In Bed with Roy Cohn
by Joan Beber
Performed: - 410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036, Aug 09, 2022
An amazing ride into the craziness that is Roy Cohn on his deathbed. With the most wondrous cast and creative team, we were able to create an all encompassing theatrical experience. I’m proud of our work, proud of the work achieved!
Roy Cohn – Christopher Daftsios
Lisette/Company – Rebeca Fong
Dora Cohn/Company – Marilyn Sokol
Barbara Walters/Company – Lee Roy Rogers
Julius Rosenberg/Company – Ian Gould
Ronnie Reagan/Company – Nelson Avidon
Serge/Company – Serge Thony
Young Roy – Andy Reihnhardt
Courtesy of AEA
Direction: Katrin Hilbe
Choreography: Lisa Shriver
Scenic Design: Sarah Edkins
Projection & Lighting Design: Gertjan Houben
Costume Design: Karen Ann Ledger
Original Music & Sound Design: Andy Evan Cohen
Casting: Stephanie Klapper Casting
General Manager: Perry Street Theatricals
Production Stage Manager: Katie Kavett
Photography: Russ Rowland, courtesy of Undercover Productions
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Director Katrin Hilbe, who has as much experience directing opera as she does theatre, takes the piece in a very unconventional direction. This is one high-energy spectacle: it is far more of a performance art piece than a ‘well made’ play. (...) This is not a play for everyone. It yanks viewers out of their comfort zone, a roughhouse art approach that owes more than a little to the ‘anything goes’ experimental theatre of the 1960s (take a bow, The Living Theatre). But for those who like their theater without seat belts it is definitely worth the ride.
Katrin Hilbe directs it all with the precision of a ballet master, the actors leaping across stage, hustling in and out of new costumes (stylish and essential design by Karen Ann Ledger). Gertjan Houben's projections illuminate key moments and add to the overall schizophrenic feel of the mise-en-scène. Everything is executed flawlessly.
Director Katrin Hilbe has turned this into an absurdist funhouse mirror of a show. In Bed With Roy Cohn will not appeal to all people, with it’s stream of consciousness story line, but those are willing to take the journey will be rewarded.
Director Hilbe in her staging makes the relationships not only interactive but hyperactive to underline Cohn's state of mind.The play is staged with surround sound and action happening everywhere. In the theatre's aisles, characters watch and react to the scene as we do. We are not only drawn into the drama, we are in the grasp of its tentacles.
Katrin Hilbe directed Beber’s new show, creating a spectacle for the entire 90 minute performance. The set, lighting, and sound worked together to complete the vision for Hilbe’s directorial showcase.