Visions of Kerouac
Brendan McCall directed & produced Visions of Kerouac. Described as a "movement-theater concept-album," the original work was inspired by the writings of Jack Kerouac, particularly his 1958 novel The Dharma Bums.
The production premiered at Grusomhetens Teater on 25 May - 4 June 2017, the first production in the company's 25-year history not to be directed by its founder, Lars Øyno. Each of the 10 performances featured a different guest artist inside the show, presenting their own interpretation of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl", coming from Norway´s community of music, theater, and dance artists.
Brendan McCall stepped in to direct Swift Justice for Bellarmine Alumni Theatre (BAT) in San Jose, California, inspired by the true local story of a 1933 lynching and written by former city mayor Tom McEnery, after the original director Tom Alessandri died suddenly of a heart attack shortly before rehearsals were set to begin.
McCall was a student of Alessandri's at Bellarmine College Preparatory from 1986-90, working with him as an actor, assistant director, and teaching assistant before moving to the East Coast on a scholarship to attend New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. McCall credits Alessandri with being exceptionally influential on his artistic and professional life, and was fortunate to perform with him as an adult in two productions--The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (2011) and That Championship Season (2013)--in Bellarmine Alumni Theatre (BAT), founded by Alessandri in the Sobrato Center for the Arts & Humanities.
Using Alessandri's detailed notes made during the 18+ months of preparation before rehearsals began, McCall directed Swift Justice with the original cast, crew, and design team with performances 6-9 July 2017. Appropriately, this was the first production to performed in the newly-christened Tom Alessandri Theater at the Sobrato Center.
In partnership with Maren Alessandri Lane, McCall will continue the BAT program for the future, with the next scheduled production in summer 2018.
"I is another" - Rimbaud in Africa
Grusomhetens Teater has been invited to perform "I is another" - Rimbaud in Africa (2017) at Theater X in Tokyo, Japan from 28 September - 1 October 2017. This is Lars Øyno's latest original production, and the 26th since the company was founded in 1992.
"I is another"- Rimbaud in Africa received its world premiere this past January, in Oslo, produced by Brendan McCall. Previous world-premieres for the company produced by McCall include Lament (2015); Proud Cloud (2016), created in collaboration with Tristan Honsinger and the Hopscotch Ensemble of Berlin; and Visions of Kerouac (2017), which he also wrote & directed.
This engagement at Theater X marks the 3rd time in as many years that the company has performed its work at this venue in Tokyo, since McCall connected them with Grusomhetens Teater. Previously, Theater X has produced two world-premiere stagings by Henrik Ibsen--the 1860 prose comedy Svanhild (2016), and the 1859 opera Fjeldfuglen (2015)--both directed by Øyno.
In co-operation with Nordic Black Theatre (Oslo), McCall will direct the Norwegian premiere of Open House by American playwright Aaron Landsman. A site-specific play set in multiple apartment living rooms within an urban environment, the play explores the link between gentrification and relationships.
These 10 performances will take place in 10 different apartments through Oslo 7-17 September 2017. This is McCall's first collaboration with Nordic Black Theatre.
Open House has also been invited to perform later this winter at an international theater festival in Rabat, Morocco.
For more information, please go here.
Brendan McCall is writing a new blog series for HowlRound (USA), which previously published his series about his 2014 project inspired by the Belarus Free Theatre. This new cycle of writings, "Beyond Ibsen", profiles different artists and groups working within Nordic contemporary theater.
World Theatre Map Ambassador
Brendan McCall is pleased to announce that he has been selected to be the World Theatre Map Ambassador for Norway, in a new project sponsored by HowlRound (USA).
For more information about the project, please go here.