Directed by Rachel Chavkin, actresses Libby King and Kristen Sieh take on Theodore Roosevelt and Elvis Presley, on stage and in film, in the latest from internationally lauded company, the TEAM.
On a hallucinatory road trip from the Badlands to Graceland, the spirits of Elvis Presley and Theodore Roosevelt battle over the soul of Ann, a painfully shy meat-processing worker, and what kind of man or woman she should become. Set against the boundless blue skies of the Great Plains and endless American highway, RoosevElvis is a new work about gender, appetite, and the multitudes each of us contain.
RoosevElvis marks the first-ever world premiere of the TEAM’s work in the U.S., and the company’s first performances in New York since 2012’s Mission Drift, their American capitalism musical that recently completed a widely-praised month-long run at the National Theatre in London.
Featuring Libby King (Laramie Project revival, BAM) and Kristen Sieh (February House), RoosevElvis was collaboratively created by director Rachel Chavkin (2012 Obie Award and Drama Desk Nom. for Best Direction, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812; 2010 Obie Award, Three Pianos), Associate Director Jake Margolin (A Marriage: 1 (Suburbia)), and performers King and Sieh. Scenic design by Nick Vaughan, lighting and video design by Joe Cantalupo, sound design by Matt Hubbs (Telephone), costume design by Kristen Sieh.
Additionally, RoosevElvis has a discrete video component, created by video and performance artist Andrew Schneider (Wooster Group) in collaboration with the TEAM, which will screen online in conjunction with the play’s premiere. Filmed on location for 8 days from North Dakota to Tennessee, the film tracks Teddy and Elvis’ surreal road trip from the Badlands to Graceland.