Inspired by Booker Prize-winning author Michael Ondaatje (The English Patient) and enlisting their largest ensemble of talent to date, SaBooge Theatre teams up with Drama Desk nominated sound designer and composer Jeff Lorenz on what promises to be a theatrical tour de force.
With the creation of Every Day Above Ground, SaBooge advances their collective interest in history, storytelling and the grotesque through the exploration of Billy the Kid; a character whose mythology is his grotesqueness. Inspired by Ondaatje's virtuoso shifts in narrator and form (poetry, frontier photographs, dime novels), SaBooge reimagines a tale of brutality and splendor spun from the feverish afterlife of the Kid himself. Consistently startling, graphic, and unsentimental, Every Day Above Ground peels back the layers of madness surrounding William Bonney to seek the revelatory shafts of lucidity in his own mind after death. Matching their "endlessly inventive" stagecraft (The Montreal Gazette) of rich visual storytelling, live music and innovative sound design with Ondaatje's viciously poetic landscape, SaBooge explores memory, loneliness, violence and guilt in a visionary story that is intimate in its carefully realized details and vast in its contemporary resonance.
Every Day Above Ground was performed in development at BRIC Studio, Brooklyn, and is having its official World Premiere at PS122 February 8-18 2007.
Created by SaBooge Theatre (Montreal) with the assistance of the National Arts Centre (Ottawa) and the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Interdepartmental Partnership with the Official-Language Communities (IPOLC), an initiative of the Department of Canadian Heritage.