2 TO 5
GRUSOMHETEM THEATRE (NORWAY) IN
IBSEN'S "THE MOUNTAIN BIRD"
Teater--Norwegian for "The Theater of Cruelty" (a nod to
Antonin Artaud)--is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. This
independent, Oslo-based theater troupe will make its North American
debut at La MaMa with
"The Mountain Bird" (Fjeldfuglen)
by Henrik Ibsen, its celebrated staging of a romantic 1859
opera libretto by the great giant of Norwegian theater.
contains a critically acclaimed original score by contemporary composer
Filip Sande and is the company's longest-running show. The piece,
staged with a company of eight actors and two musicians, has appeared
at festivals and as a guest performance at theaters in Norway (including
the Norwegian Opera House and the National Theater's International
Ibsen Festival), Sweden, Germany, France, England, Poland, Russia,
Turkey, India, and Japan. The avant-garde opera's Romantic narrative
is inspired by a medieval Norwegian legend of a woman discovered to
be the sole survivor of the Black Death. US premiere. In Norwegian
with English supertitles.
| Foreground: Matt Mitchell as Sam
and Michelle Siracusa as Suzanna. Behind: Brandon Grimes and Erin
Evers as Suzanna's parents.
2 TO 19
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"YOUR NAME ON MY LIPS" BY ERIC SIROTA
Eric B. Sirota examines the changing nature of young love in "Your
Name On My Lips," his new musical about a young
artist fighting to hold on to the love of his life as the materialistic
world tugs at her. This 14-character musical (with a cast of seven)
examines love and passion, obsession and commitment. It debuted in
TNC's Dream Up Festival in 2015. Gerald vanHeerden directs. Eric B.
Sirota is a classically-trained composer and author of a number of
book musicals other works since 1990.
Dagerman, author of "Marty's Shadow," and his wife,
actress Anita Björk
4 TO APRIL 1
FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"MARTY'S SHADOW" BY STIG DAGERMAN (SWEDEN) AND
"JOURNEY IN LIGHT AND SHADOW" BY STIG DALAGER (DENMARK)
Rep presents two
mystery plays by modern Scandinavian playwrights.
|Lauren Smith (L) and
Carol Carter (R) play the parts of actresses rehearsing mother
and daughter roles in "Journey in Light and Shadow"
by Stig Dalager.
the acclaimed Swedish playwright, poet, novelist and journalist, was
first in Paris after the liberation and the first in Berlin after
the fall of the Third Reich. His play, "Marty's Shadow,"
is a tale of the aftermath of the resistance and is based on actual
characters he met in Paris. Translated by Nancy Pick with Lo Dagerman
and directed by Whitney Gail Aronson.
in Light and Shadow" by Danish dramatist Stig
Dalager is a play-within-a-play with three actors. Are they
rehearsing, are they performing or are they not actors at all? Is
it the present, the past, or in the future? The piece is something
of an examination of playwriting process, with strains of Strindberg
and Pirandello sewn in. Adapted by Natalie Menna from the Danish ttranslation
by Robert Greer, directed by Mr. Greer.
| L-R: Tracy Newirth, Robert Meksin, Jed Dickson
(as the Interviewer), Alex Dmitriev, Emily Zacharias. Photo by
9 TO APRIL 1
WORKSHOP THEATER, 312 W 36TH ST.
"THROUGH THE DARKNESS"
the Darkness" by Alan C. Breindel recounts the unimaginable
journeys and true stories of four courageous men and women who left
everything behind, including their loved ones, so that they might
stay one step ahead of the Holocaust.
They are composite
characters that playwright Breindel built from interviews with Holocaust
survivors. Three of the four characters managed to avoid the horrors
of the concentration camps and remained free, even if freedom was
no more than the right to die on their own terms. Chaos was inescapable,
freedom was motion, and the only safe place was any place other than
where they were. Each of the characters repeatedly come face to face
with seemingly insurmountable obstacles to daily survival and show
us that when life is vastly different, life is still livable. Directed
by Leslie Kincaid Burby.
23 TO APRIL 2
"TERRA DEI FUOCHI / LAND OF FIRES"
dei Fuochi / Land of Fires" is an environmental
performance project blending modern dance, music and documentary theater
to tell the story of Campania Felix, an area in Italy north of Naples
that suffered devastating loss of life due to a scandal-ridden toxic
waste disaster. The piece is a three-person dance with multimedia
drawn largely from life stories of mothers in the region whose children
"have become angels too quickly." Accompanying the performance
will be a booth providing information about Campania Felix and how
it can be compared to others around the world. The aim is to provide
further education in the increasing land and water contamination issues
facing our global community. This world premiere is choreographed
and directed and by Bianca Falco (Napoli, Campania - NYC) and composed
by Alberto Falco (Napoli, Campania).
|Bianca Delli Priscoli (left) and Laura Orfanelli
(right). Boy in photo (L) is Antonio De Michele, son of Marzia
Caccioppoli, who died age nine from Brain Stem Glioma. Girl in
photo (R) is Mesia Nasi, who died age three from Adrenal Neuroblastoma.
Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
23 TO APRIL 9
"BENGHAZI - BERGEN-BELSEN"
An epic romance retrieves from oblivion the lost story of the Holocaust
of Libyan Jews in "Benghazi
– Bergen-Belsen," a play by Lahav Timor that
is inspired by the Brenner Prize-winning 2016 novel of the same name
by Yossi Sucary, the first book about Jews in World War II Libya.
The play is translated from Hebrew by Inbal Timor and directed by
Michal Gamily. La MaMa Theatre will present its world premiere run
in its Downstairs Theater, 66 East Fourth Street.
| L-R: Michal Gamily, Mouna R'miki, Giacomo Rocchini,
Veracity Butcher, Ayelet Kaznelson, Lili Leah Azrielant. Photo
by Jonathan Slaff.
has a contemporary approach. By citing the marginalized racial politics
of the Holocaust, it urges a reconsidering of both historical and
contemporary religious, cultural, and racial oppression and violence.
Its multicultural cast is led by Mohammad Bakri, who plays Silvana's
father--the head of a Jewish family. Bakri is an Arab/Palestinian
actor from Israel who is also known for his starring role on HBO's
"The Night Of." The original score is by Avi Belleli, composer
of HBO's "In Treatment." Lighting design is by Avi Yona
Bueno ("Bambi"), one of Israel's most prominent lighting
designers, who is renowned for his work with Batsheva Dance Company.
|.L-R: Annalisa Loeffler, Kate Garfield, Zohra
23 TO APRIL 9
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"DEAD MAN'S DINNER"
Squeaky Bicycle Productions, a resident company of Theater for the
New City, in the world premiere of
"Dead Manís Dinner" by W.M. Akers.
When the chips are down, are we men or beasts? That's the question
of this new tragicomedy, to be directed by Kathryn McConnell. The
piece is an absurdist adventure story set in a dystopian future. New
York has been under siege for ten years and three women are struggling
to survive in a frigid, rent-stabilized apartment on the Upper West
Side. Olympia and her daughter Petra have spent years surviving any
way they can. When Petra falls in love with Jackie, an injured soldier,
their food supplies are stretched to the limit. Death creeps closer
and each woman is torn between love and hunger. Hunger always wins.
|Barbara and Carlton Molett, authors of "Rosalee
5 TO 22
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN "ROSALIE PRITCHETT" AND "PERRY'S
The Negro Ensemble Company continues the celebration of its 50th Anniversary
season in which it is remounting NEC Classic Plays. The company will
present two companion pieces, "Rosalie Pritchett" by Barbara
and Carlton Molette and "Perry's Mission" by Clarence Young
III. Both plays were produced originally in 1971 at St. Marks Playhouse,
a half block from Theatre 80 St. Marks where this production will
7 TO 29
GENE FRANKEL THEATRE, 24 BOND STREET
"OF MICE AND MEN"
The Onomatopoeia Theatre Company, a resident company of Gene Frankel
Theatre, presents John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men." The
company, led by Thomas R. Gordon, draws inspiration from a sonic approach
to stage language. With this naturalistic play, its attention shifts
to "the sounds of nature" in the setting. Mr. Gordon intends
for the production concept to draw upon the vivid, impressionistic
colors he saw when working in California’s Great Valley where
this play is set. The play has a filmlike quality, so it will be presented
with a lot of offstage foley, like dogs barking, horseshow games,
and the natural sounds that are heard as George and Lennny settle
down for night and late day turns into evening. There is unmistakeable
currency in the play's theme of "the best laid plans of mice
and men." Mr. Gordon explains, "The play's protagonists,
two ranch hands, have great plans for future, but circumstances interfere,
just as many of us had great expectations that were upset by the current
election." This play is part of a series of plays the company
has undertaken devoted to the theme of "searching for honor,"
which has included "Medea" last season and will include
"Julius Caesar" this summer, July 7 to 29.
|Sarah Shah and Kaylin
Reed as students who precipitate a lockdown and take refuge in
the faculty room. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
13 TO 30
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"THE FACULTY ROOM"
Baby Boomers had nuclear air raid drills in school that stamped their
souls with the realization that death is always close by. Their children
now have lockdown drills, rehearsing what to do when a shooter is
on the loose in the school. A nuclear attack never materialized (at
least, not yet), but the present generation has Sandy Hook, Columbine,
Virginia Tech and a host of other massacres to remind them of their
own mortality. The hard lockdown--when an imminent danger is known--is
an unforgettable rite of passage for many people, and it is the setting
Faculty Room," the newest play by William Electric
Black that is the fourth in his GUNPLAYS series. Directed by the author.
STUDIO THEATRE, THEATER ROW
Fusion Theatre performs Jean Anouilh's "Antigone," translated
by Lewis Galantiere. A ground breaking adaptation merges the worlds
of classical theatre and opera, obliterating preconceived boundaries
between theses two great theatrical worlds. Fusion Theatre draws its
cast from a tiny pool of classically trained actors who are also renowned
opera singers. Directed by award winning actress Eilin O'Dea. Features
operatic arias as well as the fusion of both the classical play Antigone
with the chorus line from the opera Antigone.
|Michelle Shay, Barbara Montgomery, Olivia Williams
and Frances Foster. Photo by Bert Andrews, 1979.
TO JUNE 10
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS
NEGRO ENSEMBLE COMPANY IN
"DAUGHTERS OF THE MOCK"
The 50th season of Negro Ensemble Company, a year-long retrospective
of some of the troupe's signature works, continues with "Daughters
of the Mock" by Judi Ann Mason (original production March 3,
1976), directed by Denise Dowse.
Timothy Simonson as Adam
Clayton Powell. Photo by Gerry Goodstein.
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 W. 42nd STREET
NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "ADAM" BY PETER DEANDA
by Peter DeAnda is a historical and compelling play on the Honorable
Reverend Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. set in Bimini, the House of Representatives
and Abyssinian Baptist Church. It captures Rev. Powell's dynamic words
and thoughts and brings the handsome and charismatic reverend back
to life as we follow his political journey as the Congressman who
represented Harlem between 1945 and 1971. Timothy Simonson plays Adam.
Ajene D. Washington directs. Presented by Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal
| L-R: Dexter Thomas-Payne (Lion), Derrick Montalvado (Scarecrow),
Ben Harburg (Tin Man), Taylor-Rey Rivera (Dorothy). Photo
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE AT HARLEM PREP, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ"
Harlem Repertory Theatre presents "The
Wizard of Oz," co-produced by the Yip Harburg Foundation,
for young (and young-at-heart) audiences. This production of the classic
musical has a multi-racial cast, a jazzy underscore and authoritative
dramaturgy by representatives of the Yip Harburg Foundation. The schedule
of the extension is all Saturday matinees for the convenience of family
audiences. Director/choreographer is Keith Lee Grant, Artistic Director
of Harlem Rep, who is in the midst of a four-year project of presenting
four classic musicals that have lyrics by E.Y. "Yip" Harburg,
who was known in his lifetime as the "social conscience of Broadway."
|Michelle Beshaw, Vit Horejs, Deborah Beshaw-Farrell,
Ben Watts and puppets. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE IN
"THREE GOLDEN HAIRS OF GRANDFATHER WISDOM"
For the delight of audiences aged five to 105, Czechoslovak-American
Marionette Theater performs its newest work, "Three
Golden Hairs of Grandfather Wisdom," an ensemble
creation that encompasses three classical Czech fairy tales. It's
named for the first one. Features four performers and a room crammed
with marionettes of various sizes and found objects; written and directed
by Vit Horejs. Each Saturday of the run, Vit Horejs also performs
"The Winter Tales," a marionette play for young audiences
based on three fairy tales that are set in blizzards.
| Wynn Handman
(right), with APT co-founder Sidney Lanier (center), receiving
the Margo Jones award at City Hall in 1966 from Mayor John Lindsay
FILM, "IT TAKES A LUNATIC," WILL SPOTLIGHT WYNN HANDMAN
Wynn Handman, now a young 94, is teaching
actors at his usual pace and continues to run The American Place Theatre's Literature
to Life program, which has merged with Young Audiences New York. His
assistant and long-time student, Billy Lyons, together with a few
collaborators, is crowdfunding to complete a feature length documentary
film about Mr. Handman his American Place Theatre titled "It
Takes a Lunatic." Sources for the film include numerous
hours of footage of Handman in his acting studio, at The American
Place Theatre and elsewhere, plus interviews with former students,
playwrights and friends including Norman Lear, Sydney Pollack, Michael
Douglas, Olympia Dukakis, Tony Roberts, James Cann, Allison Janney,
Richard Schiff, Tom Strelich, Sidney Lanier and Sam Shepard.
The current campaign
goal of $80,000.00 (25% of the overall feature-length budget) is about
three-quarters met. It is dedicated to completing nearly two dozen
remaining interviews, logging and transcribing numerous hours of footage,
and hiring the most talented editing team. Contributions are
tax-deductible through the film's fiscal sponsor, Film Forum, NY's
leading non-profit cinema. To learn more and view the trailer,
please visit the
LEGACY LEADERS OF COLOR VIDEO PROJECT
On Monday, March 14, 2017 at 7:00 PM, Castillo Theater, 543 W. 42nd
Street, will host a special, one-night only event to screen "Legacy
Leaders of Color Video Project" (LLCVP). The film is being launched
by Theater Communications Group (TCG), which worked with MOPED, a
video production company, and with support from the Doris Duke Charitable
Foundation, to film a series of interviews chronicling the stories
of founding leaders of theaters of color.
The nine leaders
featured in the videos are: Lou Bellamy, Penumbra Theatre, St Paul,
MN; Tisa Chang, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, New York, NY; Frank Chin,
Asian American Theater Company, San Francisco, CA; Miriam Colón,
Puerto Rican Traveling Theater, New York, NY; Woodie King, Jr., New
Federal Theatre, New York, NY; Muriel Miguel, Spiderwoman Theater,
New York, NY; Jackie Taylor, Black Ensemble Theater, Chicago, IL;
Luis Valdez, El Teatro Campesino, San Juan Baptista, CA; and Douglas
Turner Ward, Negro Ensemble Company, New York, NY.
|Left: Douglas Turner Ward (L) and
Woodie King, Jr.(R) add their signatures to the Sidewalk of Stars
at Theatre 80 St. Marks. Photo by Jonathan Slaff. Right: Muriel
Miguel in "Red Mother." Photo by Tim Matheson.
in the film reveal how these leaders were inspired to create opportunities
lacking for artists of color; to challenge appropriation and misrepresentation
through staging the full richness and complexity of racial, ethnic
and cultural identities; to gain political power and creative autonomy;
and to contribute their unique aesthetic and social perspectives to
our culture. The LLCVP is intended to serve as a roadmap for future
theater leaders and to raise broader cultural awareness of the impact
of theaters of color. The screening series is led by Elena Chang,
TCG’s associate director of equity, diversity & inclusion,
and August Schulenburg, TCG’s director of communications &
community engagement, and is rolling out over an 18-month period in
the leaders’ communities.
There will be
a panel discussion, film screening and audience Q&A, followed
by a reception. RSVP to John Rankin at Castillo Theatre at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 212-941-1234 (box office).
|Photo from Mark Morris website.
TRAIN FOR DANCE ACCOMPANIMENT
The Mark Morris Dance Group, in partnership with The Center for Ballet
and the Arts at New York University (CBA) will launch the Mark Morris
Dance Accompaniment Training Program, a new, innovative program to
train and provide practical experience for dance accompanists. This
one-of-a-kind program recognizes the significance of music in the
dance studio and aims to further legitimize dance accompaniment as
a viable and much needed profession within the music and dance industries.
For more information go
here or email email@example.com.
NEVER TOO LATE
Irene Backalenick, the veteran theater writer for Backstage, has published
"Rueful Reflections: Book 1" (Volume 1) Paperback,
January 26, 2017. It's is a collection of the works of a beginner
poet. Written in her 90's, it is like standing on a hilltop and looking
back over the landscape. Irene looks back upon a lifetime of successes
and regrets, of right turns and wrong turns.
Left: Irene Backelenick.
Photo by Jonathan Slaff. Right: book cover.
EXPLAINS IT TO YOU ALL
Stanley Allan Sherman's Roving
Classical Commedia University (totally unaccredited)
and Mask Arts Company
have announced summer workshops and labs for actors, artists, singers,
dancers, directors, clowns, teachers and variety artists. Courses
will include Commedia dell'Arte / Mime - movement - rhythm / Neutral
mask - metaphysical mask lab / Creating original material. Classes
will be held in the spacious salon of Centro Español, 239 West
14 Street (on the border of Chelsea/West Village). Master teacher
Stanley Allan Sherman is a graduate of Ecole Jacque Lecoq Theatre
Mime Movement and has worked as a performer, actor, clown, mime, teacher,
director, writer and mask maker since 1972. Special summer Commedia
dell'Arte workshop Guest Teacher will be Michela Musolino teaching
Sicilian and Southern Italian tambourine and dance. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NASTY HELD A "NOT MY PRESIDENT'S DAY."
"Not My President’s Day: A Nationwide Day of Protest Through
Performance" was held on February 20, 2017. Bad hombres, nasty
women and Trump voters with buyer’s remorse all staged a nationwide
day of protest through performance. The "Bad
and Nasty" collective is the brainchild of Holly
Hughes (who fought Jessie Helms for her artistic freedom all the way
to the Supreme Court) and Lois Weaver (co-founder of Spiderwoman Theatre,
Split Britches, and WOW Café Theatre). The collective has over
1700 members, and counting, from across the country and around the
globe who hosted events throughout the month of February.
Professional Actor's Handbook (Rowman & Littlefield)
has been published by Julio Agustin, Assistant Professor of Theater
and Dance at James Madison University. He has performed in Broadway's
Chicago and Fosse and runs a monthly audition studio in New York City,
the Transition Workshop. Co-author is Kathleen Potts, an academic,
dramaturge, and award-winning playwright on faculty at CUNY. Mr. Augustin
directed the groundbreaking Latino version of "Sweet Charity"
that was presented by New Haarlem Arts Theatre in 2012. Pre-order
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