Adam Seelig et al. bring “Ritter, Dene, Voss” to La MaMa


After successful runs in Toronto and Chicago, the One Little Goat Theatre Company will present a limited engagement of Thomas Bernhard’s Ritter, Dene, Voss at La MaMa e.t.c.’s 1st-Floor Theatre from September 23 to October 10.

OLG Artistic Director Adam Seelig has assembled three of Canada’s leading young actors to bring the celebrated Austrian author’s piece to life. Maev Beaty (Africa Trilogy, Luminato Festival), Shannon Perreault (If We Were Birds, Tarragon Theatre) and Jordan Pettle (Stratford Festival, Soulpepper) will all reprise their roles for the New York premiere.

More about the play and the company, from their press release:

In Ritter, Dene, Voss (named for the three actors who premiered the original 1986 production in German), Thomas Bernhard explores sexual repression and sibling rivalry with characteristic tenacity and wit. The play involves two sisters – both actresses – and their attempts at reintegrating their volatile brother into their home. The brother, a tormented genius (loosely based on last century’s great, idiosyncratic philosopher, Ludwig Wittgenstein), has just returned from a mental health institute, complicating the dynamics between the three siblings.

One Little Goat, North America’s only company devoted to contemporary poetic theatre, “has done audiences a huge service” (Toronto Star) through its highly interpretive, provocative approach to international plays. In 2009, One Little Goat presented the English Canadian premiere of Someone is Going to Come by Norway’s Jon Fosse in a new translation, followed by the world premiere of Talking Masks by Artistic Director Adam Seelig. Both plays entered the 2009 top-ten lists of Toronto’s EYE Weekly and NOW Magazine. The company’s production of Seelig’s Antigone:Insurgency was also a top Toronto theatre production of 2007 in NOW Magazine, and its production of Thomas Bernhard’s Ritter, Dene, Voss has received wide acclaim. From 2002 on, the company has presented the English premieres of radio plays by Israel’s eminent modern poet, Yehuda Amichai, in New York, Toronto, and in a podcast for Poetry Magazine. In 2004 One Little Goat premiered All Is Almost Still by Adam Seelig at the 78th Street Theatre Lab in New York, for which Seelig was called “one of the brightest directors” (Back Stage) of a “compelling and moving” play (NYTheatre.com, Martin Denton). Seelig’s new book, a novella/poem entitled Every Day in the Morning (slow), is being released by New Star Books this August. More information is available at www.OneLittleGoat.org.

Tickets for Ritter, Dene, Voss can be purchased online at LaMaMa.org, in person at the box office, or by calling 212-475-7710.



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