The Evening, World Premiere/Walker Commission
Part of Out There 2015
“One of the strongest directors out there—an artist committed to making us see the world for what it is.” —New Yorker
Out There 2015 kicks off with a new Walker-commissioned work from award-winning playwright and director Richard Maxwell. Returning to his earlier minimalist and muscular style, The Evening distills an archetypal tale of a good man in moral decline. This modern yet loose adaptation of Dante’s Inferno and Milton’s Paradise Lost features a cast of six seasoned Maxwell actors, set design by Sascha van Riel, and live music.
Although rich with sublimated humor and magnified nuance, Maxwell’s theater works are noted for their non-emotive acting style coupled with an extreme form of neutrality in direction. Circular conversations, fractured silences, and dead-pan absurdity permeate his works, yet one never suspects lurking parody or satire. Instead, the result is a sophisticated, surprisingly moving rendering of the human condition laid bare.
Maxwell is the recipient of the 2014 Spalding Gray Award from P.S. 122, the Andy Warhol Museum, On the Boards, and the Walker Art Center.
Meet the Artists
Thursday, January 8
Meet the artists after the show at a reception in the McGuire Theater’s Balcony Bar.
Postshow Q & A
Friday, January 9
Stay after the show for a Q&A with the artists and performing arts curators.
Saturday, January 10
After the performance, head to the Balcony Bar to join a discussion or just listen in as others hash it out. SpeakEasy conversations are hosted by a tour guide and members of the local performing arts community.