Robert Kalfin to direct premiere of "The Property"
by Ben Josephson.
A resolute woman upends lives in pursuit of security for her teenage son.
Acerbic comedy contemplates the breakdown of people's better natures in an uncharitable world.
WHERE AND WHEN:
June 16 to July 14, 2018 (opens June 21)
The Clurman Theatre, 412 W 42nd Street
Presented by New Light Theater Project's Spotlight Series, Sarah Norris, Artistic Director; Michael Aguirre, Managing Director.
Tue at 7:00 PM, Wed-Sat at 8:00 PM; matinees Sat at 2:00 PM & Sun at 3:00 PM.
Tickets $25 general admission, Box office: Telecharge, (212) 239-6200, www.telecharge.com
Critics are invited on or after Wed., June 20.
NEW YORK, April 2 – "The Property," a new play by Ben Josephson, is the story of a woman, two men she has loved and one man she is tempted to love, and the teenage son she stifles with good intentions. Irene, once carefree and artistic but now a low-level corporate manager alarmed by the erosion of her family's financial security, imposes two measures to shore the family up. She rents out a property--the garden cottage that has been her current husband's retreat--to a teacher who infatuates her. Then she inveigles her ex, who is her son's vehemently estranged but influential father, into launching the boy on a lucrative career path. What emerges is the transformation of five people on edge, and constrained by an increasingly ungenerous world, into selves that would horrify the selves they once had been. New Light Theater Project will present the play's world premiere June 16 to July 14 at The Clurman Theatre, 412 West 42nd Street, directed by Robert Kalfin, founder of the Chelsea Theatre Center (winner of five Tony Awards, four Tony nominations and 21 Obies), who has directed widely on Broadway and Off-Broadway and was named a Legend of Off-Broadway by the Off-Broadway Alliance in 2015.
The play is, ultimately, a comedy of the declining class, where people's quirks, dilemmas and dissatisfactions bitingly dominate everyday life.
"The Property" is the New York debut of playwright Ben Josephson (www.bjplayscripts.com), the nom de plume of Steve Kalkstein, a family physician in Martinez, CA. He has written seven full-length plays altogether: four naturalistic ones, one of heightened realism and two broad comedies. All of them have been mostly under wraps and none have previously been produced in New York.
Director Robert Kalfin (www.robertkalfin.com) founded the Chelsea Theatre Center (1965-1984), which opened in St. Peter's Church on West 20th Street and moved to BAM in 1968, where it played in residence for ten years. He has directed more than 600 productions in readings, workshops and full productions, with a primary focus on developing new works. His career spans Broadway, Off-Broadway regional theaters and theaters around the world. The book, "Chelsea On The Edge" by Davi Napoleon, details his contribution to the American Theater. His Broadway credits include "Strider," "Happy End" (starring Meryl Streep and Christopher Lloyd), "Yentl" (starring Tovah Feldshuh) and "Truly Blessed" (a celebration of Mahalia Jackson). His Chelsea Theatre Center co-produced Harold Prince's production of "Candide." Kalfin staged "Rashomon" and "The Mistress of the Inn (starring Tovah Feldshuh) for Roundabout Theatre Company and directed TV's "The Prince of Homburg" starring Frank Langella for PBS Great Performances. Beside Chelsea Theatre Center, he has been Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Playhouse-in-the-Park and the Pirate Playhouse on Sanibel Island. He attended Alfred University and earned his M.F.A. in Directing from Yale School of Drama. He has served on the boards of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and Theater Communications Group. He was named a Legend of Off-Broadway by the Off-Broadway Alliance in 2015 and is featured in Primary Stages' Off Broadway Oral History Documentary Series.
Founded by Sarah Norris and Michael Aguirre, New Light Theater Project (NLTP) is an ensemble-driven theater company that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works) in the NYC indie theater community. To accomplish this, NLTP places the ensemble at the center of the process, where all members, regardless of artistic role, bear weight and voice to the stories selected to tell. NLTP devises and develops new work, brings classical texts and revivals to life, and creates a spirit of community for all theatrical collaborations. NLTP illuminates other artists and companies through a network of shared resources, such as The Spotlight Series and Darkroom, while cultivating theatrical partnerships around the world. For more information, visit newlighttheaterproject.com.
Casting is TBA as of this writing.
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