WORLD PREMIERE OF "SPIN OFF" BY BERNARD POMERANCE,
AUTHOR OF "THE ELEPHANT MAN,"
SEPTEMBER 21 TO OCTOBER 13, DIRECTED BY RON CANADA
WHERE AND WHEN:
September 21 to October 13, 2018
The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue, New York, NY 10027
Presented by Creative Women New York
Previews September 21, opens September 23. Runs through October 13.
Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8:00, Sundays at 3:00.
Travel: #1 to 116th St. & B'way (Columbia University). Claremont Ave. is one block west of B'way. Enter betw.120th &121st Streets.
Tickets: $40 adults, $25 seniors/students, $20 previews, $20 rush (show days)
Show's website: https://www.cwnyi.org/spin-off
Running time :95
Critics are invited on or after September 23.
NEW YORK, May 17 -- Creative Women New York will present the world premiere of "Spin Off" by Bernard Pomerance, author of "The Elephant Man," in a production directed by Ron Canada from September 21 to October 13 at The Riverside Theatre, 91 Claremont Avenue.
"Spin Off" 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.
The play swings from moments of sardonic comedy to metaphysics as the characters prepare for the climactic confrontation with the one who seems to hold the power over their futures. Ultimately, the decisions they make on how to deal with the Faustian bargain of a "Spin Off" offered by their TV masters, lead them to essential questions about what it means to be real Americans and what it means to be truly human.
Playwright Bernard Pomerance (1940-2017) was born and raised in New York City and educated at the University of Chicago. Mr. Pomerance moved to London in 1968. His first play, "High in Vietnam, Hot Damn," was performed at the Interaction Almost Free Theatre in 1972 and directed by Roland Rees. Along with Rees and David Aukin, Bernard helped to found the theatre company Foco Novo in 1972. The name was taken from Pomerance’s play of the same title, the company’s inaugural production (at Oval House, 1972). Others include "Someone Else is Still Someone" (Bush Theatre, 1974), "Melons" (RSC 1985-86) and an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s "A Man's A Man" (Hampstead Theatre, 1975). His best known play, "The Elephant Man," premiered at Hampstead Theatre in 1977. It was performed in repertory at Britain’s National Theatre and several times off and on Broadway. The play earned Mr. Pomerance a Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics’ Award, an Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award and Outer Critics’ Circle Award. Of the many revivals worldwide this play has enjoyed, the most recent, directed by Scott Ellis and starring Bradley Cooper, transferred to Broadway from Williamstown in 2014 to great acclaim. The production subsequently transferred to the West End in 2015 and garnered four Tony Nominations including Best Revival, Best Leading Actor and Best Featured Actor and Actress.
Ron Canada (Director/Producer) was born and raised in NYC. His directing credits include the critically acclaimed "The Invested" (4th Street Theater, NY), "Lights Up on the Fade Out" (Lillian Theatre, CA), "The Maids" (CAP Theatre Company, CA), "Split" (Independent Production/Elephant Asylum), "Nobody" (Ace Theater Company, CA), "Soap Opera" (Poet & Peasant Theatre Company, Washington, DC) "Beyond Your Command and Mash Note to an Old Codger" (New Playwrights Theater, Washington, DC), "Bus Stop" (The Old Opera House, Charleston, West VA), "Guido Girl" (TADA Theatre, NYC) and recently "Divinity of Hell" (Associate Director, Theatre for the New City, NY). A noted actor, Mr. Canada has worked on stage, in film and television for over 45 years and has guest starred on scores of television series. Most recently, he completed episodes of "Seven Seconds," "Jack Ryan," "Madame Secretary" and the "spin off" "The Good Fight." His film credits include "The Discovery" with Robert Redford and Rooney Mara, "Wedding Crashers," "Cinderella Man," "National Treasure," "The Human Stain," "The United States of Leland," "The American President," "Man of the House" and "The Hunted." He received the Dallas Film Critics Award and significant national attention for his performance as Otis Payne in "Lone Star." He has worked twice with director Chris Columbus: in "Adventures in Babysitting" and "Home Alone 2." He is also an Emmy winning television news man. He was founder and director of The Acting Department NYC. Visit Ron Canada on IMDB
The cast includes J.W. Cortés, Thomas Hildreth, Tricia Mancuso, Chad Restum and Najla Said.
Producing consultant is Madeline Austin. Composer of the Spin Off theme is Jack Benedict. Costume Designer is Laura Borys. Choreographer is Sarah Weber-Gallo. Singer and co-composer is Ann Osmond. Casting director is Eve Pomerance. Company Manager/Co-Producer is Yetti Steinman. Musician/Co-composer is Dennis Yerry.
Creative Women New York (Producer) is a non-profit performing arts organization dedicated to making the creative process accessible to as many people as possible, empower creative ideas through co-production and fiscal sponsorship, and present theatre and other arts programming that challenge and illuminate the human condition. Past partnerships include: "Divinity of Hell," "Jyou En,""Short Pants," "Cup of Tea" and "Distraught: a disturbance in 4.5 Movements."
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