Monday, September 03, 2012


HADRIAN is making his New York Off-Broadway stage debut in an ambitious new play with lavish sets that traces his life with elements of Greek drama and dark comedy—his anguished love, lofty ideals, and his big, famous wall.

OPEN UP, HADRIAN will be playing at Brooklyn's Magic Futurebox (55 33rd St. 4th Floor, Brooklyn 11232) from September 13th to September 30, 2012. 

Written byJavierantonio González and directed by Meiyin Wang, Open up, Hadrian is an immersive promenade production that jumps more than 2,000 years and 20,000 square feet, transforming the Sunset Park warehouse into Ancient Rome by way of an excavated film set not so long abandoned.

In the years between the fall of the gods and the rise of Jesus, Hadrian emerged as Rome's most philosophical emperor, caught in the midst of two bloody wars of expansion. He loved poetry, theatre, and all things Greek. He was also gay.

Open up, Hadrian is described as "an irreverent and contemporary play that looks back to a world 2,000 years younger and reads it variously as the nadir of imperial exploitation, a hotbed of radical political thought, a renaissance of engineering, and a raunchily naïve adolescent sex party."