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Cape Disappointment

“The Debate Society’s theatrical brilliance can’t be argued with.”
-John Del Signore, Gothamist

The Debate Society’s 4th full-length play transforms the upstairs space at P.S. 122 into their own version of a Drive-In theater to present an intimate and absurd perspective of classic Americana. The Brooklyn based play-makers invite audiences to experience the Feature Presentation from the comfort of their own private 4-seater, equipped with a cooler, speaker box, and a close-up view of the action. Like an evening at the Drive-In, Cape Disappointment starts with a “cartoon” and proceeds to the feature: a road-trip epic populated by characters racing across the crumbling landscapes of bygone hey-days. There’s even an intermission tossed in just long enough to grab some popcorn.

The Debate Society is a Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler. Joining co-writers Bos (Gothamist Best Actress of 2007) and Thureen (Hostage Song) onstage is actor Michael Cyril Creighton (The Vietnamization of New Jersey) and acclaimed NY actress, Drama Desk and two-time Obie Award winner and Emmy nominee Pamela Payton-Wright, who is also the mother of Cape Disappointment director Oliver Butler.

Saturday, Nov 22 – Sunday, Dec 7, 2008
Mon – Saturday at 8:00pm




“Orchestrated mayhem and the excitement that ensues are the only predictable variables…Try as it may to maintain theatrical composure, this always ends up degenerating, or exploding, into an all-out party.” –

Flavorpill orchestrates the exciting mayhem that is Avant-Garde-Arama! as PUPU Platter (Mike Albo, Michele Brilliant, Sandra Bauleo, John Roberts, Gina Vetro) hosts this special installment of PS122’s longest-running series. Each evening in this multidisciplinary mini-festival showcases a different lineup of bite-sized, eclectic new works from established and emerging artists. In a fun, festive and informal atmosphere, the best in breakout dance, music, theatre, performance, video and more is presented in 8 minutes or less. Anything can – and will – happen!

Featuring (in no order):
Friday October 6th:

Host PUPU Platter
The Debate Society
Martha Colburn
DD Dorvillier
Victor Morales
Leigh Evans
Dr. Schüler and Christine Holt

Plus DJ Justin Carter

Saturday, October 7th:
Host PUPU Platter
Jollyship the Whiz-Bang
Lear de Bessonet
Susan Buice and Arin Crumley
Miguel Gutierrez
Rob Niell / Neo-Futurists
Helen Stratford

Plus DJ

Photo by Pete-Y


October 6, 7
8:00 p.m.
Sunday October 8
4:00 and 7:00 p.m.

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