THE SELECT Plays Benefit Performance at New York Theatre Workshop 9/10


Join Elevator Repair Service on Saturday, September 10 for the New York premiere of “The Select (The Sun Also Rises),” a staging of Hemingway’s classic novel, “The Sun Also Rises.” The evening begins with the performance at New York Theatre Workshop at 7:30 PM, and is followed by a party featuring open bar and dim sum at the Koi Lounge at Chinatown Brasserie at 10:30 PM.

The New York Theatre Workshop is located at 79 East 4th Street @ Bowery Koi Lounge at Chinatown Brasserie is located at 380 Lafayette St. @ West 3rd St.

$300 – Performance and party ($200 tax-­deductible)
$500 – All of the above, plus premium seating for performance, plus invitation to a reception on October 10th with ERS Artistic Director John Collins ($400 tax-­deductible)

Tickets on sale now. Buy tickets at, or send a check to Elevator Repair Service at 138 South Oxford St. #2D, Brooklyn, NY 11217 by April 20th. Call 718-783-1905.

Elevator Repair Service (ERS) is hosting a benefit gala on Saturday, September 10th, 2011. The company, now celebrating its 20th year, recently closed a sold?out run of Gatz at The Public Theater and is now premiering the third part of their trilogy of critically acclaimed productions based on modernist American novels. Guests at this event will enjoy a performance of “The Select (The Sun Also Rises),” Elevator Repair Service‘s staging of Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises in its New York premiere at New York Theatre Workshop. A cocktail party will follow in the exquisite Koi Lounge at Chinatown Brasserie. Higher?priced ticket buyers will enjoy premium seating at the performance and will also receive an invitation to an exclusive reception with ERS Artistic Director John Collins to be held on October 10th.

About ERS
Elevator Repair Service is a New York City?based ensemble that creates original theater pieces. ERS was founded by director John Collins in 1991 and has since created an extensive body of work that includes full-­?length productions and short dramatic pieces. These have been seen all over the world and have garnered awards and accolades in Europe, Australia and The United States. Theater critic Ben Brantley of the New York Times recently called ERS’s production Gatz “The most remarkable achievement in theater not only of this year but also of this decade.”

In 2005 ERS began work on a trilogy of pieces drawn from early 20th century American novels. The first part of the trilogy, Gatz, a six-­?hour verbatim presentation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby, has become the company’s most successful and widely seen production. Gatz has been seen in 19 cities in the U.S. and abroad, including Minneapolis, Cambridge, Dublin, Sydney, Oslo, Amsterdam and Lisbon. The piece has garnered awards in Boston and Sydney and just closed a critically acclaimed, sold-­?out ten-­?week run at The Public Theater in New York. ERS’s current work, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), based on the Hemingway novel, opened the 2010 Edinburgh International Festival earlier this year, and had its U.S. premiere at the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival this fall. The production marks a new level of support for ERS – it was commissioned by the Ringling International Arts Festival, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL, in association with the Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York, NY; the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival with funding from The Pew Center for Arts Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative; ArtsEmerson: the World on Stage, Boston, MA; and Festival Theaterformen Hannover/Braunschweig.

Elevator Repair Service completes its staging of a trilogy of classic American works with The Select (The Sun Also Rises), a staging of Ernest Hemingway‘s novel. A stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs transforms seamlessly from Paris cafes to Pamplona streets. After their highly acclaimed adaptations of The Great Gatsby and The Sound and the Fury, ERS turns its sights on Hemingway’s alcohol-­?soaked expatriates in this world premiere that features the ensemble’s trademark sound design and highly energized choreography. Hemingway’s dry wit, a doomed romance and even live bullfighting (as re-­?imagined by ERS) make this a compelling conclusion to ERS’ exploration of modernist American literature of the 1920′s.

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