‘Chasing Andy Warhol’ unveiled by Bated Breath Theater Company

Theater lovers will soon be able to have personal contact with a legendary pop art provocateur.

Bated Breath Theater Company, which recently produced the award-winning film ‘Voyeur: The Windows of Toulouse-Lautrec’, will launch its new immersive, theatrical walking production, ‘Chasing Andy Warhol’.

The show will use the East Village as a backdrop to explore the life and legacy of one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, a man who explored the impact of fame and mass media with works like Campbell’s Soup Cans and his screen-printed diptych of Marilyn. Monroe. It’s a fairly pandemic-friendly slice of theater, taking audiences from Astor Place to the Bowery before ending at the Von Bar. Throughout scenes inspired by the enigmatic life of Warhol will unfold on the streets, behind the windows of area businesses and inside secret locations along the route. It feels like a slightly easier suspension of disbelief than “Voyuer,” which transformed the West Village into 19th-century Paris — Warhol, after all, spent much of his career in Manhattan.

“There isn’t a piece of culture that hasn’t been touched by Warhol’s resilience and his ability to sense what the times needed,” says creator and director Mara Lieberman. “It’s exciting to move forward with this kind of live theater and try it out with New York really acting as our stage partner.”

The show will begin previews from March 25, with an official opening set for April 7. The show lasts approximately 90 minutes and the audience will be limited to 16 people. The company will present shows from Thursday to Sunday.

“We’re a rain or shine experience,” Lieberman says.

Bated Breath will produce the show in partnership with Fever/Secret NYC, the Greenwich Village Business Alliance, the NoHo Business Improvement District, TMPL clubs at Astor Place and Von Bar.

The full cast includes Mitchell Ashe, Kat Berton, Grayson Bradshaw, Mariah Busk, Alysa Finnegan, Teal French-Levine, Jmonet Hill, Youran Lee, Jake Malavsky, Taylor McKenzie, Marisa Melito, Kayla Prestel, Brandon P. Raines, Annika Rudolph, Alessandra Ruiz, Antonia Santangelo, Kyle Starling, Fé Torres, Luca Villa and Katherine Winter.

Lieberman created and directed the show, which incorporates choreography by Rachel Leigh Dolan and Rachelle Rak, costume design by Christopher F. Metzger, set design by Christian Fleming, Meg McGuigan, Jerry Schiffer, sound and projection design by Mark Van Hare and Experiential Design Consultant is Tara O’Con.


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