The Knockdown Center is preparing to welcome Chicago-based performance company “Every house has a door” to present the New York premiere of their piece “The Three Matadors” in Maspeth this weekend.
“The Three Matadors” is a short, bilingual (English and Spanish) play in the book-length poem The Presentable Art of Reading Absence (2008) by the American poet Jay Wright.
As a theater company, Lin Hixson, director; and Matthew Goulish, dramaturg — who comprise “Every house has a door” — is interested in stories that historically have been neglected on stage. Since “The Three Matadors” has never before been staged, it made the perfect fit for the company.
The script of the play incorporates Wright’s words exactly as they are written, including the stage directions and a bracketing selection of the poetry.
The show’s choreography, directed by Hixson, takes place in a circular arena bisected by a long table, and alternates between “mathematical pattern permutations and intricate movements derived from bullfighting maneuvers, while the language oscillates between the speech of the matadors and the voice of the poetry.”
Aside from Hixson and Goulish, “The Three Matadors” also features Sebastián Calderón Bentin, Stephen Fiehn, Tim Kinsella, and Anna Martine Whitehead.
“The Three Matadors” will be performed at the Knockdown Center, located at 59-12 Flushing Ave., on Oct. 6-8 starting at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m. each night. Prices are $15 in advance, and $20 at the door.