Written by: P. William Pinto
Directed by: Akia

A Retrospective of the 20th Century. BEHOLD each turn of the screw that loosens or tightens with the passing of another ten years: 10 Things Hidden, 10 Things Ignored DeCADEnce flies from 1903 to 1998 in examination of the lies, truths, and in-betweens which have plagued this country.
Playwright P. William Pinto, Director Akia and the immensely talented ensemble of Rising Sun have spent the last 6 months developing the world premiere production of DeCADEnce. An Original work drawing from our eclectic Americana history, told thru 10 vignettes each representing a decade from the 20th Century. DeCADEnces explores both the frightening injustices and the triumphant advances of our human history; from Coney Island sideshows, Minstrelsy & Blackface, Old Time Radio to “Monicagate”, DeCADEnce leaves no stone unturned. The rotating 16 member ensemble portrays these stories through an array of performance and media styles, inspired by TV Sitcoms, Musicals, Radio Plays, Civil Rights Protests, Live Music, Vaudeville, Carnival & Circus styles and more.

DeCADEnce flies from 1903 to 1998 in examination of the lies, truths, and in-betweens which have plagued this country in the last century. Meet Topsy the Elephant that helped build Coney Island, and witness her gruesome public execution, Follow the conflict of an African American Actor who has to decide between keeping his job and lowering himself to Minstrelsy, Peek inside the interrogation room of Roswell, NM and see what may or may not have really happened, Listen in on a studio recording a Radio play, and watch the outside during the Depression, dance along to disco music at Studio 54 and re-live the blinding media circus of the Clinton Sex Scandal.

What the Critics Have to Say about Rising Sun
“Intense and out-there, and just never lets up” ..
“Well worth the audience’s time and money” & “Deeply Honest” …
“A little gem hidden in the dark Under St. Mark’s”.. L Magazine
“if the unusual is what you crave head down to UNDER St. Mark’s for the ride of your life!” ..
“A number of excellent performances” – Deborah Greenhut
The Online Entertainment Guide calls Rising Sun the most popular Off-Off-Broadway performance company!!

Rising Sun, who brought you the acclaimed revivals of “An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein”, the New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominated “Shape of Things” (2004), and the critically acclaimed hit “Hellcab”; Breaks new ground with an original piece written and created expressly for and by the ensemble of Rising Sun.