Center Stage books Bogosian for Off Center

November 16, 1994|By J. Wynn Rousuck | J. Wynn Rousuck,Sun Theater Critic

Acclaimed monologuist Eric Bogosian will inaugurate Center Stage's 1995 Off Center performance series in January with his newest one-man show, "Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead."

Originally scheduled to come to Center Stage last April, Bogosian postponed his appearance because he had two shows running back to back in New York, said series curator Jill Rachel Morris.

Described by the New York Times as "a collection of Mr. Bogosian's antic modern men who have the habit of eating themselves up from the inside," the Obie Award-winning "Pounding Nails" features portrayals of a dozen characters, ranging from a mercenary therapist to an enraged drug dealer. It will be presented in the Pearlstone Theater Jan. 27 and 28.

"He's one of the original downtown New York art-scene ranters, and he now finds himself a relatively clean-living husband and father. In 'Pounding Nails' he lashes out at those diametrically opposed forces in his soul," Morris said. "Bogosian makes his point by dancing on the knife edge where high tragedy gives rise to higher comedy."

"Pounding Nails" is Bogosian's fifth collection of monologues. Other credits include starring in and co-writing the Oliver Stone film, "Talk Radio." He is currently filming "Dark Territory," an action movie in which he co-stars with Steven Seagal. On Dec. 10 he will be seen in Paul Schrader's "Witchhunt" on HBO.

Bogosian previously appeared here in 1991 when he performed his solo piece, "Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll," at the Baltimore Museum of Art. At the time, he said of the people he portrays, "Almost every one of my characters is off center, lacking some kind of spiritual center and seeking some way to fill the hole." It's a description well suited to a series titled "Off Center."

Tickets to "Pounding Nails" are $15 to $30 and go on sale Nov. 25 at noon.

Two other Off Center presentations are expected to be announced later. Unlike last season, the 1995 series is not being offered on a subscription basis. For information call (410) 332-0033.

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