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September 28, 2005
Gary Corbin, winner of Franklin Furnace's Fund for Performance Art, supported by Jerome Foundation in celebration of the Jerome Hill Centennial and in recognition of the valuable cultural contributions of artists to society.
"...four one-legged men!"
358 West 44th Street (between 8th and 9th Aves)
New York, NY 10036
Previews: October 5 and 6
Opening Date: October 7, 2005
Closing Date: October 23
Schedule: Wednesday 7:00pm / Thursday 7:00pm / Friday 8:00pm / Saturday 8:00pm / Sunday 7:00pm
Written and performed by Gary Corbin and directed by William Martin," ...four one-legged men!" is a bold, audacious, and intensely dramatic one-man play peppered with lots of humor.
It consists of four vignettes that depict four distinct amputees from different backgrounds, seasons and eras: In "A Day In The Life of Jamie Prince" - Jamie is a writer who in the winter of 2005 visits his dying/foster grandparent who is in a nursing home. He is there to dedicate three stories he wrote ("Rainbow", "I'll Betcha That!" and "Waiting for Oz"); In "Rainbow" it is the Spring of 1959 where a father fights his estranged wife because she prevents him from seeing their toddler-aged daughter. He falls asleep and dreams of deceased loved ones who guide him to a "rainbow" that gives him the inspiration to deal with his problems the right way. "I'll Betcha That!" takes place during the Summer of 1979. A gay male is on his way to a 4th of July costume party, dressed as a "registered nurse." However, he falls and breaks his artificial leg at a remote bus stop. Who should he call to rescue him? His anti-gay father? His ex-best friend who will humiliate him? While deciding, he faces the obstacle of being gay, black, and disabled. "Waiting for Oz" takes place in the Autumn of 1969. A delusional Vietnam vet is detained on a mental ward of a veteran's hospital. He refuses to believe his comrade (Oz) was killed in Vietnam. He also has delusions of resuming the aspirations he had of becoming a professional dancer. That was before "the eagle" abducted him and placed him in ' Nam. It was also before his recent amputation. Gary Corbin performs this vignette entirely on one leg. He even dances to "Proud Mary" by Ike and Tina Turner.
A critic once wrote: "It's to Corbin's credit that he makes a seemingly audacious act to be anything but!"
Recommended for mature audiences. Those under 18 should come at the discretion of their parents.
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