Columbia Stages presents Sam Shepard's A Lie of the Mind, directed by Columbia M.F.A. candidate Jeff Janisheski. The play has a limited engagement at the Theatre of the Riverside Church ( 91 Claremont Ave.), through Feb. 19 only.
Shepard called his 1985 epic "a love ballad … a little legend about love." The play intertwines the lives of two troubled families, exposing the ghosts of their pasts: insanity, alcoholism, alienation and abuse. In this new production, Janisheski combines his extensive and eclectic background in dance and theatre to create a humorous, haunting and violent aria of tortured love.
Janisheski has presented his highly physical and expressionistic work at various theatres in New York and abroad. For three years in Japan, he trained intensively in Butoh dance with its co-creator Kazuo Ohno, SOA'02. In 2004, he was an adjunct theatee faculty member at Fordham University and has been a guest artist in the theater departments of Manhattanville College, The New School, New York University and State University of New York, Pace College. He currently serves as artistic associate at Classic Stage Company, where he also curates the new On the Verge series, which is dedicated to staging the work of emerging artists.
"Janisheski is exceptionally talented. His work reflects an innate and passionate understanding of the theatrical event and intellectual rigor. He knows stage poetry and stage metaphor, and his work is infused with it," says Anne Bogart, a professor in the Theatre Arts Division at the School of the Arts and artistic director of SITI Company, an ensemble-based theater company.
Columbia Stages, the producing arm of the Theatre Arts Division, is dedicated to re-imagining the classics and development of new works.
Performances run through Feb. 19 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. The Theatre of the Riverside Church is located at 91 Claremont Ave. between 120 and 121 Sts. Seating is limited and reservations are strongly suggested. General admission is $10; $5 for seniors and students. For tickets, call (212) 870-6784 or visit www.ticketweb.com.