-- Rarely staged theatrical classic reimagined with contemporary perspective.
Valencia, February 5--The CalArts School of Theater will present John Gabriel Borkman, by Henrik Ibsen, directed by MFA Directing candidate Maureen Huskey. John Gabriel Borkman, Huskey's final production at CalArts, appears in the Walt Disney Modular Theater at CalArts (24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia) on Thursday, March 5 through Saturday, March 7, 2009; and Monday, March 9 through Saturday, March 14, 2009. All shows are at 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free and by reservation only. For reservations, please visit the CalArts events site at calarts.edu/events  and click on John Gabriel Borkman.
John Gabriel Borkman tells the story of a late-19th-century family trying to forge a new path through the ruins of their past failures. The clash between generations and the tenuous grip of family loyalty provide the backdrop for a beautifully grotesque dance between the forces of death and destruction and the life-giving impulse to move forward. Drawing the audience into the story through movement and music, Huskey reimagines the naturalistic world of the piece in elemental, intoxicating and darkly playful ways.
Maureen Huskey (Brennan) is based in Los Angeles, and her CalArts credits include King Lear and Hoppla, We're Alive! by Ernst Toller. She is a 2008-09 recipient of The Princess Grace Honorarium Award. As a co-founder and director of Red Dive (New York, 1996-2006), she created multi-media performance installation-tours for the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal and lower Manhattan neighborhoods that involved partnering with community organizations such as the Museum of Chinese in America and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Her directorial work with dance and performance artists has been presented at The Kitchen, Dance Theatre Workshop, Joe's Pub, HERE Arts Center and other New York downtown venues. Her original, independent work has been developed and produced by Voice & Vision and the Brooklyn Arts Exchange. She has received a Bessie Award and grants from notable organizations such the Creative Capital Foundation, Franklin Furnace and others. Originally from Grand Junction, Colorado, she received her BA from Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado, and studied Drama at the University of Canterbury in England for one year as a Rotary Scholar.
California Institute of the Arts is recognized internationally as a leading laboratory for the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Housing six schools--Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater--CalArts educates professional artists in an intensive learning environment founded on art-making excellence, creative experimentation, cross-pollination among diverse artistic disciplines and a broad context of social and cultural understanding. CalArts also operates the Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater (REDCAT) in the Walt Disney Concert Hall complex in downtown Los Angeles.