World/Inferno Friendship Society presents ‘Addicted to Bad Ideas’

Music News | Nov 25th, 2008

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Co-conceived and Directed by Jay Scheib Multi-media punk rock theater extravaganza to make NYC premiere at Webster Hall on January 9, 2009!

ArKtype, led by producer Thomas O. Kriegsmann, is thrilled to announce the NYC premiere of a hybrid punk rock multi-media theater event following the work s highly acclaimed US and European premieres. Brooklyn punk legends World/Inferno Friendship Society (WIFS) join forces with visionary director Jay Scheib (Untitled MARS This Title May Change, Performance Space 122; This Place is a Desert, Under The Radar 08), one of contemporary theater s brightest young visionaries, to create a punk-rock operetta for the times.

Continuing the charge in the evolution of hybrid performance genres via the ultimate 20th century archetype of alienation, Peter Lorre, WIFS dedicate a furious song cycle following Lorre s enigmatic existence from formative days alongside Wedekind and Brecht through the cycle of World Wars to a pitiless fall from grace in the drug-infused quagmire of Hollywood vines.

Led by the inimitable Jack Terricloth, WIFS paints a picture of the twentieth century from the perennial outsider s view via a multi-media spectacle recreating key motion picture sequences mixed with live interactive video. The concert performance marks an unprecedented fusion of one of today s best live acts with real time performance media. Following the world premiere in fall 2007 at World Caf Live in conjunction with the Chunksaah Records release of the recorded song cycle produced by Don Fury, the U.S. pre-eminent progressive punk band brings their unique vision from the concert halls to the stage for the first time.

ADDICTED TO BAD IDEAS: Peter Lorre s 20th Century will play for ONE performance only, January 9th @ Webster Hall, doors at 8PM, show at 9PM. The premiere will be followed by a full set of music by WIFS. Tickets are available through all Ticketmaster and Bowery Presents outlets (Mercury Lounge & Music Hall of Williamsburg) and at the Public Theater Box Office.


Jack Terricloth Vocals
Sandra Malak – Bass/Vocals
Lucky Strano Guitar
Peter Hess – Tenor Saxophone
Ken Thomson – Baritone Saxophone
Raja Najib Azar Piano
Brian Viglione – Drums
Maura Corrigan Alto Saxophone

Music and Libretto by World/Inferno Friendship Society
Co-Conceived and Directed by Jay Scheib
Produced by ArKtype / Thomas O. Kriegsmann
Additional Text by Jay Scheib
Lighting Design by Caleb Wertenbaker
Video Design by Jay Scheib & Keith Skretch
Assistant Director Caleb Hammond
Production Manager Caleb Wertenbaker
Company / Band Manager Greg Daly

This project was created with a commission and residency from Peak Performances @ Montclair, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, Jedediah Wheeler, Executive Director; and developed in partnership with Live Arts Festival 2007, Philadelphia, PA