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Lia Chang: Mark Bennett Receives Lucille Lortel Nomination for Outstanding Sound Design for An Iliad

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.

Lia Chang and Mark Bennett

Lia Chang and Mark Bennett

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 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.

Tickets may be purchased online at or by phone at Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or at the NYTW box office.

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.

Other articles by Lia Chang:
Photos: BD Wong, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tom Viola at Rosie’s Theater Kids Benefit
Photos: BD Wong in Rehearsal for “Passing It On: An Evening of Mentorship to Benefit Rosie’s Theater Kids”
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (3pm) with Andre Bishop, Mary Beth Hurt, Jennifer Lim, Angela Lin, Philip Kan Gotanda, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Richard Thomas, Jay O. Sanders, and more
Photos: Highlights of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan (8pm) with Oskar Eustis, Patti LuPone, Lisa Emery, Ann Harada, Paolo Montalban, Thom Sesma, Sab Shimono, Henry Stram, Richard Thomas, John Weidman and more
Photos: In Rehearsal with Director Bartlett Sher and the cast of Shinsai: Theaters for Japan
Thom Sesma, Patti LuPone, Cindy Cheung, Jennifer Lim, Sab Shimono, James Yaegashi and more set for Shinsai: Theaters for Japan Benefit on March 11 at the Great Hall at Cooper Union in New York
David Henry Hwang to Receive 2012 William Inge Distinguished Achievement in the American Theatre Award
Photos: Yellow Fever Playwright Rick Shiomi Explores New Territory with An All-Female Cast
Orville Mendoza Joins the Broadway Cast of Peter and the Starcatcher, Previews Begin March 28 at the Brooks Atkinson
Photos: Laila Robins, Sean Dugan, C.J. Wilson, Peter Francis James, Bill Irwin and Tricia Paoluccio at Signature Theatre Company’s revival of Edward Albee’s The Lady From Dubuque
Photos: “How To Succeed” stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rose Hemingway and John Larroquette at Lord & Taylor for Windows Unveiling
Multimedia: Promises, Promises’ Stars Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes at Lord & Taylor Fifth Ave Photo Flash: Library of Congress’ IN REHEARSAL Exhibit
Photos: David Duchovny, John Earl Jelks, Amanda Peet, Tracee Chimo at Opening Night Party of Neil LaBute’s Break of Noon
Click here for the Lia Chang Articles Archive and here for the Lia Chang Photography Website.

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist.
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