Conceived, Designed, and Directed by Zisham Ugurlu
Choreographer by Julia M. Ritter
Marathon Dancing-Letters to Wall Street in the Era of Wonderful Nonsense explores marathon dancing, which was a popular form of an endurance contest in the 1920s and applies it to the economic crisis. Like The Hunger Games, which pulls from the traditions of Roman gladiatorial games and reality television, dance marathons were entered in order to win monetary prizes or achieve fame. This production is an adaptation of Horace McCoy's novel They Shoot Horses, Don't They? (and the movie directed by Sydney Pollack in 1969) which protrays the grueling and competitive world of dance marathons. Marathon Dancing portrays frustrated citizens who are suffering from sudden financial ruin and features letters written from bank executives by angered individuals, which are read live by the writers themselves, bringing to light the brutal effects of the economic collapse of 2008.
Alex will be playing the role of Matthew in Marathon Dancing. For behind the scenes looks at the show, check out Instagram.
Loree Dance Theatre
70 Lipman Drive, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Rutgers University, Douglass Campus
Entrance is on the Passion Puddle side of the Loree gymnasium.
Performances: December 3rd-6th, 2015 at 7:30 PM
This performance features loud noises, gun shots, nudity, strong language and adult themes. Not appropriate for anyone under 12.
This is a free event, however due to limited seating, reservations are highly suggested.
For reservations, call the Mason Gross box office at 848-932-7511.
Presented through the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University.