Congrats to Mark Bennett on his Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Sound Design for the New York Theatre Workshop’s critically-acclaimed production of AN ILIAD, by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare.http://www.playbill.com/news/article/161274-Lucille-Lortel-Award-Nominations-Announced-Once-and-Tribes-Lead-the-Pack
Bennett also wrote the original music for AN ILIAD, which spins the familiar tale of gods and goddesses, undying love and endless battles told through an original and immediate voice.
Making its New York premier, Tony Award-winning actors Denis O’Hare (Assassins, Take Me Out) and Stephen Spinella (Angels in America) have alternated as performers in this sweeping account of humanity’s unshakeable attraction to violence, destruction and chaos, which has been extended through April 1, 2012.
Charles Isherwood of The New York Times writes, “The subtle, dramatic music of Mark Bennett is primarily played live by the bassist Brian Ellingsen, coaxing an amazing variety of sounds from his instrument.”
Andy Propst of Theatermania.com writes, “Mark Bennett provides the stirring soundscape and haunting original music played by bassist Brian Ellingsen.”
Joe Dziemianowicz of The New York Daily News writes,”The music composed by Mark Bennett is as urgent and haunting as the story itself.”
David Sheward of Backstage writes, “Bassist Brian Ellingsen soulfully plays Mark Bennett’s symphonic original music.”
NYTW is at 79 E. 4th Street, between Bowery and Second Avenue, in the East Village. Tickets to AN ILIAD are $70 Remaining performances are Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 3 PM and 8 PM; Sunday at 2 PM and 7 PM.
Mark Bennett has composed scores and designed sound for the American premieres of new plays by Edward Albee, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Athol Fugard, Tony Kushner and Caryl Churchill, among many others. Recent Broadway projects include Lincoln Center’s THE COAST OF UTOPIA (dir. by Jack O’Brien, Drama Desk Award; Oustanding Music for a Play/Henry Hewes Award; Outstanding Sound Design), HENRY IV (directed by Jack O’Brien), GOLDA’S BALCONY, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, THE GOAT, TARTUFFE, Lily Tomlin’s SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE, THE LION IN WINTER, A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE, LONDON ASSURANCE, and A STEADY RAIN (dir. by John Crowley).
Recent Off-Broadway scores include THE BRIDGE PROJECT (“Cherry Orchard”/”Winter’s Tale” dir. by Sam Mendes) for BAM. THE SEAGULL (dir. by Mike Nichols), HAMLET, YHY TORTURE IS WRONG AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM, MEASURE FOR MEASURE, A WINTER’S TALE, ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA (dir. by, and starring, Vanessa Redgrave), PERICLES, TIMON OF ATHENS, TROILUS AND CRESSIDA, A COMEDY OF ERRORS, DOGEATERS, and KIT MARLOWE for the Public Theater; Music and Sound Design for: SATURN RETURNS, THE NEW CENTURY, CHAUCER IN ROME, THE TIME OF THE CUCKOO, PRIDE’S CROSSING, and THE LIGHTS for Lincoln Center Theater; WONDER OF THE WORLD and COLLECTED STORIES for the Manhattan Theater Club; SONGS FOR AN UNMADE BED (contributing composer), Paul Rudnick’s VALHALLA, LYPSINKA (A DAY IN THE LIFE), MAD FOREST (also at MTC and Berkeley Rep), LOVE AND ANGER and Athol Fugard’s MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! For New York Theatre Workshop, THE SCARLETT LETTER and THE ENTERTAINER for Classic Stage Company. Mark was the resident composer and sound designer for the Ridiculous Theatrical Company for five years.
As a musical theater composer Mark was recently commissioned by The La Jolla Playhouse to score and co-write lyrics for MOST WANTED (co-lyrics and book by Jessica Hagedorn, dir. by Michael Greif). The musical was presented by The La Jolla Playhouse in 2007.
Mark is the recipient of multiple grants from the NEA, NYFA, NYSCA, and The Mary Cary Flagler Charitable Trust. He received a 1998 OBIE for Sustained Excellence, A New York Dance and Performance (BESSIE) Award for composition, Ovation, Robbie, and Garland Awards. He has also received ten Drama Desk and two Lucille Lortel Award nominations. Mark has been a Yamaha Artist since 2002.
The 27th annual Lortel Awards, celebrating Off-Broadway work, will be presented May 6 at the 7 PM at the Skirball Center.
Representatives of the Off-Broadway League, Actors’ Equity Association, Stage Directors & Choreographers Society, the Lucille Lortel Foundation, in addition to theatre journalists and academics and other Off-Broadway professionals, serve on the Lortel Voting Committee. The Lucille Lortel Awards ceremony is produced by special arrangement with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Click here for a full list of the nominees.
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