German director Fritz Lang has inspired generations of filmmakers and storytellers. Even Lemmy from Motorhead penned "Metropolis" after seeing Lang's landmark silent science-fiction film.
Steve Busa and Red Eye have used another one of Lang's works, M, for the company's latest creator-devised work, will you still love me, tomorrow.
As in M, the Red Eye show examines the monsters that live within our society. In a city visited by hideous violence, the perpetrator ends up being just a normal looking and acting guy. Not the easy-to-identify monster everyone thought he would be.
"The 'M' character is a nice guy. He is chipper. He is the last guy you would suspect," Busa says.
That's a key theme that still resonates today. We all have our preconceptions of how a criminal should look. That often is nothing like us or the people in our community.
In fact, Busa found considerable connections between the world Lang created in 1931 and our contemporary culture. "There's a real sense of paranoia; that everyone is out to do us harm," he says.
Busa stresses that this is a play inspired by M, not an adaptation. The piece also includes allusions to real-life crime, fairy tales, and pop music. Busa worked with playwright Katharine Sherman to build the script, along with the company of actors and composer Matt Larson.
The multi-media approach still pays considerable homage to Lang's original, which was a landmark film in many ways. "It was the progenitor to film noir," Busa notes.
IF YOU GO:
will you still love me, tomorrow Friday through April 26 Red Eye 15 W. 14th St., Minneapolis $8-$25 For tickets and more information, call 612.870.0309 or visit online.