RoosevElvis | the TEAM | Almeida Theatre, London


Created by the TEAM
Mon 9 Jul 2012 - Thu 12 Jul 2012

An enormous man strides through western landscapes in a place called “the Badlands.” His dead wife visits him at night in fever dreams. And somewhere else, warmer and decades into the future, in a place called “Graceland,” another man lies facedown on a toilet. They speak American. They happen to be played by women.

This is RoosevElvis, a new work-in-progress by New York ensemble, the TEAM, which will premiere in 2013 in co-production with the Gate Theatre and Brooklyn’s Bushwick Starr.

RoosevElvis is a scratch performance followed by a Question and Answer session with the company.

Read what the Press have to say about The TEAM

“Enthralling and infuriating, funny and tragic, intelligent and downright lunatic – it is impossible to have a simple response to this extraordinary production.”
The Telegraph on Architecting

“What a blast. Economics has never been more playfully dissected…The company fulfil all their much-hyped promise in this gorgeous, gaudy musical.”
The Guardian on Mission Drift

“It’s impossible in so short a space to do justice to the intricate textures, the wit and the wisdom, of a show that seems to come from somewhere deep inside its cast.”
The Telegraph on Mission Drift



The TEAM is the Theatre of the Emerging American Moment. The New York City-based company was founded in 2004 by a group of 6 NYU alumni, and has since grown to 13 core members. The company have performed extensively in both America and internationally including at the Barbican, BAC, Bristol Old Vic, and at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre. Their past works include: Faster, Give Up! Start Over, A Thousand Natural Shocks, HOWL, Particularly in the Heartland, Architecting, and Mission Drift. Receiving extensive praise for their plays the TEAM are Four-time winners of the Scotsman Fringe First Award, Winner of the 2011 Herald Angel, the 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize and the 2008 Edinburgh Total Theatre Award.

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Rachel Chavkin

Rachel Chavkin is an Obie Award-winning director, educator, and the founding Artistic Director of the TEAM. With the TEAM Rachel has directed/co-authored Mission Drift, a new musical, (Winner 2011 Edinburgh International Festival Fringe Prize, Scotsman Fringe First, Herald Angel, Best of 2011 The Guardian), Architecting (co-produced by the National Theatre of Scotland, Winner 2008 Scotsman Fringe First, Top Ten 2009 Portugal's Publico), Particularly in the Heartland (Top Ten 2007, Time Out New York, Winner 2006 Scotsman Fringe First).  Rachel is a NYTW Usual Suspect, an Artistic Associate at Classic Stage Company, an alum of Soho Rep's Writer/Director Lab, the Drama League Directors Project, the Women’s Project Director’s Lab, and a New Georges Affiliate Artist. She teaches directing & performance at Playwrights Horizons Theater School within NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. B.F.A. NYU, M.F.A. Columbia.

Theatre includes: Three Pianos (A.R.T., NYTW); Ontological Incubator Series; Acquainted with the Night and Wonder (NYU Grad Acting); the Agee/Evans Project (working title) created with playwright Molly Rice and composer Stephanie Johnstone (Pace University Workshop and Montclair State University residency); Canary, a bluegrass musical by Molly Rice with music by Molly Rice and Ray Rizzo (Rattlestick DirtyWorks June, 2008); collaborations with playwright/performer/activist Taylor Mac including his extravaganza The Lily’s Revenge (Act II) (HERE Arts Center, 2010 Obie Award) and Peace, co-written by Mac and Chavkin (Workshop, HERE Arts Center, 2007). She has also directed All the Great Books (Abridged) by the Reduced Shakespeare Company(Hangar Theatre), Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya (Classic Stage Company), and the NYC revival of Kurt Vonnegut’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June.

Matthew Hubbs

Matthew has designed for Mission Drift, Architecting, Particularly in the Heartland, and a Thousand Natural Shocks with the TEAM. He has also recently worked on How We Got On, Death Tax, and Devil at Noon for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. He has also toured with SITI Company and the Rachel’s band. He received his BA in Philosophy as a University Scholar at Xavier University.

Theatre includes: Three Pianos (New York Theatre Workshop and American Repertory Theate); The Human Scale (Public Theater); Telephone (Foundry Theatre); 100 Saints You Should Know (Playwrights Horizons); Hammock, The Matter of Origins: Tea, Blueprints of Relentless Nature and 613 Radical Acts of Prayer (Liz Lerman Dance Exchange). 

Jake Margolin
Assistant Director/Choreographer

As a member of The TEAM Jake has created and performed in four plays which have toured throughout North America, the UK and Europe: Mission Drift, Architecting, Particularly In The Heartland, and Howl. Jake creates installation art with his husband Nick Vaughan. Nick and Jake presented Preparations for a Marriage in Pittsburgh in 2007, created the environment for Pavel Zustiak's S(even), created an installation for Yoshiko Chuma’s Shredded (NYC 2011), and are developing A Marriage: 1 (SUBURBIA) as HARP artists at the HERE Arts Center, NYC.

Dave Polato

Production Stage Manager
Dave is the Production Stage Manager and a company member for the TEAM. He has toured and developed Particularly in the Heartland, Architecting and Mission Drift. He trained on the University of Rochester International Theatre Program.

Credits include: 3 Pianos (ART); Under Construction, Who Do You Think You Are (SITI Company); Hell Meets Henry Halfway (Pig Iron); Othello (The Public); Blasted (Soho Rep).


Kristen Sieh
Teddy Roosevelt

Kristen is a founding member of the TEAM. With the company she has created roles in Architecting, Particularly in the Heartleand (Best actress nomination, Dublin Fringe), A Thousand Natural Shocks, and Howl, and was a collaborating writer on Mission Drift. Outside of The TEAM, Kristen has developed work and performed extensively in New York, nationally, and internationally with Elevator Repair Service (Gatz, The Sound and the Fury and Shuffle), Banana, Bag & Bodice (Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage), The Builders Association (Jet Lag), The Riot Group, The New Group, The Women's Project, Tim Crouch, Taylor Mac and many others. Most recently, she played Carson McCullers in the new musical February House at New York's Public Theater. Kristen received her B.F.A from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.

Television includes: Boardwalk Empire; Law and Order 

Libby King

Libby has been a member of the TEAM since 2006. With the TEAM Libby has created the roles of Catalina (Mission Drift), Carrie Campbell (Architecting), and Sarah Springer (Particularly in the Heartland).  Libby recently performed in 27, a new play by Abi Morgan, a co-production between National Theatre of Scotland and the Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. Libby received her MFA in Acting from Louisiana State University and teaches at NYU.

Theatre includes: God's Waiting Room (PS122); Carla and Lewis (the Ontological); Uncle Vanya (CSC); The Blind (CSC); Death of a Salesman (co production between SITI Company and Swine Palace Productions); Two Gentleman of Verona (Swine Palace Productions); Killer Joe (MFA thesis). 

 Film includes: short film B.U.S.T (Special Jury Prize, 2010 Dallas International Film Festival). 

Evening performances 9, 10, 11 and 12 July at 7.30pm

Running time is approximately 45 minutes.

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