A Seasonal Press Calendar
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SEPTEMBER 21 TO OCTOBER 13
"SPIN OFF" BY BERNARD POMERANCE
THE RIVERSIDE THEATRE, 91 CLAREMONT AVE.
Creative Women New York will present the world premiere of "Spin Off" by the late Bernard Pomerance, author of "The Elephant Man," in a production directed by Ron Canada. The play is set within the world of a network television series and weaves a surrealistic tale of characters attempting to "immigrate" from the world of fiction into reality and beyond the soundstage. Figures from television's seemingly endless stream of cop shows have been mysteriously awakened to the narrow limits of their existence as TV stereotypes. They devise a plan to "cross over" in order to find fully dimensional lives. In preparing to escape the confines of their artificial world, they make discoveries about the nature of memory, aspiration, identity, loyalty and, most importantly, love.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/spin_off.htm
SEPTEMBER 24, OCTOBER 29 AND NOVEMBER 19
PLAYERS CLUB, 16 GRANERCY PARK SOUTH
RESIDENT ACTING COMPANY READINGS, "THE LANGUAGE SERVES"
This fall, The Resident Acting Company, a new troupe drawn from the performing ensemble of The Pearl Theatre Company, will present "The Language Series," a new readings series at The Players Club, 16 Gramercy Park South. The series is devoted to plays that delve into the use of words to lie, deceive, manipulate, conquer, tell the truth, work out the meaning of life and even to find love. With Shaw's "Don Juan in Hell" September 24, Cowley's "The Belle's Strategem" October 29 and Pirandello's "It Is So (If You Think So)" November 19, the company will explore ways that playwrights have used language to portray the human condition, to get to the heart of how we communicate, and to understand reality itself. All three plays explore questions of fake or real, true or false and truth that isn’t truth. Through the lens of these classics and their approach to language, the company aims to help us sharpen our perception of the rumors, reports, misleading statements and alternative facts we now experience every day.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/rac_readings.htm
SEPTEMBER 27 TO OCTOBER 14
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"ARENDT-HEIDEGGER" BY DOUGLAS LACKEY
Martin Heidegger and Hannah Arendt were leading intellectuals of the twentieth century. In the 1920’s, they had a passionate affair. In the 1930’s, Heidegger became an ardent Nazi while Arendt became an ardent Zionist. Nevertheless, after the war, they still continued to correspond and to meet. Douglas Lackey dramatizes their relationship. The dialogue and action of the play go beyond known facts, but everything in the play is consistent with them. Directed by Alexander Harrington.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/arendt-heidegger.htm
BOHEMIAN NATIONAL HALL, 321 E. 73RD ST. & JAN HUS CHURCH (CHAPEL), 351 E. 74TH ST.
CZECHOSLOVAK-AMERICAN MARIONETTE THEATRE'S FALL CENTENNIAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) presents a Centennial Heritage Festival to celebrate two auspicious anniversaries: the Centennial Anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia (1918) and the Millennial Anniversary of the unification of the Lands of the Czech Crown, under Duke Oldřich (1018). Events include a mainstage production, "Duke Oldřich & Washerwoman Božena, the True Story," and a play for young audiences (and their parents), "Water Goblin, Kacha and the Devil, & How the Little Cat Kochichka, and the Little Dog Pejsek Baked a Birthday Cake." Also: film screenings, a participatory SongFest and an array of traditional Czech foods and beverages.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/camt2018.htm
OCTOBER 9 TO 21
HERE ARTS CENTER, 145 AVE. OF AMERICAS
"ALL ROADS LEAD TO THE KURSKI STATION"
Varda Studio, a newly formed avant-garde theater company, will perform its "All Roads Lead to the Kurski Station," a theatrical version of "Moscow Circles" by Venedikt Yerofeyev that is adapted and directed by Emil Varda. The troupe is dedicated to highly stylized, politically and intellectually challenging performances and art happenings. Founder Emil Varda was a dissident intellectual and theater maker in Communist Poland and endured harsh imprisonment there before emigrating to NYC in 1983. The play is a Rabelasian, anti-theater adaptation of the poetic book by Russian/Soviet dissident and satirist Venedikt Yerofeyev that is now known as the first postmodern novel in Russian. It follows a poet-drunkard called Vienya as he traverses Soviet Moscow in an attempt to catch a train to visit his beloved in the distant suburb of Petuskhi. Along the way, he is haunted by fantastic visions and two mysterious women who are seemingly determined to frustrate his plans.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/kursk.htm
OCTOBER 11 TO 28
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"RECOVERY" BY ANNE LUCAS
"Recovery" by Anne Lucas is a drama of mothers and daughters at a drug rehabilitation center who are lost in the pain of addiction. All are influenced and guided by a Reverend Stephanie Jackson and a Demon (embodying all temptation) who battle for their souls. Denial is portrayed is a powerful tool in the weaponry of darkness and facing truth is portrayed as a painful path but the only one that leads to lasting recovery. The play is based on a personal story of a mother and daughter. Cast of six includes Karen Lynn Gorney, Brian Childers. Stephan Morrow directs.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/recovery.htm
NOVEMBER 9 TO 25
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"CITIZENS OF THE GRAY OR THE DARK THING THAT SLEEPS INSIDE ME" BY ELIA SCHNEIDER
Playwright/director Elia Schneider, formerly of Venezuela, is known for hauntingly visual productions that transcend language with strong imagery and a dreamlike fresco of movement and design. Her newest, as yet untitled, work deals with the war of the sexes in the age of the #MeToo Movement. Hitherto, her theatrical productions have mostly emerged from ideas derived from Kafka. Now she is channeling Strindberg for a new work of ensemble creation with her Teatro Dramma. The piece, now in process, is a choreography of movement and actions. The setting is clean, empty and minimal. Every detail is controlled. The mood is dark, gray and post-apocalyptic. Women fight against men for control and domination. Sometimes, they sacrifice control for care and sometimes the men weaken and seek comfort, but there is no connection between the sexes. Robotically, they pair for sex, which they often use to punish. How can they survive if they exist to destroy each other? Music by Osvaldo Montes, a renowned Argentine composer of Tangos. Texts from poets including Sylvia Plath and Heiner Müller. Lighting by José Ramón Novoa. Cast of ten actors, all of Latin American background.
MORE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Elia_Schneider_2018.htm
DECEMBER 6 TO 21
TEATRO CIRCULO, 64 E. 4TH STREET
CELESTE MORATTI DIRECTS "MACBETH"
First Maria LLC will present Shakespeare's "Macbeth," directed by Celeste Moratti and performed by a mixed American-Italian company. With Tristan Colton as Macbeth, Celeste Moratti as Lady Macbeth. Francesco Santalucia and Papaceccio will compose the musical score and direct the chorus. Set and costumes by Raffaella Toni. The entire company will play the witches, who will become an omni-present counterpoint to the action. Celeste Moratti is an Italian-born actress who is best known for both realistic and surrealistic leading roles in the "Pathological Theater" productions of Dario D'Ambrosi. Her vision is informed by her work at La MaMa and The Living Theater. Her company, First Maria LLC, first took stage with Moratti's directorial debut, "Hamlet," at Teatro Circulo in 2016. Theater Pizazz (JK Clarke) declared, "This season has seen a lot of good small-company productions of Shakespeare plays, and First Maria’s Hamlet is one of the best." Front Row Center (Holli Harms) added, "Here is hoping that Celeste Moratti continues on this trajectory of directorial discoveries."
EXTENDED THROUGH NOVEMBER 24, 2018
HARLEM REPERTORY THEATRE
TATO LAVIERA THEATRE, 240 E. 123RD STREET
"THE WIZARD OF OZ: A JAZZ MUSICAL FOR ALL AGES "
Harlem Repertory Theatre stages "The Wizard of Oz: a Jazz Musical for All Ages," 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. 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."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/oz.htm
DATES TBA, OPEN-ENDED RUN
5TH WALL STUDIO, 160 N. 4TH STREET, BROOKLYN
5th Wall Studio offers an entirely new dance theater experience with "Chasing Paper," which tells of a man's journey into his own imagination using breath-taking acrobatics, aerial dance, whimsical immersive imagery, water and flight. With only 36 seats for each performance, each viewer is transported into an individual dreamscape, awakening inner magic with a tale of love. The piece is adapted by AiRealistic from its 2013 production, "Breaking Surface."Reviewing that production at Theater for the New City, Jack Anderson (NY Theatre Wire) wrote that it "defied expectations not only of how the law of gravity is supposed to operate, but also of what theatrical combinations of dance and acrobatics look like.” Julia Kennedy wrote in Broadway World Dance, "Breaking Surface has gone where few other dance performances dare to go. It was a thrilling multi-faceted performance of incredible skill and poetic beauty....The cast’s physical feats, while suspended on delicate harnesses or gliding across the water logged stage, displayed their sheer technical aptitude. The audience was mystified by the quality of the performers, as well as their ability to create a fully immersive and passionate experience." Co-created, co-choreographed and co-directed by Gwyneth Larsen and William Mulholland.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/chasing_paper.htm
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