[John Kelly Escape Artist Redux]

John Kelly
Escape Artist Redux

The House Is Open

While rehearsing a theater show based on the life of the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio, a stressed-out performer has a catastrophic trapeze accident. Stranded on a gurney in a hospital room with a broken neck, he escapes and finds refuge in the images that flood his mind—the sinners and saints, the prostitutes and gods—that populate Caravaggio’s paintings.

Text, Visual Design, Video, and Performance John Kelly
Director of Photography and Video Codesign Jeff Morey
Original Songs Carol Lipnik and John Kelly
Additional Music Claudio Monteverdi and John Barry
Codirector and Dramaturg Dudley Saunders
Arrangements, Piano, Accordion, Flute John DiPinto
Cello Nioka Workman
Violin Justin Smith
Guitar John Kelly
Additional Vocals Carol Lipnik
Performers on Video Matt Connolly, Jeremy Gender, Brent Harris, Benjamin Walter Hopkins ’14, Nicole Lang ’16, Agosto Machado, Claire Moodey ’08, Matt Nassar, Brandon Olson, Ethan Shoshan

“The Dazzling Darkness,” “Cupid Song,” “Cara Viaggio,” “Out of Body,” “All That’s Left”
Music by Carol Lipnik / Lyrics by John Kelly

“Profit Blues,” “The Escape Artist”
Music and Lyrics by John Kelly

“You Only Live Twice”
Music by John Barry / Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse

“Oblivion Soave”
Music by Claudio Monteverdi; Libretto by Giovanni Francesco Busenello (from L’incoronazione di Poppea)

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Escape Artist Redux was developed in residence at Live Arts Bard, the commissioning and residency program of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Additional development support was provided by the Sundance Institute Theatre Program with ongoing support from the Time Warner Storytelling Fellowship; Music-Theatre Group; Dixon Place HOT! Festival; 2wice Arts Foundation; Civitella Ranieri Center; Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome; Park Avenue Armory’s Artist in Residence program; and a commission from the 2010 Ethyl Eichelberger Award created by PS122 and made possible with generous support from the Gesso Foundation.