Elevator Repair Service’s political riff Arguendo—which retells a 1991 Supreme Court case about exotic dancers, public nudity and the First Amendment—has extended its world premiere run at the Public Theater. The John Collins-directed show, which began performances on September 10 and opens on September 24, will now run through October 13 rather than the previously announced closing date of October 6.
Maggie Hoffman, Mike Iveson, Vin Knight, Susie Sokol and Ben Williams star as an array of Supreme Court justices, court reporters, lawyers and exotic dancers in the playful performance piece, which tackles the 1991 case Barnes v. Glen Theatre. In the pivotal case, a group of dancers challenge a state ban on public nudity, claiming an infringement of their First Amendment rights. Oral arguments from the case are staged in conjunction with an innovative projection design by visual artist Ben Rubin.
Arguendo features set design by David Zinn, lighting by Mark Barton, costumes by Jacob A. Climer and sound design by Matt Tierney.