IN THE BAR OF A TOKYO HOTEL
2007/ White Horse Theater Company (Artistic Director: Cyndy A. Marion)
A play by Tennessee Williams
Original Incidental Music Score by Joe Gianono
Mark is a world-famous artist. He and his grasping wife Miriam are caught in a fiercely symbiotic bond of need and hatred. Having played midwife to his incredible career, Mark has been both Miriam’s validation and despair. Now she wants to leave, afraid that Mark is in the grip of a breakdown and he can no longer create. Mark, however, senses a breakthrough coming. He returns again and again to his canvases, which “demand what I can’t give them yet”. The scene is set both for a savage and witty dance of death, and an autobiographical meditation on creativity and envy of success. With a gentle Japanese flavor and a Satie inspired score, the “windchime” shakes up the quiet air. The main flute theme is based on Johanna’s “Woodstock” Dorian windchime.
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