“Mnemonic” looks set to pay back its Off Broadway production costs this week, two months into a 9-1/2 week run entered into for reasons of love, not lucre. The Theatre de Complicite piece about memory — premiered in Salzburg, Austria — will go into profit, having recouped its $570,000 capitalization.
The piece, conceived and directed by Simon McBurney, was “done (in New York) very protectively,” said lead producer Thomas Viertel, “to try to make sure the investors didn’t get clobbered.”
Auds were sufficiently taken to lift attendance far above the 45% break-even in the 610-seat John Jay auditorium.
What’s more, the piece benefited from some money reviews (in the New York Times, especially) and Complicite’s burgeoning profile, with the possible bonus of an actress in Katrin Cartlidge. Viertel’s producing partners on “Mnemonic” are Steven Baruch, Marc Routh, Richard Frankel, Dede Harris/Lorie Cowen Levy, Timothy Childs, Herb Goldsmith, Libby Adler Mages/Mari Glick and Margo Lion.