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COMPLETE LIST OF PLAYS

OLD-FASHIONED PROSTITUTES
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Co-produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater and the Public Theater.  Presented at the Public Theater, New York, New York, April 30 – June 2, 2013.

THE IDIOT SAVANT
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Co-produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater and the Public Theater.  Presented at the Public Theater, New York, New York, October 27 – December 20, 2009.

ASTRONOME: a night at the opera
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, February 5 – April 5, 2009.

DEEP TRANCE BEHAVIOR IN POTATOLAND
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 17 – April 27, 2008.

WAKE UP MR. SLEEPY: Your Unconscious Mind Is Dead
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 18 – April 15, 2007.

WHAT TO WEAR
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Music by Michael Gordon. Produced by the Center for New Performance at CalArts in association with CalArts New Century Players.  Presented at the REDCAT Theater, Los Angeles, September 20 – October 1, 2006.

ZOMBOID! Film/Performance Project #1
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 8 – April 9, 2006.

THE GODS ARE POUNDING MY HEAD
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 6 – April 20, 2005.

KING COWBOY RUFUS RULES THE UNIVERSE
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 8 – April 18, 2004.

PANIC! HOW TO BE HAPPY
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 9 – April 13, 2003. (Toured Vienna and Zurich festivals)

MARIA DEL BOSCO
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, December 26, 2001 – April 14, 2002. (Toured Singapore)

NOW THAT COMMUNISM IS DEAD MY LIFE FEELS EMPTY
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 4 – April 29, 2001. (Toured Vienna and Holland festivals)

BAD BOY NIETSCHE
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 27, 2000 – April 30, 2000. (Toured Brussels, Berlin and Tokyo)

PARADISE HOTEL
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 2, 1999 – April 18, 1999; and Theater das Welt Berlin '99. (Toured Paris, Copenhagen, Salzburg and Berlin)

BENITA CANOVA
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 8, 1998 – April 5, 1998.

PEARLS FOR PIGS
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Hartford Stage Company and International Production Associates. (Toured to Montreal Festival, Festival d’Automne a Paris & Rome, Freund Playhouse, Los Angeles and Tribeca Arts Center, NYC. 1997). (Hartford Stage Co and International Productions Associates)

PERMANENT BRAIN DAMAGE
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater.  Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, November 21. 1996 – March 9, 1997. (Toured Meltdown Festival London)

THE UNIVERSE
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, December 28, 1995 – March 31, 1996.

I'VE GO THE SHAKES!
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 5 – April 9, 1995.

MY HEAD WAS A SLEDGEHAMMER
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 16 – March 27, 1994.

SAMUEL’S MAJOR PROBLEMS
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 6 – March 7, 1993.

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
A new, reconceived version of the opera originally produced by American Repertory Theater. Based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe, directed and designed by Richard Foreman, music by Philip Glass, with libretto by Arthur Yorinks. Presented at Teatro Communale, Florence, Italy in May, 1992.

THE MIND KING
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented at the Ontological at St. Mark’s Theater, New York, New York, January 9 – March 1, 1992.

DON GIOVANNI
Richard Foreman designed and directed a production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni for the Opera de Lille, France. Premiere date: May 31st, 1991.

EDDIE GOES TO POETRY CITY (Part 2)
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Produced by Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented at La Mama Annex, New York, New York, April 3-28, 1991.

EDDIE GOES TO POETRY CITY (Part 1)
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. A co-production of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and New City/Theater Zero, presented at the New City Theater, Seattle, Washington, October 10-28, 1990.

LOVE & SCIENCE
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman, with music by Stanley Silverman. Produced by the Music-Theater Group in association with the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Performed at Citizens Hall, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, through July 28, 1990.

WOYZECK
One act play by Georg Buchner, translated by Henry J. Schmidt, designed and directed by Richard Foreman. Produced by the Hartford Stage Company, Hartford, Connecticut. Presented February 16 through March 17, 1990.

LAVA
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman; a co-production of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and The Wooster Group. Presented at The Performing Garage, New York City, December 5, 1989 through January 15, 1990.

WHERE’S DICK?
A two-act American opera, designed and directed by Richard Foreman, music by Stewart Wallace with libretto by Michael Korie. Produced by the Houston Grand Opera and presented in Houston, from May 24 through June 3, 1989.

WHAT DID HE SEE?
Written and directed by Richard Foreman; a co-production of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and Joseph Papp/New York Public Theater. Presented at the Public Theater, October 11 through December 4, 1988 (64 performances).

THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
An opera based on the story by Edgar Allen Poe, directed and designed by Richard Foreman, music by Philip Glass, with libretto by Arthur Yorinks. Produced by the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA. Presented May 13 through July 17, 1988 (30 performances), and by the Louisville Opera, KY, on May 29 and 31, and June 2 and 4, 1988.

SYMPHONY OF RATS
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman; a co-production of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and The Wooster Group. Presented at The Performing Garage, New York City, January 6th through February 14, and extended through February 21, 1988.

LOVE AND SCIENCE
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman. Presented at the Theater Aurora, Stockholm, Sweden. Opened September 4, 1987 for a 8+ week run.

FILM IS EVIL: RADIO IS GOOD
Written and directed by Richard Foreman; a co-production of the New York University/Tisch School of the Arts Undergraduate Drama and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Presented on Mainstage I, April 29th through June 7th, 1987. Included 14 minute black and white film, “Radio Rick in Heaven and Radio Richard in Hell.” Richard Foreman was awarded a Village Voice OBIE for Best New Play (jointly with The Cure) for this production.

END OF THE WORLD WITH SYMPOSIUM TO FOLLOW
Written by Arthur Kopit; directed by Richard Foreman. At the American Repertory Theater, Cambridge, MA, February 3rd through March 14th, 1987.

THE CURE
Written, directed, designed and musically scored by Richard Foreman. At The Performing Garage, May 18th through July 31, 1986.

LARGO DESOLATO
By Vaclav Havel, directed by Richard Foreman, with scenery by Nancy Winters and Richard Foreman, and costumes by Lindsay W. Davis. A New York Shakespeare Festival production presented in LuEster Hall at the Public Theater, March 3 – April 16, 1986.

AFRICANIS INSTRUCTUS
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman, with music by Stanley Silverman. Presented by the Music-Theater Group/Lenox Art Center at St. Clements, New York City, January 14 through February 15, 1986.

THE BIRTH OF THE POET
Libretto by Kathy Acker, directed by Richard Foreman, with scenery and costume by David Salle and music by Peter Gordon. Presented by the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s NEXT WAVE FESTIVAL in the Opera House, December 3-8, 1985; presented by the RO Theater, Rotterdam, April 12 through May 6, 1984.

MISS UNIVERSAL HAPPINESS
Written, directed, designed and scored by Richard Foreman and performed by the members of The Wooster Group. A co-production of Ontological-Hysteric Theater and The Wooster Group at The Performing Garage, New York, May 14 through June 22, 1985.

MA MORT, MA VIE, DE PIER PAOLO PASOLINI
By Kathy Acker, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Presented by the Theater de la Bastille, Paris, February 5 through March 3, 1985, following tour to Lille, Bordeaux, Prato and Bari.

THE GOLEM
By H. Leivick, adapted, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Presented by The New York Shakespeare Festival at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, August 3 through September 2, 1984.

DR SELAVY’S MAGIC THEATER
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman; music by Stanley Silverman. A revival presented at the Music-Theater Group/Lenox Art Center at St. Clements, New York City, January 24 through February 18, 1984. Originally presented by MTG/LAC in 1972-73.

LA ROBE DE CHAMBRE DE GEORGES BATAILLE
Written, directed and designed by Richard Foreman. Presented at the Theater de Gennevilliers, Paris, France, from September 27 through October 29, 1983.

EGYPTOLOGY (MY HEAD WAS A SLEDGEHAMMER)
Produced by the New York Shakespeare Festival/Joseph Papp, presented at the Public Theater, New York City, an 8 week run starting May 3, 1983.

DIE FLEDERMAUS
The Straus opera, designed and directed by Richard Foreman, produced and presented at the Paris Opera, Paris, France, February, 1983.

DR. FAUSTUS LIGHTS THE LIGHTS
Gertrude Stein’s work, in a new translation by Marie-Claire Pasquier, a co-production with the Festival d’Automne, presented in Germany and France, Fall, 1982.

DON JUAN
Moliere’s DON JUAN, remounted by Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival (with some of the same cast as in Minneapolis the previous season) presented at the Delacorte Theater, Central Park, New York City, June 25 through July 25, 1982.

THREE ACTS OF RECOGNITION
By Botho Strauss (“Trilogy”), designed and directed by Richard Foreman, produced by Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival at the Public Theater, New York City. An 8 week run starting March, 1982.

CAFE AMERIQUE
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman.
            Theater de Gennevilliers, Paris, October 6-31, 1981
            Theater National de Strasbourg, November 5-10
            Maison de la Culture, Grenoble, November 13-14
            Theater de la City, Villeurbanne, November 18-20
            Teatro Nuovo, Turin, November 25-29
            Nouveau Theater de Nice, December 2-5
            Mickery Theater, Amsterdam, December 10-15

DON JUAN
Moliere’s DON JUAN, designed and directed by Richard Foreman, presented at the Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, MN June 13 to September, 1981.

PENGUIN TOUQUET
Produced by Joseph Papp/New York Shakespeare Festival and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, at the Public Theater, New York City, January 22 through February 15, 1981.

MADAME ADARE
One act opera, libretto by Richard Foreman, music by Stanley Silverman, directed by Foreman and presented by the New York City Opera, October, 1980.

LUOGO + BERSAGLIO  (PLACE + TARGET)
            Teatro Piramide, via Benzoni 51, Rome, Italy
            December 14, 1979 – January 5, 1980
            CRT, Milan, Italy, January 8 – 13, 1980
            Cabaret Voltaire, Torino, Italy, January 16-20, 1980

MADNESS AND TRANQUILITY (MY HEAD WAS A SLEDGEHAMMER)
Presented in open rehearsals by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 491 Broadway, New York City, January – April, 1979. Production canceled.

STRONG MEDICINE
(A feature film.) Produced by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, June – August, 1978. Color, 16mm. (Finished in 1979.)

STAGES
Opened at the Belasco Theater on March 9, 1978; written by Stuart Ostrow, directed by Richard Foreman, starring Jack Warden.

BLVD. DE PARIS: I’VE GOT THE SHAKES
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 491 Broadway, New York City, January – April, 1977.

CITY ARCHIVES
(A 30 minute video play) Produced jointly by the Walker Arts Center (Minneapolis) and the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, June 1977.

BOOK OF SPLENDORS; PART II (BOOK OF LEAVES) ACTION AT A DISTANCE
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 491 Broadway, New York City, January – April, 1977.

LIVRE DES SPLENDEURS
Produced by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater for the Festival d’Automne a Paris at Les Bouffes du Nord, Paris, France, September through October, 1976.

THREE PENNY OPERA
Presented at the Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, New York City, directed by Richard Foreman, music by Kurt Weill, based on the book by Brecht. April – December, 1976.

RHODA IN POTATOLAND
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, 491 Broadway, New York City, December 1975 – February, 1976.

PANDERING TO THE MASSES: A MISREPRESENTATION
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at its new theater at 491 Broadway, New York City, January – March 1975.

HOTEL FOR CRIMINALS
With music by Stanley Silverman. Commissioned by the National Opera Foundation. Presented by Lyn Austin at the Lenox Art Center, Lenox, MA, August, 1974. A second production was presented by the Music Performance Group at the Exchange Theater, 155 Bank Street, New York City, January, 1975.

PAIN(T) and VERTICAL MOBILITY
Presented in repertory by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at 141 Wooster Street, New York City, April – May, 1974.

CLASSICAL THERAPY or A WEEK UNDER THE INFLUENCE...
Produced by the Festival d’Automne a Paris at the Theater Recamier, Paris, France, September – October, 1973.

PARTICLE THEORY
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at Theater for a New City, Jane Street, New York City, April – May, 1973.

DR. SELAVY’S MAGIC THEATER
with music by Stanley Silverman
Presented by Lyn Austin at the Lenox Art Center, Lenox, MA, July – August, 1972. A second production was presented at the Mercer-O’Casey Theater, New York City, November 1972 – April 1973.

HONOR
Originally entitled DAILY LIFE, one scene was presented by the Playwright’s Cooperative at the Cubiculo Theater, New York City, May, 1973.

SOPHIA = (WISDOM): PART 3: THE CLIFFS
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at the Cinematheque, New York City, December 1972 – January 1973. Foreman received a second OBIE in 1973 for his work with the Ontological-Hysteric Theater.

EVIDENCE
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at Theater for a New City, 155 Bank Street, New York City, April 1972.

HCOHTIENLA or HOTEL CHINA: PARTS 1 & 2
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at the Cinematheque, New York City, December 1971 – January 1972.

DREAM TANTRAS FOR WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
With music by Stanley Silverman. Presented by Lyn Austin and Oliver Smith at the Lenox Arts Center, Lenox, MA, August 1971.

TOTAL RECALL (SOPHIA = WISDOM: PART TWO)
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at the Cinematheque, New York City, December 1970 – January 1971.

REAL MAGIC IN NEW YORK
With music by Stephen Dickman. Concert production at the Cinematheque, New York City, May 1970.

IDA-EYED
Presented at the New Dramatists’ Workshop, New York City, May 1969.

ELEPHANT STEPS
With music by Stanley Silverman. Commissioned by the Fromm Music Foundation and presented at the Berkshire Music Festival, Tanglewood, MA, July – August, 1968. Second production at Hunter College Opera Theater, New York City, April 1970. Foreman received a Village Voice OBIE as author/director of this production.

ANGELFACE
Presented by the Ontological-Hysteric Theater at Jonas Mekas’ Cinematheque, 80 Wooster Street, New York City, April 1968.

 

MUSIC-THEATER WORKS BY RICHARD FOREMAN AND STANLEY SILVERMAN

LOVE & SCIENCE
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman, with music by Stanley Silverman. Produced by the Music-Theater Group in association with the Ontological-Hysteric Theater. Performed at Citizens Hall, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, through July 28, 1990.

AFRICANIS INSTRUCTUS
Written, designed and directed by Richard Foreman; music by Stanley Silverman. Music-Theater Group/Lenox Art Center, at St. Clements, New York City, January 14-February 15, 1986.

MADAME ADARE
One-act opera, libretto by R. Foreman; music by Stanley Silverman; directed by Foreman; presented by the New York City Opera, October, 1980.

HOTEL FOR CRIMINALS
Music Theater Laboratory, Lenox Art Center, 1974.

DR. SELAVY’S MAGIC THEATER
Music Theater Laboratory/Lenox Art Center, 1972.

DREAM TANTRAS FOR WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
Lenox Art Center, 1971

ELEPHANT STEPS
Berkshire Music Festival, 1968