U.S. VISA SYSTEM MELTDOWN FORCES CANCELLATION OF "BOTOX ANGELS" BY DOOD PAARD AT LA MAMA
Theater company Dood Paard is now one victim of the widely-reported chaos for business travelers, agricultural workers and international performers as an ongoing computer glitch has halted the application process for U.S. visas. The inability to obtain visas for the actors and crew of the Dutch theater troupe has forced the cancellation of their production of "Botox Angels,” which was to be presented by La MaMa Experimental Theater Club from June 25 to 28 in its Ellen Stewart Theater, 66 East 4th Street, New York City. Dood Paard regrets this setback and hopes to be back in the USA very soon.
Written by Rob de Graaf, translated into English by Paul Evans, the play was to be performed by Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper, all from Holland, in its American premiere, which was to coincide with Gay Pride Weekend. In the piece, three clownish lesbian characters negotiate shifting power relationships, play dress up games and cross swords about men, philosophy versus banality and emotion versus rationality.
Thousands of European travelers have had to scrap flights to America following an ongoing computer meltdown that has halted all visa applications. Since at least June 15, the State Department computer system for visa processing has been crippled by a hardware failure, causing worldwide delays. It will be at least another week before the problem is resolved, according to official sources, who deny that it is the result of a cyber-attack.
La MaMa in Assocation with Amsterdam’s company Dood Paard presents
Ellen Stewart Theatre, 66 East 4th Street (2nd Floor)
Dress up games. Dildos. Fake breasts. Men. Banality versus philosophy. Emotion versus rationality. Sultry dialogue. Jealousy. Emotional violence. Everything, in fact, that makes life worth living.
After "medEia" at PS122 (2007), "Reigen ad lib" at the Guggenheim Museum (2011) and "Stock Xenophobia" at La MaMa (2012), the leading Dutch theater company Dood Paard returns to New York with the U.S. premiere of a feminist lesbian relationship comedy about militant sexuality. Three women, named Swift, Cocky and Deedee, negotiate shifting power relationships, juggle dildos and fake breasts, play dress-up games and cross swords about men, breast reductions, philosphy versus banality and emotion versus rationality.
With Ellen Goemans, Janneke Remmers and Manja Topper.
Text Rob de Graaf, translation Paul Evans.
Dood Paard receives structural funding for the Performing Art Fund NL and the City of Amsterdam. This project is supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL and Stichting Melanie. Press Representative: Jonathan Slaff & Associates. Agent: Menno Plukker Theatre Agency.