A Seasonal Press Calendar
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DECEMBER 6 TO 21
TEATRO CIRCULO, 64 E. 4TH STREET
CELESTE MORATTI DIRECTS "MACBETH"
First Maria Ensemble 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 Ensemble, 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."
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/macbeth.htm
DECEMBER 6 TO 15
LOUNGE THEATRE, LOS ANGELES
"FOOL FOR LOVE" BY SAM SHEPARD
The bicoastal production of Sam Shepard's "Fool for Love," which premieres November 15 to December 2 at New York's Theater for the New City, will be presented December 6 to 15 at The Lounge Theatre, 6201 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles. The production, directed by Kymberly Harris, arises from a careful artistic process of immersion on many levels. It aims to honor and recapture the path of Shepard's "Buried Child," which was commissioned by Theater for the New City and premiered there in 1978.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/FFL-LA.htm
NORTH OF HISTORY, 445 COLUMBUS AVE.
CONCERT, "CODEX TO CAGE"
Long-time westsider musicians Mari Kimura (violinist/composer) and Bruce Brubaker (piano) will join up for “CODEX to CAGE" an eclectic concert program in the heart of Upper West Side on Monday, December 10 at 7:30 PM at North of History, 445 Columbus Avenue (81-82 Street). Kimura will perform solo violin works ranging from Bach to Ioanis Xenakis to works of her own. Brubaker, who heads the Piano program at the New England Conservatory and is a renowned interpreter of Philip Glass and Terry Riley, will perform works from his repertoire, including “Codex Faenza,” a 15th-century manuscript that Brubaker has arranged. Kimura and Brubaker will join forces in their interpretation of John Cage’s “Fontana Mix” to conclude the concert.
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/kimura-brubaker.htm
COMPLETE INFO: www.jsnyc.com/season/Pow-Wow.htm
RECENT PHOTOS: https://goo.gl/photos/SLr4PXEHJrsq34j9A and https://goo.gl/photos/GdTzC9QDTyGswnPW9
HISTORICAL PHOTOS of Pow-Wows from 2004 to 2015 are available for download at: https://goo.gl/photos/wUcenp6ZcPDcBCYD7
SELECTED PHOTOS from all these albums are available for download at: https://goo.gl/photos/tcrxbtPYtF2hdvhV6
JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 17
THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY
"BETTY & THE BELRAYS" BY WILLIAM ELECTRIC BLACK
To foster reconciliation and healing among our communities, William Electric Black has rewritten his 2007 feelgood musical, "Betty and the Belrays," for today's audiences.
Remember how in "Dreamgirls," three black female singers from Detroit struggled to become a successful girl group? In "Betty & The Belrays," three white female singers from Detroit struggle to change a racially divided society by singing for a black record label.
It's 1963, Detroit. Betty Belarosky, against her parents’ wishes, forms an all white girl group, a la the Ronnettes, to get a record deal at Soultown--a black record company. Can Betty bring a segregated city together through her music? She ventures to the Negro side of town where a Miss Loretta Jones, an oldtime soul singer, decides to coach the girls not only about singing, but about the Civil Rights Movement. After an appearance on a popular television show, Betty & The Belrays are offered a major record deal from a white label, on the condition that they will have to stop singing about racial issues. When they return home the girls are faced with hate mail from their own communities. What's a girl to do? Book and lyrics are by William Electric Black aka Ian James. Music is by Black, Val Ghent (arranger/keyboards for Ashford & Simpson) and Gary Schreiner. Directed by Black. Choreography by Jeremy Lardieri.
FEBRUARY 28 TO MARCH 31
CASTILLO THEATRE, 543 WEST 42ND STREET
WOODIE KING, JR.'S NEW FEDERAL THEATRE PRESENTS "LOOKING FOR LEROY" BY LARRY MUHAMMAD
What is black theatre? How is it defined and by whom? What is the relationship between the black dramatist, their creation and the black community at large? "Looking for Leroy" by Larry Muhammad explores these questions through the career of LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, arguably the most important black playwright of the 20th century and one who intended his art have social impact. A poet, novelist, essayist and music critic probably best known for his plays, Baraka’s intellectual development from Beatnik to black nationalist to Marxist was reflected in his art. In this two-character olay, a young theatre intern struggles to comprehend the artistic metamorphoses of his hero, a great playwright at the pinnacle of his powers. While the acolyte assists with play development, his casual observations infuriate his mentor and the two heatedly debate theatre fundamentals, examining the fungible nature of aesthetics, questioning whether artistic expression is ever nonideological and weighing the added responsibility of artists of color. Patronia Paley directs.
EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 15, 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
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