David Greenspan will portray 66 different roles in his solo version of Gertrude Stein's Four Saints in Three Acts, which will begin previews September 15 at the Target Margin Theater prior to an official opening September 19. Performances will continue through October 9. The show is produced by the Lucille Lortel Theatre.
The work is the final offering in Greenspan’s trilogy of solo interpretations, which include Barry Connors' The Patsy (revived in 2022 at The Off-Broadway Transport Group) and the six-hour drama Strange Interlude by Eugene O'Neill.
Originally created in 1928 as an opera with musical by Virgil Thomson, Greenspan will perform only the script of Four Saints in Three Acts. The play is said to have "no discernible plot" and follows the saints as they use language and expressions to depict the human experience.
"I am convinced that the script itself for Four Saints in Three Acts has theatrical merit and that performing it without the music will bring out its unheard nuances and subtleties, both dramatic and comedic,” says Greenspan.
Director Ken Rus Schmoll adds, "Four Saints in Three Acts is an opportunity to release yourself from the boundaries of traditional theatre through David Greenspan grappling with the singular theatrical imagination of Gertrude Stein. By turns hilarious, absurd, and introspective, this work takes you on an unexpected ride via language and through human experience."
The production also has dramaturgy by Jay Stull and scenic and lighting design by Yuki Nakase Link, with support from Target Margin Theater. The production stage manager is Michal V. Mendelson, and the production manager is William Adams.