Inspired by actual medical texts from the 17th and 18th century, anatomy theater follows the progression of a convicted murderess from her confession to execution, to denouncement, and finally to dissection, including an anatomy lesson for curious onlookers. It is a moral dissection that seeks to discover how the insides of evildoers are different from those of righteous citizens. Written by Pulitzer Prize-Winning composer David Lang and world-renowned visual artist Mark Dion, anatomy theater is a sardonic, tuneful and grisly theatrical event.
A Ridge Theater Production. Developed and Produced by Beth Morrison Projects. Development support provided by BRIC and MassMoCA. anatomy theater premiered at LA Opera in a Beth Morrison Projects production in June 2016.
anatomy theater was co-commissioned by Beth Morrison Projects, Ridge Theater, Justus & Helen Schlichting, Linda & Stuart Nelson, Paul King, Marla Mayer & Chris Ahearn. Additional commissioning support provided by BRIC, Nancy & Barry Sanders and Miles & Joni Benickes. anatomy theater is funded, in part, by an award from The National Endowment for the Arts – Art Works, and by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. Additional funding was provided by the Multi-Arts Production Fund (MAP), the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts and New Music USA.
anatomy theater is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Photos by Paula Court.
Sarah Osborne: Peabody Southwell
Joshua Crouch: Marc Kudisch
Baron Peel: Robert Osborne
Ambrose Strang: Timur
With the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)
International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE): Kivie Cahn-Lipman, Phyllis Chen, Nathan Davis, Erica Dicker, Emi Ferguson, Gareth Flowers, Anne Lanzilotti, Josh Rubin, and Randy Zigler
Supernumeraries: Rosario Alvarez, Irina Kaplan, Ana Kirkland, Yeujia Low, Moira McCormick, Matt McDonough, Andrew Schurr, and Natasha Thweat
Video Engineer: Simon Harding
Assistant to the Director: Robert Kitchens
Consultant Production Manager: Sarah Peterson
Production Manager: Carly Levin
Wardrobe Assistant: Casper Sutton-Fosman
Rehearsal Pianist: John Arida