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New Jersey premiere of Elevator Repair Service performing THE SELECT (THE SUN ALSO RISES) presented by the Lewis Center for the Arts


Marguerite d'Aprile-Smith    
Director of Communications
Lewis Center for the Arts

(Princeton, NJ) The Lewis Center for the Arts Performance Central program presents the New Jersey premiere of The Select (The Sun Also Rises), Elevator Repair Service’s adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel. Two performances only at the Berlind Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center on Friday, April 15 at 7 PM  and Saturday, April 16 at 2 PM. Running time is three hours, 25 minutes with one pause and one intermission. Tickets are $10 for students and senior citizens; $15 for general admission and on sale now at the Berlind Box Office at 609.258.2787 and University Ticketing at 609.258.9220.

The Select (The Sun Also Rises) had its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Festival in the summer of 2010. It won’t appear on New York stages until the fall 2011. This is a unique opportunity for Princeton area residents to see this extraordinary literary production by the New York theater company whose Off-Broadway production of Gatz (based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby) was praised by theater critics and found itself among numerous theatrical top ten lists, earning the Number 1 slot on the New York Times list.

A stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs seamlessly transforms itself from the bistros of Paris to the banks of the Irati River; a long bar table roars to life and charges a champion matador; an out-of-control dance party takes off during a night of nonstop revelry. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in Pamplona where bullfighting and the fiesta rage in the streets, Hemingway’s narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he loves; a woman whose amorous escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism.

Adapted by Elevator Repair Service (ERS) and directed by John Collins, The Select (The Sun Also Rises), is a co-production of ERS and New York Theatre Workshop. Commissioned by the Ringling International Arts Festival, John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in association with the Baryshnikov Art Center; the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival with funding from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage through the Philadelphia Theatre Initiative; ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage; and Festival Theaterformen Hannover.

Paul Muldoon, chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts and former Director of the Princeton Atelier, invited Elevator Repair Service to perform at Princeton this spring so that University students would have a firsthand opportunity to witness their work before enrolling in an upcoming Princeton Atelier course with Elevator Repair Service. Bringing New York theater artists into the Princeton classroom is a tradition that Muldoon initiated. “We have established a relationship with them and  they will be coming to teach a course in the near future, ”said Muldoon and Stacy Wolf, the new Director of the Princeton Atelier.
"…dazzlingly free and inventive…in its use of music spanning the whole century, and of sudden bursts of wild choreography, to create a profoundly intelligent piece of theatre that effortlessly bridges the decades since the 1920s." — The Scotsman

"(Elevator Repair Service) are in town performing theatrical open-heart surgery on Ernest Hemingway’s first major success. They do it with surgical expertise and a droll, playful humour…" — Guardian UK

Elevator Repair Service, a theatre ensemble, was founded by director John Collins and a group of actors in 1991. Since then, ERS has built a body of work that has earned it a loyal following and made it one of New York’s most highly-acclaimed experimental theatre companies. They combine elements of slapstick comedy, hi-tech and lo-tech design, both literary and found text, common objects and discarded furniture, and the group’s own highly developed style of choreography. For more information about ERS visit:

The Lewis Center for the Arts is part of a major initiative announced by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2006 to fully embrace the arts as an essential part of the educational experience for all who study and teach at Princeton University. The Lewis Center for the Arts will have a significant impact on the University and the larger community it serves. The public is welcomed to a full range of lectures, exhibitions, concerts and performances at the Center. Many of the Center’s events are free or charge a nominal admission fee.

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