The world premiere of Ryan Landry's "M", legendary Boston artist Ryan Landry's inspired take on Fritz Lang's film noir masterpiece M, begins at the Huntington Theatre Company on March 29. Known for his blending of classic source material with his unique brands of comedy and imaginative theatricality, Landry (Mildred Fierce) transforms the iconic film about a city panicked by an elusive child killer into a surreal, screwball take that is both hilarious and heart-stirring. Directed by Caitlin Lowans (Turn of the Screw at Stoneham Theatre), the production's ensemble cast includes Gold Dust Orphans' regulars Larry Coen and David Drake, as well as Boston favorite Karen MacDonald (Good People and All My Sons at the Huntington) in the title role that made film actor Peter Lorre famous.
"When I first saw Ryan's work, I knew we had to figure out a way to work with him," says Artistic Director Peter DuBois. "His genre-breaking, gender-bending brand of theatre unites puppets and a classic suspense film. It won't be for the faint of heart, but it will be amazing. I am as excited as anyone to see what happens." Hear more from Peter DuBois about the production at huntingtontheatre.org/peter-m/.
Landry is the founder of the Gold Dust Orphans and the creative force behind such acclaimed reimaginings of classics including Mildred Fierce, Death of a Saleslady, Pussy on the House, A T-Stop Named Denial, and The Little Pricks. "With Ryan Landry, perversity and hilarity go skipping along hand in hand," says Boston.com.
"I'm always interested in exploring the Bizzaro universes that run parallel to masterpieces," says Landry, "and so in the case of M, my answer was to wedge a very 1930s romantic comedy right into the middle of the thriller. Working at the Huntington, I've taken the opportunity to really challenge myself and to enjoy the great talent and resources the organization offers. I've tried to take the road never traveled and offer the audience some surprises."