THE ARTAUD series presents ARTAUD MARAT
“Tolstoy said that ‘the most important thing in life and art is to tell the truth.’ I chose to portray Antonin Artaud’s visionary genius and brilliant madness as a way to denounce the hypocrisies of society. I consider Artaud’s truth to be important and relevant to the present time, where the emotional and physical ‘cruelty’ of terror is everywhere, disguised behind the powers of good and evil.“ -Roi Escudero
ARTAUD MARAT a ROI ESCUDERO performance-art-play
AWARD WINNER of EXELLENT EXPERIMENTAL FRIGID New York 2020
ARTAUD as MARAT
a Documentary Performance art-cinema™ play inspired by the lucid madness of a beloved genius.
IOAN ARDELEAN as ARTAUD
ROI ESCUDERO as MADAME NEBUNIE La FOLIE, Artaud Madness
FRIGID NY 2020 and ETdC Projects’ Lab
ARTAUD MARAT and The Inmates of His Mind
a performance-art play
Written Designed and Directed
by ROI ESCUDERO
With Movement by IOAN ARDELEAN
Co- Produced and Dramaturge VALENTIN EWAN
A ETdC Projects’ Lab Production
Mardi Gras is happening outside and the audience is brought inside Antonin Artaud's mind, where the imaginary, the symbolic and the real manifest themselves. Artaud in seeking to free his existence from the pain of the world and its violent indifference, begins a retrospection of his life with the inmates of his mind. A post-modern installation of magic(al) realism, performance-art, movement, music and film, which evokes and explores the full force of the life, work and lucid madness of the beloved visionary genius of theater ANTONIN ARTAUD.
Playwright/Director/ Production Designer-mise en scène: scenic design, costumes, mask, objects of art, and multimedia video concept, designed and realized by ROI ESCUDERO
With Movement by IOAN ARDELEAN
Producer/Dramaturg/Stage Manager/Videographer/ Multimedia Technical Director: VALENTIN EWAN
Video collaborator: JACK PLACIDI
Set Structure: The Door and Virtual Paintings: Celestial Intruder and Tarahumaras CubicSpace by JAMES EWAN
Music by The Argentinian BAND (La BANDA Argentina). La BANDA Argentina is a platform at ETdC Projects' Lab for International musicians and composers to showcase their talents. The members of the Band change with the thematic course of each production.
Roi “Bubi" Escudero is a director of the third millennium.” “Bravo!”
-Mario Fratti - Playwright/Critic -American Oggi
IOAN ARDELEAN as ARTAUD and ALL his HALLUCINATIONS
ROI ESCUDERO as MADAME NEBUNIE La FOLIE, Artaud's Madness
VALENTIN EWAN as The CARETAKER, The Ghost of Dr. Ferdière
VICTORIA RIC as RAISON d'être and Her Manifestations
Original sound poetry by ANTONIN ARTAUD, excerpts from To Have Done With the Judgment of God and other recordings.
ETdC Projects’ Lab’s productions and its artists in residence have received in total 32 PCTF award nominations, 14 of which became Award wins, including several for Outstanding Overall Production. ARTAUD MARAT, Excellent Experimental Award FRIGID New York 2020; Roi Escudero’s The 11th DIMENSION (2019) a Performance-art play with Movement by Ioan Ardelean and produced by ETdC Projects’ Lab and Valentin Ewan, received an IT Awards nomination for Outstanding Performance-art Production from The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation and won PCTF Awards for Outstanding Experimental Playwright and Outstanding Projection Design.
ARTAUD MARAT was presented by FRIGID New York 2020 and ETdC Projects' Lab
at The Kraine Theater. Winner of the FRIGID New York 2020
Excellent Experimental Award.
The presentations at The Medicine Theater 03/21/2020 to 04/12/2020
and at the Municipal Theatre Baia-Mare, Romania 02-09/2020 were delayed due to Covid-19
More information to come...
I want to thank Joan and Frederick M. Nicholas, founder and former Chairman of the Board of The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Los Angeles, CA, for their unconditional support and encouragement to my performance-art work, and the work produced at ETdC Projects’ Lab. More gratitude also to The Ray and Wyn Ritchie Evans Foundation for its generosity, as well as to Randi Berry and The Indie Theater Fund for its grant Pay the Artist, and
The League of Independent Theater.
To Erez Ziv, Artistic Director at FRIGID New York, Emily Godfrey, FRIGID 2020 Marketing and PR, Genny Yosco, Artist Coordinator, Joey Neill, Technical Director, thank you very much.
I extend my gratitude to Chris Brandt, Artistic Director, Medicine Show Theatre New York, Joe Battista, Artistic Director, 13 Repertory Theatre New York. IATI Theater, Patricia Herrera, Al Momento-LatinMedia, Amber Crawford and all the Artists in residence at ETdC Projects’ Lab Mika Oyaizu, Jack Placidi, Cesar Valderrama and James Ewan for their talent and dedication during the creative process of the development of ARTAUD MARAT.
Many thanks to the actors who portrayed Artaud in the prior versions of the Artaud series: Andy Chmelko, Fletcher Liegerot, and Brad Burgess, the cast and production team. Merci, Artaud.
*The Indie Theater Fund is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit designed to financially assist organizations and individual artists creating independent theater in the five boroughs of New York City. The intent of the Fund is to protect, sustain and strengthen this vital segment of American theater in any economic environment and to further enhance its positive impact on the cultural landscape of the city. The money for the Fund comes from participating organizations and artists who make donations in the amount of 5¢ per ticket they sell.
Roi Escudero's work is under the umbrella of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization.
Antonin Artaud as Marat - Napoléon by Abel Gance (1927)
Chanson: Aimer À Perdre La Raison est adaptée du poème de Louis Aragon
« La croix pour l’ombre » © 1971 Compositeur Jean Ferrat
©Pictures by James Ewan, Valentin Ewan and Roi Escudero.
An ETdC Projects' Lab Production
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