Twelve current students and recent alumni of the Yale School of Drama have banded together to form Old Sound Room, a new ensemble theater company based in New York City.
Their maiden show is “an aggressive adaptation” of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that involves words, “frenzied” movement and original, beat-driven music, according to a press announcement. The performance also incorporates interviews with residents of the Lillian Booth/Actors Fund Assisted Living Facility, a nursing home specifically dedicated to serving those who have worked in the entertainment industry, regardless of ability to pay.
Old Sound Room was founded by a group of performers together with a director, dramaturg and stage manager, many of whom have collaborated previously at YSD. All members of the company will collaborate to adapt both classic and modern texts, infusing them with music and movement to create “relevant and resonant narratives” that celebrate connection and community, according to the group’s website.
The company raised about 24,000 through a Kickstarter campaign, exceeding their 20,000 goal. They are also being sponsored by Vision into Art, a music and multimedia production company.
“Old Sound Room Lear” will open on June 14 at the HUB Studios in New York.