My Name Is Gideon Set to Open at Walkerspace
Gideon Irving makes his U.S. stage debut this fall with his latest musical solo show.
Gideon Irving makes his American stage debut with his new solo show, My Name Is Gideon: I'm Probably Going To Die, Eventually, opening October 6 at Walkerspace. Previews begin September 29 for a limited engagement running through October 30. The show is produced by All for One in association with Richard Jordan Productions and The Pleasance.
The show is described as follows: "My Name Is Gideon: I'm Probably Going To Die, Eventually has been developed over the course of 500 performances in living rooms around the world. The resulting theatrical excursion in storytelling is rooted in song and surprise, featuring more than 15 instruments – among them, the banjo, bouzouki, waterphone, shruti box, mbira, whirly tube and scacciapensieri. Gideon's expedition continues as he looks for a new place to stay each night, relying on this audiences' hospitality."
Irving was first introduced to New York audiences in the winter of 2015 when he performed Living Here, commissioned and produced by the Foundry Theatre. That tour covered 45 homes across the five boroughs, and was Gideon's first foray into a more established theatrical context.
"The heart of what I do has emerged from playing in people's homes," Irving says. "The show, the music, the communion, the travel, and the relationships are all interwoven. The challenge and the joy of bringing my show into a theater is in discovering how to maintain and play with that intimacy I've found around the hearth."
The creative team includes artistic consultant Ewen Wright, scenic designer Silvosky Studios, lighting designer Stephen Terry, and costume designer Alice Tavener. Casey Alexander Smith serves as property master.