In response to the devastation this week’s tornadoes have created in central Oklahoma, Reduxion Theatre Company is donating 100 percent of all ticket and concession sales from its Thursday performance to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund.
“This loss touches us deeply and we want to do what we can to spread hope where there is so much sorrow,” Reduxion Artistic Director Tyler Woods told me in an email.
Reduxion is wrapping up its production of “History of Tom Jones, a Foundling,” the company’s adaptation of Henry Fielding’s 1749 novel. Thursday’s tornado benefit is set for 8 p.m. at its Broadway Theater, 1613 N Broadway Ave. The final performances are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The new play is developed by Reduxion founders Tyler Woods and his wife, Erin Woods. Written by Erin and directed by Tyler, this world premiere play based on Fielding’s classic novel is set in England and follows the risqué adventures of a handsome young man with a lust for life and an eye for the ladies.
“History of Tom Jones, a Foundling,” is part romantic comedy, part social commentary and all action-adventure. The book has been the subject of many film and television versions including the popular 1963 movie, “Tom Jones,” starring Albert Finney.
The film was so popular that the up-and-coming English singer Thomas John Woodward changed his name to that of the title character, “Tom Jones,” in the early 1960s because he liked the racy persona.
The title character is good-hearted and not concerned with how people see him. The story, which was ahead of its time, offers a commentary on how the appearance of goodness is different from true honesty and integrity. But most people know “Tom Jones” as a sexy, sword-fighting, adventure story.
A bodice-ripper, “Tom Jones” contains sex and violence, and the show is not for younger audiences.
Reduxion has a reputation for creating new art based on classic stories. The production uses experimental movement styles, theatrical pantomime, puppetry, innovative stage-combat practices and RTC’s original brand of “theatre-in-your-lap” audience-interaction. Additionally, the boundary-pushing period costuming includes Marie Antoinette-style tall powdered wigs and giant hoop-skirts. It’s visually stunning, fast-paced, fun and provocative.
As founders of Reduxion, Tyler and Erin share a vision for the theatre company, but “Tom Jones” is the first project they have developed together.
For more information, go to www.reduxiontheatre.com.