Art Star Liz Magic Laser to Direct Famous Filmic Staircase Chases on Broadway

04/26/2011 2:52 PM |

Wendy, gimme the bat. Give me the bat. Stop swinging the bat. Weeeeendy. Give me the bat.
  • “Wendy, gimme the bat. Give me the bat. Stop swinging the bat. Weeeeendy. Give me the bat.”

Last year, as part of MoMA PS1‘s quintennial local survey show Greater New York, rising art star Liz Magic Laser directed a series of performances entitled Flight—in which an ensemble of actors performed scenes from classic and recent movies in which characters are chased up or down stairs—on the front steps of the former public school. And next week she’ll be reprising the piece in Times Square.

ArtDaily reports that the Times Square Alliance commissioned Liz Magic Laser to stage the piece—which includes iconic scenes from Battleship Potemkin, M, Niagara, The Shining, American Psycho and 28 Days Later—on the glowing red staircase to nowhere at the north end of Times Square in Duffy Square. The performance schedule—with the six-actor company of Nic Grelli, Elizabeth Hodur, Liz Micek, Michael Wiener, Lia Woertendyke and Max Woertendyke—looks like so:

Tuesday, May 3 (two performances) Noon and 1 pm. (press previews)
Friday, May 6 (three performances) 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 (four performances) 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.

In her description of the project, Liz Magic Laser states:

I choreographed these episodes so that the chaser in one scene becomes the chased in the next, and the resulting performance portrays a series of fast-paced slippages where villains become victims and witnesses become perpetrators.

So don’t miss it—or do, because there are a million things to do downtown that weekend. Here’s one staircase scene surprisingly not included in Flight, as far as we know: