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FRANK, a newborn company, presents Wallace Shawn's famously unproduced,"A Thought in Three Parts." Be FRANK with us!

What is FRANK?

FRANK is a group of young writers, designers, directors, and actors who met as undergraduates and have reassembled in New York City to make plays.

What is FRANK doing?

This February, in association with the playwright, FRANK is putting on its first play, Wallace Shawn’s A THOUGHT IN THREE PARTS.

We meet every day in a dodgy midtown office space. We change out of our street looks and into our movement costumes to take the material apart and put it back together.

A THOUGHT IN THREE PARTS by Wallace Shawn

  • At the Gene Frankel Theater, February 2-5, 2012
  • Directed by Sarah Tolan Mee and Lily Spottiswoode
  • With: Evan Smith, Federico Rodriguez, Lily Garrison, Max Posner, Micah Stock
  • Sets: Pete Fallon
  • Lighting: Oona Curley
  • Sound: Adam Stone
  • Dramaturg: Katherine Kooper
  • Puppetry: Chloe Paisley

What is A THOUGHT IN THREE PARTS?

This notoriously seldom produced triptych has been performed only a handful of times in the United States. When the play premiered in London in 1977 with the vice squad in attendance, it prompted the House of Lords to attempt to bar government funding of the Institute of Contemporary Arts.

With language, and sex too, A THOUGHT IN THREE PARTS seems to ask why it is we do things the way we do them. Why are relationships structured the way they are structured? Does that structure lend itself to psychic or corporeal satisfaction? Does intimacy create meaning for people or smash it to bits? Just what is the relief for unbearable urges? Isn’t there one? FRANK hopes so.

Above all, why has the lapse of 40 years failed to make this play seem less volatile and more producible?

Come find out with us!

What do you want from me?

In order to put this play up -- rehearse it, produce it, perform it -- FRANK needs YOU! We need space to rehearse! We need to build sets (Beds! Rooms!). We need to make costumes. Print flyers and tickets! Hang lights! And so forth! So please, please -- Be FRANK with us!

A Note: This play includes nudity, explicit language, and other adult content.

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