In an interview with the New York Times 20 years ago, Susan Sontag remarked, “All my work says be serious, be passionate, wake up.” Adaptor-performer Moe Angelos and director Marianne Weems seem to have taken these words as inspiration for Sontag: Reborn, a solo drama based on Sontag’s recently released diaries, edited by her son, David Rieff. In this serious and passionate play, which runs at New York Theatre Workshop, Angelos incarnates Sontag as a febrile teenager and the graying lady of American letters. The Builders Association, which Weems heads, always makes remarkable use of technology, and, in this piece, live performance, live video, prerecorded sequences, and animations of the writer’s own prose all whirl together to resurrect one dauntingly complicated woman.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Sundays, 7 p.m.; Thursdays-Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 3 p.m.; Sundays, 2 p.m. Starts: May 28. Continues through June 30, 2013