Theatre Downstairs Free with a ticket to that evening's performance "Dialogue Club": www.royalcourttheatre.com/whats-on/dialogue-theatre-club-roosevelvis 12 November. Free but ticketed RoosevElvis at the Royal Court is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. !/files/images/applicationfiles/1066.9547.mellonlogotypedark/277x132.bywidth.jpg!
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