4 REASONS NOT TO MISS THIS SHOW:
1. Daniel Fish is fresh off his Tony award-winning revival of Oklahoma! – see a different side of this rising star.
2. The performance is inspired by and shares a name with the seminal 1985 Don DeLillo novel – not to be confused with the recent Suzan-Lori Parks play at the Public. But if you caught that piece, consider this an unofficial diptych, with Parks’ work highlighting the uneasy racial themes in DeLillo’s novel and the legacy of whiteness in America.
3. The novel more or less invented FOMO, with the “most photographed barn in America” – 30 years before Instagram! – so don’t forget to hashtag your selfies. #NYUSkirball
4. The video design by Jim Findlay gives Bruce McKenzie a dynamic, kaleidoscopic, larger-than-life backdrop for his solo performance, using photographs, color fields and and human figures to create a Joshua Light Show-esque counterpoint to the text.
Direct from his Tony award-winning revival of Oklahoma! on Broadway, director Daniel Fish brings a new production inspired by Don DeLillo’s White Noise to NYU Skirball.
Originally produced by Germany’s Theater Freiburg and Ruhrfestspiele Recklingshausen in 2018, White Noise is performed by Bruce Mackenzie along with composer/drummer Bobby Previte. The work is a 70-minute meditation on the prescient themes of the 1985 National Book Award-winning novel: rampant consumerism, guns, media saturation, fear of dying, underground conspiracies, the disintegration and reintegration of the family, and environmental disaster. This US premiere is a collaboration between Fish, Mackenzie, Previte, Jim Findlay (video), Andrew Lieberman (set), and Doey Lüthi (costume).
Appropriate for ages 16+.
Daniel Fish is a New York-based director who makes work across the boundaries of theater, film, and opera. He draws on a broad range of forms and subject matter including plays, film scripts, contemporary fiction, essays and found audio. Recent work includes Oklahoma! (Broadway and St. Ann’s Warehouse), Michael Gordon’s opera Acquanetta (Prototype Festival), Don’t Look Back (The Chocolate Factory), Leonard Bernstein’s A Quiet Place (Curtis Opera), Who Left This Fork Here (Baryshnikov Arts Center, Onassis Center), Ted Hearne’s The Source (BAM NEXT WAVE, L.A. Opera, San Francisco Opera), and Eternal. His work has been seen at theaters and festivals throughout the U.S. and Europe, and his residencies and commissions include The MacDowell Colony, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Mass MOCA, The Chocolate Factory and The Bushwick Starr. He is the recipient of the 2017 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for the Theater. danielfish.net