Next up this season PlayCo joins forces with the award-winning, adventurous Ars Nova and Brooklyn-based indie-rock band Sky-Pony on a new rock-theater-event, directed by Tony nominee Sam Buntrock (Sunday in the Park with George, Turn of the Screw). Some of you may have caught PlayCo’s 2012 workshop production of this Sky-Pony rock fairy tale, now titled The Wildness. So much has happened with the show since then and we can’t wait to share it with you.
Sky-Pony is a collaboration between singer/actress Lauren Worsham, a Drama Desk winner and Tony nominee, (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Dog Days, Turn of the Screw) and her musician/writer husband Kyle Jarrow (OBIE winner, A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant), beloved for its high energy performance style. Sky-Pony released their debut record Beautiful Monster last week which was described by Nancy Dunham at The Village Voice as “a lesson in variability,” in which “Each individual tune is similar to a one-act play in structure and performance”.
In an interview for Huffington Post Kyle Jarrow spoke a little about it. “We’ve been describing it to people as ‘dark art pop.’ It combines lush, poppy arrangements–lots of strings–with slightly twisted subject matter. To give you a sense: lead single “The Watcher” is an ode from a stalker to her stalkee; the title track “Beautiful Monster” lays out a jealous lover’s totally unhinged ultimatums; “Rapture” explores a loss of faith; and the record ends with “Everyone Will Die,” an anthem to the one inevitable fact of life … It was also important to us that we touched some real emotional places on the album. In songs like “Seems So Strange” and “Run Away,” we shoot for the heart. Our hope is we’ve made a record with a varied, evocative set of songs… the soundtrack to a crazy carnival party with some genuinely twisted guests.”
Last Friday, December 4, Sky-Pony celebrated the record release with a jam-packed show at Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory and as you can see it was an incredible theatrical event.
Photos from Sky-Pony’s record release show on 12/04 at Knitting Factory Brooklyn