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Elevator Repair Service with a New Work Written by Sibyl Kempson

Fondly, Collette Richland, Preview Performances/Walker Commission

“ERS … stands out, not only for its humor and intelligence, but for its defiant theatricality.” —Artforum

Elevator Repair Service, creators of the six-hour Gatz sensation, return to the Walker with a preview performance of their latest play, an exciting large-scale production written by a rising star in the New York experimental theater scene, playwright Sibyl Kempson. As a serene domestic scene gradually unravels, mysterious offstage forces and an unexpected guest become entwined in a surreal homage to Jane Bowles, Mary Shelley, and a cadre of other influences.

The company’s signature physical/comic performance style and Kempson’s inimitable approach to writing are complemented by a live score played by longtime ERS member Mike Iveson. The result is a lush, engaging, strange, and beautiful trip into unknown mental and physical spaces.

Meet the Artists

Postshow Reception

Thursday, May 16
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.

Postshow Q & A

Friday, May 17
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.


Commissioned by the Walker Art Center with support provided by the William and Nadine McGuire Commissioning Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Producers’ Council members Leni and David Moore, Jr./The David & Leni Moore Family Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Developed with support from The Playwrights’ Center, and at New York Theatre Workshop, The Performing Garage, and Abrons Art Center.