Andrew C. McGibbon
Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.
Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway League and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is presently the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.
Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell
SIGNATURE THEATRE COMPANY
20th ANNIVERSARY GALA CELEBRATES PLAYWRIGHT-IN-RESIDENCE
Monday, NOVEMBER 8 at Espace
Signature Theatre Company (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) will celebrate its 2010-2011 playwright-in-residence Tony Kushner at its 20th anniversary gala on Monday, November 8 at Espace (635 West 42nd Street).
Cocktails will begin at 6:30pm with dinner at 7:30 PM and performances and tribute to Mr. Kushner to follow. Participants in the gala include Stephen Spinella, Linda Emond, Mike Nichols, Edward Norton and Frank Rich.
Tony Kushner's original plays and adaptations are courageous in their scope and variety, exploring themes such as politics, history, community, faith, and love. These plays include A Bright Room Called Day; Angels in America, Parts One and Two; Slavs!; Homebody/Kabul; Caroline, or Change, a musical with composer Jeanine Tesori; and The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide To Capitalism And Socialism With A Key To The Scriptures. Mr. Kushner has adapted and translated Pierre Corneille's The Illusion, S.Y. Ansky's The Dybbuk, Bertolt Brecht's The Good Person of Sezuan and Mother Courage and Her Children; and the English-language libretto for the opera Brundibár by Hans Krasa. He also wrote the screenplays for Mike Nichols' film of Angels in America, and Steven Spielberg's Munich. His books include Brundibar, with illustrations by Maurice Sendak; The Art of Maurice Sendak, 1980 to the Present; and Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict, co-edited with Alisa Solomon. Mr. Kushner is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize, two Tony Awards, three Obie Awards, two Evening Standard Awards, an Olivier Award, an Emmy Award and an Oscar nomination, among other honors. In 2008, he was the first recipient of the Steinberg Distinguished Playwright Award. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Mark Harris.
Signature Theatre Company, founded in 1991 by James Houghton, exists to honor and celebrate the playwright. Signature makes an extended commitment to a playwright's body of work, and during this journey, the writer is engaged in every aspect of the creative process. Signature is the first theatre company to devote an entire season to the work of a single playwright, including re-examinations of past writings as well as New York and world premieres. By championing in-depth explorations of a living playwright's body of work, the Company delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright's singular vision. Signature remains deeply committed to season-long residencies, and during the company's tenth and fifteenth anniversaries, Signature introduced the Legacy Program. The Legacy Program invites past Playwrights-in-Residence back to Signature through two series: the Signature Series, which presents "signature," or more well-known works; and the Premiere Series, which presents New York and world premieres. Since 2005, Signature has been committed to presenting world-class theatre at an affordable price through The Signature Ticket Initiative, which will offer subsidized $20 tickets through the Company's twentieth anniversary season in 2011.
In October of 2008, Signature announced the creation of the SIGNATURE CENTER, a permanent home to open in early 2012. Designed by Frank Gehry Architects, the Center will be comprised of three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café, bookstore, and offices all on one level - a configuration that allows the company not only the space to expand its programming, but also the proximity for natural interaction between artists and audiences of the different programs. In its new home, Signature will continue its Master Playwrights Residency and expand the Legacy Program. Signature will also introduce an Emerging Playwrights Residency that will feature early- and mid-career playwrights and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a multi-year residency. This groundbreaking facility will offer a vital presence on West 42nd Street and will make it possible for Signature to collaborate with playwrights throughout
the entire trajectory of their careers.
Signature is currently presenting the critically acclaimed first New York revival of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning ANGELS IN AMERICA: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes at The Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street). The production, directed by Michael Greif, was originally slated to play through December 19, but has been extended two times by popular demand and will play through February 20.
Signature Theatre Company's 20th Anniversary season also features the New York premiere of iHo: THE INTELLIGENT HOMOSEXUAL'S GUIDE TO CAPITALISM AND SOCIALISM WITH A KEY TO THE SCRIPTURES, also directed by Michael Greif and co-produced with The Public Theater in association with The Guthrie Theater; and THE ILLUSION, Kushner's freely adapted version of Pierre Corneille's L'Illusion Comique, directed by Tony Award-winner Michael Mayer.
The season will also include readings of selected other plays from Tony Kushner's body of work. Plays under consideration include A BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY, TINY KUSHNER (A NEW COLLECTION OF ONE ACTS), IT'S AN UNDOING WORLD, OR WHY SHOULD IT BE EASY WHEN IT CAN BE HARD?, THE HENRY BOX BROWN PLAY, HYDRIOTAPHIA, OR THE DEATH OF DR. BROWNE and HOMEBODY/KABUL.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit signaturetheatre.org or call (212) 244-PLAY (7529).
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TICKETS NOW ON SALE
A New Alice. A New Musical.
TO AMERICAN EXPRESS CARDHOLDERS
JANET DACAL, DARREN RITCHIE,
TITUSS BURGESS, JOSE LLANA, KAREN MASON, KATE SHINDLE, EDWARD STAUDENMAYER
TO OPEN ON BROADWAY
AT THE MARQUIS THEATRE
APRIL 17, 2011
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 21
Tickets are now on sale to WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical exclusively for American Express cardholders through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. Tickets will be available to the general public the week of November 22. WONDERLAND will star Janet Dacal (In The Heights) as Alice, Darren Ritchie (Little Shop of Horrors, Thoroughly Modern Millie) as White Knight, Tituss Burgess (Jersey Boys, Little Mermaid) as Caterpillar, Jose Llana (Spelling Bee, Flower Drum Song) as El Gato, Karen Mason (Hairspray, Mamma Mia!) as Queen of Hearts, Kate Shindle (Legally Blonde, Cabaret, Jekyll and Hyde) as Mad Hatter and Edward Staudenmayer (Spamalot, Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me) as White Rabbit). With a book by Gregory Boyd and Jack Murphy, lyrics by Jack Murphy, music by Frank Wildhorn, choreography by Marguerite Derricks and direction by Gregory Boyd, WONDERLAND will open at Broadway's Marquis Theatre on Sunday, April 17, 2011, and performances will begin Monday, March 21.
WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical will play a pre-Broadway engagement at the Ferguson Hall at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO) in Tampa, Florida January 4 through January 16, 2011.
The ensemble includes April Berry, Sae La Chin, Dan Domenech, Mallauri Esquibel, Derek Ferguson, Lauren Lim Jackson, Morgan James, Stefan Raulston, Julius Anthony Rubio and Danny Stiles.
The design team is comprised of Neil Patel (set), Susan Hilferty (costume), Paul Gallo (lighting) and Sven Ortel (video and projection).
WONDERLAND is the first production of the Broadway Genesis Project, an initiative by the Straz Center for the Performing Arts to develop and prepare new musical theater for Broadway. From a show's inception to final staging, the Project provides a safe and nourishing environment in a state-of-the-art complex with artistic, technical and administrative resources.
WONDERLAND was optioned by Judy Lisi, CEO of the Straz Center, and was subsequently produced as its world premiere at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL this past December. In association with the Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, in January of 2010, the show was transferred for further development, becoming one of the highest grossing shows in that theater's history.
A new spin on the classic story of Alice and her Looking-Glass world, WONDERLAND is about a modern-day woman who goes on a life-changing adventure far below the streets of New York City, where a colorful cast of strange but familiar characters help her rediscover what's really important. Featuring a fresh, contemporary pop score from the creator of Jekyll and Hyde, WONDERLAND arrives on Broadway this spring following two sold-out national stage premieres.
WONDERLAND will be produced on Broadway by the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts (Judy Lisi, President and CEO), William Franzblau and Nederlander Presentations, Inc.
Broadway ticket Information:
Tickets are now on sale for WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical exclusively to American Express cardholders through www.Ticketmaster.com or by calling 877-250-2929. Tickets will be available to general public the week of November 22.
Tampa Ticket Information:
Tickets for WONDERLAND - A New Alice. A New Musical may be purchased by calling 813.229.STAR (7827) or 800.955.1045 outside Tampa Bay, in person at the Straz Center Ticket Office or online at www.strazcenter.org
For more information about the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts and its upcoming events, please visit www.strazcenter.org
The WONDERLAND Concept CD is available through ITUNES from SONY Masterworks.
For more information, log on to www.WonderlandOnBroadway.com
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There is definitely an audience for the new play, Lombardi and I don’t mean that pejoratively in the least. Eric Simonson’s script is a fine vehicle to tell the story of Vince Lombardi... the football coach.
Lombardi is based on an amalgam of two projects by W. C. Heinz who was originally commissioned to write a biography about Vince Lombardi. He found Lombardi a tough nut to crack and the project never went forward. After rethinking the idea from a different angle, Heinz decided to follow Lombardi for a week leading up to a big game and wrote the book “Run to Daylight” about that experience. The problem with Lombardi is that we learn about Vince Lombardi the football coach but we don’t learn much about Vince Lombardi the person. Lombardi’s elusiveness is just as much of a problem here as it was to Heinz when trying to write the biography.
A theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert’s Winterreise song cycle, Three Pianos is a colorful and imaginative evening of chaos that explores Schubert’s music, life, and times. On a blustery winter night three friends—each manning a piano—perform Schubert’s famous work adding their own fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, while drinking and grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music. Eventually the three slip into a wild reenactment of a “Schubertiad,” a party similar to ones thrown by Schubert and his friends, and the audience joins in (with complimentary wine!) on an evening of hilarity and heartbreak, not to mention compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language. Three Pianos is the winner of a 2010 OBIE Award.
Rick Burkhardt is an award-winning composer, songwriter, and playwright whose original chamber music, theatre, and text pieces have been performed by dozens of ensembles in over forty US cities, as well as in Europe, Mexico, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member of the Nonsense Company, a touring experimental music/theater trio, and songwriter/accordionist for the Prince Myshkins, a political cabaret/folk duo whose songs have been performed and recorded by a wide variety of musicians across the US.
Alec Duffy is a director/playwright and is the founder of the theatre company Hoi Polloi. Recent original work includes The less we talk: a meditation on group-singing, Dysphoria (Ontological Theater) and The Top Ten People of the Millennium Sing Their Favorite Schubert Lieder, which premiered in New York and toured to Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. Duffy is a Drama League Directing Fellow and was one of seven directors nationwide to be selected for the 2007-09 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Directors.
Dave Malloy is a composer/sound designer/performer, winner of a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant and a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers. His most recent large-scale work, Beowulf – A Thousand Years of Baggage, a Banana Bag & Bodice SongPlay commissioned by Berkeley’s Shotgun Players featuring dueling trombones and 40's vocal jazz harmonies, enjoyed sold out runs in Berkeley and New York, received the 2008 Glickman Award and appeared on the Best of 2008 lists of every major Bay Area paper (including two #1 spots).
Rachel Chavkin is the artistic director of the TEAM, with whom she has directed/co-authored six works including Particularly in the Heartland, Give Up! Start Over! (In the darkest of times I look to Richard Nixon for hope), Howl, based on the poem by Allen Ginsberg, and Architecting, produced by the National Theatre of Scotland. Outside of her work with the TEAM she has collaborated with Taylor Mac on The Lily's Revenge at HERE, playwright/composer Molly Rice and composer Ray Rizzo on Canary, and playwright Steve Yockey on Wonder. She earned her BFA at NYU where she now serves on the directing faculty at Playwrights Horizons Theater School, and earned her MFA at Columbia University.
The set design for Three Pianos is by Andreea Mincic; costume design is by Jessica Pabst; lighting design is by Austin Smith; sound design is by Matt Hubbs & Dave Malloy; video design is by Dave Malloy; production stage manager is Jessie Vacchiano.
New York Theatre Workshop, now celebrating its 28th season, is a leading voice in the world of Off-Broadway and within the theatre community in New York and around the world. NYTW has emerged as a premiere incubator of important new theatre, honoring its mission to explore perspectives on our collective history and respond to the events and institutions that shape our lives. In addition, NYTW is known for its innovative adaptations of classic repertory. Each season, from its home in New York's East Village neighborhood, NYTW presents three to five new productions, over 80 readings, and numerous workshop productions, for over 45,000 audience members. Over the past 28 years, NYTW has developed and produced over 100 new, fully staged works, including Jonathan Larson's Rent, Tony Kushner's Slavs! and Homebody/Kabul, Doug Wright's Quills, Claudia Shear's Blown Sideways Through Life and Dirty Blonde, Paul Rudnick's The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told and Valhalla, and Caryl Churchill's Mad Forest, Far Away, and A Number, and Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen’s Aftermath. The 2002 remounting of Martha Clarke's seminal work Vienna: Lusthaus and subsequent American tour was one of the longest-running productions in NYTW's history. NYTW supports artists in all stages of their careers by maintaining a series of workshop programs including work-in-progress readings, summer residencies, and minority artist fellowships. In 1991, NYTW received an OBIE Award for Sustained Achievement and in 2000 was designated to be part of the Leading National Theatres Program by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Terra Fossil is the official wine sponsor of Three Pianos.
Three Pianos plays at New York Theatre Workshop, 79 East 4th Street, between Second Avenue and Bowery. The regular performance schedule is Tuesday at 7:00pm; Wednesday through Friday at 8:00pm; Saturday at 3:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday at 2:00pm and 7:00pm. There will be a special student matinee on Thursday, January 6 at 1pm. There is no performance on Christmas Day. Three Pianos runs through Sunday, January 9, 2010. Tickets start at $65 and may be purchased online at www.ticketcentral.com, 24 hours a day, seven days a week or by phoning Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200. For exact dates and times of performance, visit www.nytw.org.
AfterWords post-performance audience discussions will take place Tuesday, December 14 after the 7pm performance; Saturday, December 18 after the 3pm performance, and Saturday, January 8 after the 8pm performance.
NYTW is pleased make theatre accessible to everyone with its $20 CheapTix Sundays program. A dedicated number of tickets for Sunday evening performances at 7:00pm can be purchased in person at the NYTW Box Office for only $20. Tickets may be purchased in advance, payable in cash only and are available to all audience members.
NYTW also has $20 student tickets available for all performances. Student tickets may be purchased in advance from the NYTW Box Office with valid student identification.
The NYTW Box office is open 1:00pm to 6:00pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
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Earlier this year The Supreme Court ruled that corporations can now donate unlimited funds to politicians because they are entitled to the same rights as private citizens. Subjective Theatre Company’s Corporate Personhood Play Festival will present nine 10-minute plays inspired by this ruling. Featuring new works by James Comtois, Fernanda Coppel, Matthew-Lee Erlbach, Julia Holleman, Patricia Ione Lloyd, Jerome Parker, Lucille Scott, Leegrid Stevens, and Melisa Tien.
The soil is toxic, food is scarce, and corporate forces have taken control of all Kansas farms after a nuclear disaster. One farm in remote Seward may be the exception to the rulers.
A snapshot of how great events affect small people, an illustration of the invisible connections we share with others, and a meditation on the responsibility of the corporation versus the responsibility of the individual.
A comedic melodrama about how two scrappy young corporations in the 1880s persuade the Supreme Court to believe in their humanity using the only means at their disposal - passion, conviction, and, let's not forget, money.
Menthol cigarettes, buff black men and corporate America’s racism; or just another day in the U.S. of A. What have we learned from the world's leader of incarcerating its residents? How target advertising maximizes corporate profits, to laugh at tragedy, and how to get killer abs.
An employee pines, if not yearns, for an administrative assistant from afar. And by "afar," we mean "five feet away."
Leslie and Ryan work for Brooklyn Skank, an overpriced and trendy boutique in Brooklyn that is famous for its T-shirts that say "Made by a Brooklyn Skank." Part of their daily routine is answering the age-old question, "Are these Brooklyn Skank T-shirts actually made by a Skank?" Leslie and Ryan have a stock answer that is approved by the Brooklyn Skank Corporation, but as this story unravels you get the sense that Leslie and Ryan have no idea how these garments are made and who makes them.
Lawrence has put his heart and soul into building a non-profit that aids inner cities on a national level. As he prepares to turn over his reign to his young nephew, the woman who helped him build the foundation plans her revenge for being passed over for the top position. A short play about the ties that bind mixed with live jazz.
Target reflects on his difficult childhood.
In Oh Donna a beautiful young heiress (and friend of Paris Hilton's) who has orgasmic tendencies with organic juice and a few secrets, takes over the world's third largest communications company. Soon quite a bit of juice is spilled, along with a few drops of blood…
JAMES COMTOIS (Playwright) is the co-founder of the New York-based indie theatre company, Nosedive Productions, for which he has written over 20 plays in the past 10 years. His play, Infectious Opportunity, was recently nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Full-Length Script and has been published by Original Works Publishing. The New York Theatre Experience has published another play of his, The Adventures of Nervous-Boy, in Plays and Playwrights 2007.
FERNANDA COPPEL (Playwright) was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico, and raised in San Diego California. Her play Chimi-Changas and Zololft was the winner of the Asuncion Queer Latino Festival at Pregones Theater (Bronx) and has had readings at both Atlantic Theater and The Public Theater. She was a translator in the Lark Theater's US/Mexico Exchange Festival last fall. Last summer her short play, that douche bag's play was produced by The Old Vic in London. She received her MFA from NYU and won the John Holden Playwriting Award. She is currently in her second year of residence in the Lila Acheson Wallace Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School.
MATTHEW-LEE ERLBACH (Playwright) is a Puffin Grant recipient for his play Handbook for an American Revolutionary, opening Off-Bway in January 2011. He is a contributor to The Huffington Post and writer/producer with Nickelodeon, after spending two years at WWE (formerly WWF…yeah, TV wrestling). He was also a 2010 Finalist for Juilliard’s Lila Acheson Playwriting Fellowship and twice a Princess Grace Semifinalist for his plays Jesus; Kidnapped and Republik. His socio-political satire Happy Sunshine Kung Fu Flower was developed by Ars Nova, featuring guests ranging from Rachel Maddow to Amy Goodman. His work has been developed and produced at MCC, Ars Nova, The Ohio, The Zipper, Nuyorican, and Tisch/NYU Grad among others. As an actor he has worked Off-Bway, regionally, on Comedy Central and on “Law & Order: SVU”.
JULIA HOLLEMAN (Playwright) is the Resident Playwright of STC and head writer on CoLab, its collaborative theatre wing (shows: TELL, Parallax, Swallow). She co-wrote and co-created STC'’s Party Discipline (January 2007).Her play Face of Beauty was produced in December 2008, and excerpts of it were published in Unsaid Magazine in February 2008 and June 2009. Recently, her play Now I am Finally Awake was selected to be in NYU’s Festival of New Works in March 2010. Julia is attending NYU'’s MFA Dramatic Writing program.
PATRICIA IONE LLOYD (Playwright) is part of the Smithsonian Griot Project and Folk Life Archive for the Library of Congress – Audio Interviews. She is a 2010 playwright in residence for the Women’s Lab at New Perspectives Theatre Company in New York and a 2010 playwright in residence for Brown University Black Lavender Project. She was a 2009 playwright in residence at the University of Mumbai, India, where a reading of her play Black Tale was presented. She received New Professional Theatre’s Emerging Playwright Award for her play, Black Tale and Downtown Urban Theatre Festival’s Best Play Award for her play, This Train is Bound for Glory. She was a resident playwright in 2009 with Freedom Train productions where they presented a reading of her play Dirty Little Black Girls. Dixon Place in NYC also presented an excerpt reading of Dirty Little Black Girls as part of their Hot Summer Play Festival. She is also a guest lecturer at NYU. Patricia believes in the power of arts education to change lives and society. She is a teaching artist for the Theatre Development Fund where she teaches beginning playwriting in NYC high schools. Ione volunteers for Rhythm Visions Production Company, a non-profit arts organization that works in communities of color. She is a member of the College Board’s National Task Force on Arts in Education.
JEROME PARKER (Playwright) is a playwright from NYC. His plays have been seen at the Old Vic, the Company of Angels, Celebration Theatre and the Cherry Lane amongst others. He is the 2008 winner of the Lorraine Hansberry Award and a member of this year’s writers group at The Public Theater.
LUCILE BAKER SCOTT (Playwright) is a New York City-based writer and director and an executive member of Mighty Little Productions, an award winning collaboration based theater company. Her work has been featured around town at many a venue including The Cherry Lane Studio, Theater for The New City, WOW Cafe Theater, The Bowery Poetry Club, The Workshop Theater, The Red Room and The Kraine. Many of the productions have even won awards in festivals. She is also a court reporter and a freelance journalist and has traveled to destinations including Jamaica and India to report on the global AIDS epidemic. A native Kentuckian, she moved to New York after graduating from Northwestern University.
LEEGRID STEVENS (Playwright) plays have been seen in downtown New York theatres such as HERE Arts Center, Lark Theatre, Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, Theater for the New City, Altered Stages, and Spring Theatreworks’ Dumbo space as well as several theaters across the US and Europe. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Brooklyn Publishers, Smith & Kraus, Stage Tribes, and by Martin Denton in his Plays and Playwrights Anthology. Stevens was also named as one of the “People of the Year” by nytheatre.com saying, "Indisputably one of the smartest and most innovative young playwright/directors working in New York's Indie theatre scene.”Stevens graduated from Columbia’s School of the Arts with an MFA in Playwriting where he won the John Golden Playwriting Award while being mentored by John Guare.
MELISA TIEN (Playwright) is a California transplant whose plays have been developed/produced here and there--in New York City: Daughter of Heaven (Theater for the New City, Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center), Familium Vulgare (New Dramatists, UNDER St. Marks), Ginger (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Secret Life of the Office Worker (Theater at Riverside Church), Yes, Madly (Second Stage), The Hiding Place (59E59 Theatres), Azad Nazem (Free Verse, Manhattan Repertory Theatre), and Odyssey (The Tank/Collective Unconscious); in Garden City, NY: Hindsight (Adelphi University); in Baton Rouge, LA: Hindsight (Hatcher Theater); in Aspen, CO: The Hiding Place (Black Box); and in Mumbai, India: Daughter of Heaven (Mumbai University). She has presented work at the Women Playwrights International Conference and the Great Plains Theatre Conference co-founded by Edward Albee; she was a 2007 Winner of the Theater Masters MFA Playwright Award; and she has taught playwriting to young children, undergraduates, and graduate students. Melisa holds a BA in English from UCLA and an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University. She is a proud member of the 2010-2012 Women’s Project Writers Lab.
HORSE TRADE THEATER GROUP is a self-sustaining theater development group; with a focus on new work, it has produced a massive quantity of stimulating downtown theater. Horse Trade’s Resident Artist Program offers a home to a select group of Independent Theater artists, pooling together a great deal of talent and energy. It is also the home of FRIGID New York – the first and only festival of its kind in New York City.
AUTHOR OF THE SOURCE MATERIAL FOR
F R E U D’ S L A S T S E S S I O N
TO HOST SPECIAL POST-PERFORMANCE DISCUSSION
THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7
FREUD’S LAST SESSION, the new hit play by Mark St. Germain, will host a special post-performance discussion this Sunday, November 7th led by famed author and Harvard psychiatrist Dr. Armand M. Nicholi, Jr., whose bestselling book The Question of God served as the inspiration for Germain’s celebrated play. Dr. Nicholi will be joined in Sunday's onstage event by Mark St. Germain as well as the show’s stars, Mark H. Dold (C.S. Lewis) and Martin Rayner (Sigmund Freud). They will also conduct a Q & A session with the audience.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION opened Off-Broadway July 22nd to rave reviews and immediately became a sellout sensation. This strictly limited engagement is set to run through November 28th at the Marjorie S. Deane Little Theater, 10 West 64th Street (at Central Park West).
Under the direction of Tyler Marchant, the 2009 world premiere of FREUD’S LAST SESSION at Barrington Stage Company (MA) was extended twice and brought back by popular demand for two subsequent encore engagements. It holds the record as the longest-running show in Barrington Stage's history.
Dr. Nicholi’s book The Question of God presents an imagined debate between the militantly atheist founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud, and Mere Christianity author, C.S. Lewis. The Question of God proved to be so successful that PBS subsequently produced a four-hour TV special under the same title.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION centers on the legendary Dr. Sigmund Freud, who invites the young, rising academic star C.S. Lewis to his home in London. Lewis, expecting to be called on the carpet for satirizing Freud in a recent book, soon realizes Freud has a much more significant agenda. On the day England enters World War II, Freud and Lewis clash on the existence of God, the joy of love, the purpose of sex, and the meaning of life – just a few weeks before Freud's own death. Not just a powerful debate, this is a profound and deeply touching play about two men who boldly addressed the greatest questions of all time.
FREUD’S LAST SESSION is presented Off-Broadway by Carolyn Rossi Copeland, Robert Stillman and Jack Thomas.
Performances are Tuesdays at 7pm, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8pm, with matinees Wednesday and Saturday at 2pm and Sunday at 3pm. Tickets are $65 and are available by calling 866-811-4111 or through www.FreudsLastSession.com. There will be no performance on Thanksgiving, November 25th and there will be a special added matinee on Friday, November 26th at 2pm. A limited number of $20 Student Rush tickets (with valid student ID) are available at the box office beginning three hours prior to each performance.
For more information, visit www.FreudsLastSession.com.
At New World Stages
“Enchanting” NY Times
“Dazzling succession of bubbles in mind-blowing configurations” Time Out NY
“An unforgettable extravaganza.” City Guide
“The Gazillion Bubble Show earns its claim on the word spectacular.”
New York – For the past three years Fan, Ana and Jano Yang have been entertaining audiences in the most unbbubblievable family show in New York, the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW. On September 24th, the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW will begin “The Next Generation” introducing the son of Fan Yang, 20 year old Bubble Super- Star Deni Yang.* Opening night is Friday, November 5, 2010.
NY’s obsession with the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW began in January 2007, where its initial nine performances turned into three hit years at NY’s New World Stages, performing over 1,400 performances (that’s a lot of bubbles!) and has been seen on almost every major TV show including “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “The David Letterman Show,” “Live with Regis and Kelly,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” “Fox & Friends,” “The View,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” CNBC, FOX, NBC, ABC, CW11, NY1 as well as television stations around the world.
“The Next Generation” of the GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW comes with an exciting new theatrical atmosphere, an amazing new bubble-laser spectacular, and the introduction of Bubble Super Star Deni Yang. GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW – The Next Generation now truly becomes a family affair that will amaze you with mind blowing bubble magic. Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again! The GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW – The Next Generation is an unbubblievable extravaganza for everyone unlike anything you have ever seen before. Adults and children of all ages are sure to be enchanted.
You have to experience it to believe it!
TICKETS ON SALE THROUGH FEBRUARY 2011
GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
“The Next Generation”
Beginning performances on September 24,2010
Opening November 5, 2010
New World Stages Theatre located at 340 West 50th Street
Friday at 7PM
Saturday at 11AM/ 2PM/ 4:30PM
Sunday at 12noon/ 3PM
Wednesday Matinees 11AM/ 2PM (beginning Nov 24)
Tickets are $44.50 -$89.50 (VIP package) and can be purchased at
Telecharge at 212.239.6200 or at www.telecharge.com
Running time is 75 minutes no intermission
For more information, please visit: www.gazillionbubbleshow.com or Click Here for Photos
This show is fun for the whole family and appropriate for ages 1 to 100!
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The Public Theater
The New York Premiere of
The Tricycle Theatre Company’s
The Great Game: Afghanistan
Featuring 12 Plays, In Three Parts,
By Richard Bean, Lee Blessing, David Edgar,
David Greig, Amit Gupta, Ron Hutchinson,
Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Ben Ockrent,
Simon Stephens, Colin Teevan, and Joy Wilkinson
Directed by Nicolas Kent and Indhu Rubasingham
November 4, 2010 – The Public Theater (Artistic Director Oskar Eustis; Executive Director Andrew D. Hamingson) announced complete casting today for THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN, the acclaimed Tricycle Theatre Company production that will be presented in three parts in association with and at NYU Skirball Center from December 1 through December 19 with an official press opening on Tuesday, December 7. Directed by Nicolas Kent and Indhu Rubasingham, THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN is an ambitious political and theatrical event that was recently nominated for an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement.
Through the eyes of 12 leading British and American playwrights and the voices of those actively involved in the war and on U.S. & NATO policy in Afghanistan, THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN explores, in three separate thrilling and provocative parts, the culture and history of Afghanistan since Western involvement in 1842 to the present day. The three parts can be seen in any order; marathon performances will be held on weekends.
“The Great Game is a rare and precious achievement, a theatrical event that actually leaves you knowing far more about the real world. We are in the ninth year of our war in Afghanistan and yet so much of that country's history remains a mystery to us,” said Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “In thrilling, dramatic form The Great Game brings that history to life. Nick Kent and his extraordinary company have my deepest admiration for their vision and integrity. I wish every American could see The Great Game; we would be a better and wiser country if we did.”
THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN features 12 plays by Richard Bean, Lee Blessing, David Edgar, David Greig, Amit Gupta, Ron Hutchinson, Stephen Jeffreys, Abi Morgan, Ben Ockrent, Simon Stephens, Colin Teevan, and Joy Wilkinson.
The cast for THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN features Daniel Betts, Sheena Bhattessa, Michael Cochrane, Karl Davies, Vincent Ebrahim, Nabil Elouahabi, Shereen Martineau, Tom McKay, Daniel Rabin, Danny Rahim, Raad Rawi, Jemma Redgrave, Cloudia Swann, and Rick Warden.
Part 1: “Invasions & Independence – 1842-1930,” starts with the first Anglo-Afghan War of 1842 and moves to Afghan independence in the 1920s. Part 2: “Communism, The Mujahideen & The Taliban – 1979-1996,” continues the story from the Russian invasion, through to US/CIA arming of the Mujahideen to the coming of the Taliban. Part 3: “Enduring Freedom – 1996-2010” starts with the events leading up to September 9, 2001 in Northern Afghanistan, through to the overthrow of Taliban, the aid agencies working in the country and the current war against the insurgents.
To further enrich the audiences’ experience, The Public Theater, The Play Company, and New York University’s Skirball Center will present THE GREAT GAME: In Conversation series, which will consist of on-going post-show discussions with notable panelists, a film screening, and a Public Forum event. Be sure to check out our website for the most up-to-date information and to read about the panelists.
THE GREAT GAME: In Conversation Series Schedule:
Wednesday, December 1: “Reporting Afghanistan,” a post-show panel discussion after Part 1.
Tuesday, December 7: Screening of the film Camp Victory, Afghanistan and a post-film discussion with the filmmaker
Thursday, December 9: “The Road to Governing Afghanistan,” a post-show panel discussion after Part 2.
Tuesday, December 14: “Afghanistan after America, America after Afghanistan,” a Public Forum event
Friday, December 17: “Rights and Development in Afghanistan,” a post-show panel discussion after Part 3.
In addition to these special events, The Skirball Center will showcase the work of photojournalists Robert Nickelsberg and Ed Grazda. Around performance times, the Skirball Center lobby will feature a bazaar with books and handmade arts and crafts from Afghanistan in the lobby.
RICHARD BEAN (Playwright). His work for the stage includes The Big Fellah (Out of Joint/Lyric Hammersmith), a stage version of David Mamet’s House of Games (Almeida), English People Very Nice (Olivier National Theatre), The English Game (produced by Headlong), In The Club (Hampstead Theatre), a version of Moliere’s The Hypochondriac (Almeida), Harvest, Honeymoon Suite, Under the Whaleback and Toast (all at the Royal Court), The God Botherers (Bush Theatre), Le Pub!, The Mentalists (Lyttelton Loft, National Theatre), Up On Roof (Hull Truck), Smack Family Robinson (Live Theatre Newcastle) and Mr. England (Sheffield Crucible Theatre).
LEE BLESSING (Playwright). His plays have been seen on and off‐Broadway as well as in resident theatres throughout the U.S. Recent openings have included A Body of Water at Primary Stages, Great Falls in Actors Theatre of Louisville’s Humana New Play Festival and When We Go Upon The Sea at InterAct Theater in Philadelphia, which also transferred to 59E59 Theatre. His work has received nominations for Olivier and Tony Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize.
DAVID EDGAR (Playwright) is one of England’s foremost political playwrights. His newly‐commissioned translation of Ibsen’s The Master Builder will be produced at Chichester this year. His recent plays include Testing The Echo for Out of Joint (which premiered in London at the Tricycle) and a stage adaptation of Julian Barnes’ Arthur and George at the Birmingham Rep last year. He won the Arts Council’s John Whiting Award for Destiny, the Laurence Olivier and Tony Awards for Best Play for his adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby, which was premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford and then transferred to the West End and Broadway, the Plays and Players’ Best Play Award for Maydays and the Evening Standard Best Play Award for Pentecost. His book about playwriting ‐ How Plays Work – was published last year.
DAVID GREIG (Playwright). His award‐winning work includes Dunsinane (RSC at the Hampstead Theatre); Midsummer (Traverse Theatre and Soho Theatre and coming to the Tricycle for Christmas 2010); Creditors (Donmar and BAM in New York), Damascus (Traverse Theatre, also produced in New York in 2009 and at the Tricycle); Brewers Fayre; Outlying Islands and Europe (Traverse Theatre); The American Pilot (RSC, Soho and MTC); Ramallah (Royal Court); Pyrenees (Paines Plough) and The Cosmonaut’s Last Message to the Woman He Once Loved in the Former Soviet Union (Donmar Warehouse). Adaptations include The Bacchae (Edinburgh International Festival and Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith); Tintin in Tibet (Barbican and The Playhouse); When the Bulbul Stopped Singing (Traverse Theatre); Caligula (Donmar) and Peter Pan (NTS, Traverse/Barbican).
AMIT GUPTA (Playwright) wrote his first play, Touch, in 1998, which was a winner of the Royal Court Young Writers’ Competition. Gupta has been a Writer in Residence at the Leicester Haymarket Theatre, and was profiled as one of Screen International’s Writer/Director Stars of Tomorrow. Gupta now writes for stage, screen and radio. He has directed a number of plays, Loveless for Channel 4, and last year wrote and directed an award‐winning short film: Love Story. He is currently working on feature film adaptations of his Radio 4 play Jadoo and Owen Sheers’ acclaimed novel Resistance.
RON HUTCHINSON (Playwright) was Writer In Residence at the Royal Shakespeare Company and has had plays performed at the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court Theatre, The Goodman, The Public Theater, The Mark Taper Forum and The Old Globe. His plays include Topless Mum and Moonlight and Magnolias (both performed at the Tricycle Theatre 2007/2008), Says I Says He and Rat in the Skull, and an adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Flight and The Master and Margarita. A winner of the John Whiting Award and other awards including the Dramatist’s Circle Award, he is an Emmy winning feature and television writer whose credits include “Murderers Among Us,” “The Simon Wiesenthal Story,” “The Josephine Baker Story,” “The Burning Season,” “The Ten Commandments,” and “Traffic.”
STEPHEN JEFFREYS (Playwright) is an internationally acclaimed playwright whose work includes Valued Friends, Hampstead Theatre (1989), winner of the Evening Standard and Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright; The Clink, Paines Plough (1990), for whom he was Art Council Writer in Residence from 1987‐1989 and The Libertine, which was staged at the Royal Court Theatre to great popular and critical acclaim and went on to produced at Steppenwolf Theatre, directed by Terry Johnson and starring John Malkovich. Jeffreys’ screenplay version of the play was released in 2005 starring Johnny Depp and Samantha Morton. Other plays include A Jovial Crew (RSC); A Going Concern (Hampstead); I Just Stopped By to See The Man (Royal Court); Lost Land (Steppenwolf) and The Art of War (Sydney Theatre Company). Jeffreys is currently writing feature films for Ecosse and Fortune Films.
ABI MORGAN (Playwright). Her plays include Skinned and Sleeping Around (Paines Plough); Tiny Dynamite (Traverse); Tender (Hampstead); Splendour—which won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 2000, and Fugee (National Theatre). Her television work includes “My Fragile Heart,” “Murder,” “Sex Traffic,” “Tsunami: The Aftermath,” “White Girl,” and “Royal Wedding.” She is working on her new series called The Hour. Her film writing credits include The Invisible Woman for BBC Films, Suffragettes for Film Four, Focus and Ruby Films, Little Mermaid for Working Title and Iron Lady for DJ Films and Pathe.
BEN OCKRENT (Playwright). His first play, The Pleasure Principle, was produced at the Tristan Bates Theatre in 2007 launching their inaugural IGNITION season. In 2008 he developed Khoa San Road for BBC3/World Productions, and Kidnapped for BBC3/Company Pictures. In 2009 he wrote an episode of Material Girl for BBC1; and was nominated as a Broadcast Magazine “Hotshot”. He is developing a new comedy series for BBC3/Hartswood Film and a new play for the Tricycle Theatre.
SIMON STEPHENS (Playwright) is an award‐winning playwright whose work includes Bluebird (Royal Court, 1998); Herons (Royal Court, 2001); Port (Manchester Royal Exchange, 2002 ‐ Pearson Award for Best New Play); Country Music (Royal Court, 2004); On The Shore of the Wide World (Manchester Royal Exchange / National Theatre, 2005 ‐ Olivier Award for Best New Play); Motortown (Royal Court, 2006); Harper Regan (National Theatre, 2008); Sea Wall (Bush Theatre / Traverse Theatre, 2008‐2009); Pornography (Deutsches Schauspielhaus, Hanover, 2007, Edinburgh Festival / Birmingham Rep, 2008 and Tricycle Theatre, 2009); Punk Rock (Lyric Hammersmith / Manchester Royal Exchange, 2009); The Trial of Ubu (Schauspielhaus, Essen / Toneelgroep Amsterdam, 2010); A Thousand Stars Explode In the Sky, written in collaboration with David Eldridge and Robert Holman (Lyric Hammersmith, 2010) and Marine Parade, a play with songs written by Mark Eotze (Animalink for the Brighton Festival, 2010).
COLIN TEEVAN (Playwright). His plays include How Many Miles To Basra? (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Diver and The Bee both with Hideki Noda (Soho Theatre); Monkey! (Young Vic); Missing Persons: Four Tragedies and Roy Keane (Assembly Rooms and Trafalgar Studios); Alcmaeon in Corinth (Live! Newscastle); and The Walls (National Theatre). His adaptations include Kafka’s Monkey (Young Vic followed by a world tour); Don Quixote (West Yorkshire Playhouse); Svejk (The Gate); Peer Gynt (commissioned by the National Theatre of Scotland), which had a revival at the Barbican in 2009 before going on tour. His translations include Bacchai (National Theatre), IPH (Lyric Theatre, Belfast); Cuckoos and Marathon (Gate Theatre).
JOY WILKINSON (Playwright). Her play, Acting Leader, opened at the Tricycle in June this year as part of Women, Power and Politics. Joy’s other writing credits include: Fair (Finborough Theatre and Trafalgar Studios); Felt Effects (Verity Bargate Award‐winner, Theatre 503) and The Aquatic Ape (Edinburgh Festival). She recently completed an attachment at the National Theatre Studio and is writing a new play for the Liverpool Everyman/Playhouse.
NICOLAS KENT (Director) is Artistic Director of the Tricycle where he has directed over 35 plays including all the Tricycle Tribunal plays. Most recently he directed the British premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt and the world premiere of Frank McGuinness’ Greta Garbo Came To Donegal. On BBC television he has directed “The Workshop,” “Pentecost,” “Sharing Time,” “The Colour of Justice,” “Justifying War,” and “Half The Picture,” as well as “Called To Account” and “Bloody Sunday” on BBC Radio. In London he has directed at Hampstead, the Royal Court, Young Vic, Lyric Hammersmith, Donmar Warehouse and the RSC. In the West End he co-directed Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Guantanamo: Honor Bound To Defend Freedom (also in New York); The Colour of Justice at the Victoria Palace and the National Theatre. In America, he has directed Playboy of the West Indies at the Court Theatre Chicago, Walk in the Woods at Northern Stage and The Workshop in New York.
INDHU RUBASINGHAM (Director) is renowned in the U.K. for her work with new writing. She recently commissioned, directed and produced an acclaimed season of nine new plays at the Tricycle Theatre entitled Women, Power and Politics. Prior to this, she directed the European premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Ruined at the Almeida Theatre. Other European premieres include: for the Hampstead Theatre, Yellowman by Dael Orlandersmith (shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize); Pulitzer Prize-winning Anna in the Tropics by Nilo Cruz, and Fabulation by Lynn Nottage (Tricycle Theatre). World premieres include Detaining Justice; Starstruck (recipient of the George Devine Award) and Darfur: How Long Is Never? (all for the Tricycle Theatre). For the Royal Court Theatre: Lift Off, Clubland—Evening Standard Best New Playwright Award (both by Roy Williams); Free Outgoing—shortlisted for Evening Standard Best New Playwright Award—and Disconnect (both by Anupama Chandrasekhar); Sugar Mummies (by Tanika Gupta). For the Royal National Theatre Indhu has directed The Waiting Room and The Ramayana (also at Birmingham Rep).
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY'S JACK H. SKIRBALL CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for NYU and lower Manhattan. Led by Executive Producer Jay Oliva (President Emeritus, NYU) and Director Michael Harrington, the programs of the Skirball Center reflect NYU's mission as an international center of scholarship, defined by excellence and innovation and shaped by an intellectually rich and diverse environment. A vital aspect of the Center's mission is to build young adult audiences for the future of live performance. www.skirballcenter.nyu.edu
THE TRICYCLE THEATER has established a unique reputation for presenting plays that reflect the cultural diversity of its community; in particular plays by Black, Irish, Jewish, Asian and South African writers, as well as for responding to contemporary issues and events with its ground-breaking ‘tribunal plays’, and political work. The first of its 'Tribunal Plays': Half the Picture (a dramatization of the Scott Arms to Iraq Inquiry), was the first play ever to be performed in the Houses of Parliament. Other notable theatre productions include the British premiere of The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler (later re-staged for the Royal Shakespeare Company) and the world premiere of The Playboy of the West Indies by Mustapha Matura, which subsequently received more than twenty productions all over the world and was televised for BBC Television. West End transfers from the Tricycle also include The Amen Corner by James Baldwin, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and The Price by Arthur Miller. Transfers to Broadway Kat and the Kings, Stones in His Pockets, and The 39 Steps. The Tricycle is comprised of a theatre, cinema, art gallery, café and bar, which are open all year round and is proud to have its home in the London Borough of Brent.
THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at its downtown headquarters, Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 54 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair; and this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. www.publictheater.org.
THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN begins performances at NYU Skirball Center on Wednesday, December 1 and continues through Sunday, December 19 with an official press opening on Tuesday, December 7. Full price tickets begin at $70 for each part of the trilogy; a ticket to all three parts is available for a combined discount price of $145. Public Theater Members receive additional discounts on tickets for THE GREAT GAME: AFGHANISTAN.
Single tickets are on sale now and available at (212) 352-3101, www.publictheater.org, or in person at NYU Skirball Center Box Office.
For more information and complete performance schedule, please visit www.publictheater.org
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The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for
The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
The Public’s 2010-2011 downtown season is made possible with the generous support of both The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and The Ian Madover and Arielle Tepper Madover Family Foundation. Time Warner is the Supporting Sponsor of The Public’s 2010-2011 season.
Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.
Major support for The Public Theater is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and by Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton.
Additional generous support is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Shen Family Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
New York Magazine is the official print and online sponsor of The Public Theater’s 2010-2011
Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts, an independent federal agency.
Special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of The Public Theater.
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The Public Theater
“Who Lost America?”
How Our Politics and Culture Have Changed
In The 10 Years Since Bush v. Gore
On Monday, November 15
Hosted by Oskar Eustis,
Politically Charged Public Forum Evening
Features Lisa Kron, Hendrik Hertzberg, and Sam Tanenhaus
Members of The Civilians Will Conclude the Evening
With Songs About America By Michael Friedman
November 4, 2010 –The Public Theater (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director) announced the line-up today for the second Public Forum event, “Who Lost America? How Our Politics and Culture Have Changed in the 10 Years Since Bush v. Gore”, on Monday, November 15 at 8 p.m. Curated by Jeremy McCarter, The Public Forum is an exciting new series of lectures, debates and conversations that showcase leading voices in the arts, politics and the media. Tickets are $25 and are on sale now.
The season’s second Public Forum event, “Who Lost America?” coincides with The Public’s current production of Lisa Kron’s In The Wake. Leading voices from across the political spectrum and the arts will consider how our society has changed in the decade since Bush v. Gore, and what we can do to fix what ails us today. The provocative conversation will be hosted by Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis.
The three-part, 90-minute evening will begin with a talk by In The Wake Playwright Lisa Kron. Following the address, a roundtable of brilliant minds who straddle the worlds of politics and culture will debate what the last 10 years has done to our society; the conversation will feature Lisa Kron, Hendrik Hertzberg (The New Yorker), Sam Tanenhaus (New York Times Book Review), and will be moderated by Jeremy McCarter. The evening will conclude with members of The Civilians performing songs about America written by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson’s acclaimed composer Michael Friedman.
The Public Forum’s fall season will continue on Monday, November 29 with a one-on-one conversation between Stephen Sondheim and Tony Kushner (Angels in America, Caroline, or Change) discussing Sondheim’s book Finishing the Hat, his craft, and the theatrical life. The evening will be hosted by Rocco Landesman, the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, who has produced shows by both writers. Tuesday, December 14 will conclude the fall Public Forum season with Afghanistan After America, America After Afghanistan, a challenging discussion on the conflicts in Afghanistan held in conjunction with The Public Theater’s presentation of The Great Game: Afghanistanat New York University’s Skirball Center.
OSKAR EUSTIS is the Artistic Director of The Public Theater and has worked as a director, dramaturg, and artistic director for theaters around the country. From 1981 through 1986, he was resident director and dramaturg at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco, and Artistic Director until 1989, when he moved to the L.A.’s Mark Taper Forum as Associate Artistic Director until 1994. Eustis then served as Artistic Director at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island for eleven years. In 2005 he took the helm at New York’s Public Theater. Throughout his career, Eustis has been dedicated to the development of new plays as both a director and a producer. At The Public he directed the New York premiere of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise and Hamlet. At Trinity Rep, he directed the world premiere of Paula Vogel’s The Long Christmas Ride Home (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production); Homebody/Kabul (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production); the world premiere of Rinne Groff’s The Ruby Sunrise; Angels in America, Part I: Millennium Approaches (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director); Angels in America, Part II: Perestroika;as well as world premieres of plays by Philip Kan Gotanda, David Henry Hwang, Emily Mann, Suzan-Lori Parks, Ellen McLaughlin, and Eduardo Machado. He commissioned Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the Eureka Theatre Company in San Francisco and directed its world premiere at the Mark Taper Forum. Eustis was the lead producer on the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair on Broadway and the current Broadway productions of Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and The Merchant of Venice.
MICHAEL FRIEDMAN. His work at The Public includes the hit Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, which has transferred to Broadway’s Bernard Jacobs Theatre, as well as Paris Commune, Romeo and Juliet, Satellites, The Seagull, and Cymbeline. This fall, he also wrote music for Tony Kushner’s Angels in America at the Signature Theatre. Upcoming projects include Pretty Filthy, a musical about the adult film industry with The Civilians, an adaptation of Jonathan Lethem’s novel, Fortress of Solitude, and commissions from Playwrights Horizons, the Huntington Theatre, and Oregon Shakespeare Festival. His work with The Civilians includes This Beautiful City, [I Am] Nobody’s Lunch, Canard, Canard, Goose? and the long-running Gone Missing. His other work as composer/lyricist includes Saved (Playwrights Horizons), Hoover Comes Alive! (La Jolla Playhouse),The Brand New Kid (Kennedy Center), and In the Bubble (at AMTP). His music has also been heard at NYTW, the Roundabout, Second Stage, Soho Rep, Theater for a New Audience, Signature, and The Acting Company, and regionally at the Guthrie, The Huntington, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Humana Festival, ART, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and internationally at London’s Soho and Gate Theatres, and the Edinburgh Festival.
HENDRIK HERTZBERG is a senior editor and staff writer at The New Yorker, where he frequently writes the Comment, in The Talk of the Town. His work is collected in two books, Obamanos! and Politics.
LISA KRON’s best-known plays include Well(included in Best Plays of 2004and produced on Broadway in 2006 in a production that earned two Tony nominations) and 2.5 Minute Ride (Obie, L.A. Drama-Logue, GLAAD Media Award). Honors include Guggenheim, Lortel, Lark and Sundance fellowships, and awards from Creative Capital and the Alpert Foundation. Lisa is a founding member of the Obie and Bessie-Award-winning theatre company The Five Lesbian Brothers. In the works: a new musical with composer Jeanine Tesori, as well as commissioned plays from the Sloan Foundation with Playwrights Horizons and from Drew University. Kron teaches playwriting at Yale School of Drama.
JEREMY McCARTER is the director of The Public Forum. He writes about culture and politics for Newsweek and is the editor of Bite the Hand That Feeds You: Essays and Provocations by Henry Fairlie (Yale University Press, 2009). Until 2008, he was the drama critic for New York Magazine. He has written for The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, and The New York Sun.
SAM TANENHAUS is editor of The New York Times Book Review. He writes for The Times and other publications on politics, literature, and culture. His essays, reviews, and articles have also appeared in The New Republic, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, The New York Review of Books, Slate, and more. His latest book, The Death of Conservatism, was just released in paperback.
THE CIVILIANS are the investigative theater company founded by Steve Cosson which aims to create new theater from creative inquiries into the most vital questions of the present and find new means to connect with a diverse audience, pursuing under-explored subjects including those political and controversial in nature. Shows created by The Civilians include: Gone Missing, This Beautiful City, and (I Am) Nobody's Lunch.
THE PUBLIC THEATER (Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director; Andrew D. Hamingson, Executive Director)was founded by Joseph Papp in 1954 and is now one of the nation’s preeminent cultural institutions, producing new plays, musicals, and productions of classics at its downtown headquarters and at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. The Public’s mandate to create a theater for all New Yorkers continues to this day onstage and through extensive outreach and education programs. Each year, over 250,000 people attend Public Theater-related productions and events at six downtown stages, including Joe’s Pub, and Shakespeare in the Park. The Public has won 42 Tony Awards, 151 Obies, 41 Drama Desk Awards and four Pulitzer Prizes. The Public has brought 55 shows to Broadway, including Sticks and Bones; That Championship Season; A Chorus Line; The Pirates of Penzance; The Tempest; Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk; On the Town; The Ride Down Mt. Morgan; Topdog/Underdog; Elaine Stritch at Liberty; Take Me Out; Caroline, or Change; Well; Passing Strange; the Tony Award-winning revival of Hair; and this fall, the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and the 2010 Shakespeare in the Park production of The Merchant of Venice. www.publictheater.org.
All tickets for The Public Forum are $25. Single tickets for “Who Lost America?” on Monday, November 15 at 8 p.m. are on sale now at (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at The Public Theater Box Office. The Public Theater is located at 425 Lafayette Street.
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The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for
The Public Theater’s year-round activities.
The Public’s 2010-2011 downtown season is made possible with the generous support of both The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation and The Ian Madover and Arielle Tepper Madover Family Foundation.
Time Warner is the Supporting Sponsor of The Public’s 2010-2011 season.
Bank of America is the proud Season Sponsor of Shakespeare in the Park.
Major support for The Public Theater is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Shubert Foundation, the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Susan Stein Shiva Foundation, the George T. Delacorte Fund at the New York Community Trust—Fund for Performances at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and by Warren Spector and Margaret Whitton.
Additional generous support is provided by Apollo Management, the Horace W.
Goldsmith Foundation, The Shen Family Foundation, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
New York Magazine is the official print and online sponsor of
The Public Theater’s 2010-2011 downtown season.
Public support is provided by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency; and the National Endowment for the Arts,
an independent federal agency.
Special thanks to Continental Airlines, the official airline of The Public Theater.
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TONY AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL
WELCOMES NEW NINA TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD NOVEMBER 15
The producers of the 2008 Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical In The Heights have announced that Arielle Jacobs will make her Broadway debut as Nina Rosario on Monday, November 15, 2010 at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th Street). Jordin Sparks will play her final performance as Nina on Sunday, November 14, 2010. As previously announced In The Heights will play its final Broadway performance Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 7pm, with Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda re-joining the cast on Saturday, December 25, 2010.
Arielle Jacobs makes her Broadway debut in In The Heights directly from playing Nina in the National tour of In The Heights. She has also played Gabriella in the National tour of High School Musical, and appeared in workshops for the musicals MASK, GoGo Beach, and It Shoulda Been You. TV/film credits include “Commander in Chief,” “Dance War,” “Water Lilies” and “Disney’s 365.” She created the eco-website www.HelpHealTheEarth.com; and is a published author in holistic Journey Magazine and WOMAN.ca.
Now in its third year on Broadway In The Heights began previews on Broadway Thursday, February 14, 2008, after a six-month award-winning 2007 Off-Broadway run. The musical opened on Broadway to critical acclaim Sunday, March 9, 2008, and recouped its $10 million investment in 10 months. In The Heightsis the winner of four 2008 Tony Awards and has a book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, is conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, has music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and is directed by Thomas Kail. With music supervision by Alex Lacamoire, Zachary Dietz is music director of In The Heights and music arrangements are by Alex Lacamoire and Bill Sherman. In The Heights features a scenic design by Anna Louizos, costumes by Paul Tazewell, lighting by Howell Binkley and sound by Acme Sound Partners. In The Heights is produced by Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller, Jill Furman Willis, Sander Jacobs, Robyn Goodman/Walt Grossman, Peter Fine and Sonny Everett/Mike Skipper with associate producers Ruth Hendel and Harold Newman.
In The Heights is about a vibrant and tight-knit community at the top of the island of Manhattan. The music pulses with the hopes and dreams of three generations as they struggle to forge an identity in a neighborhood on the brink of transition.
Tickets for In The Heights range from $41.50 to $131.50, and can be purchased at the Richard Rodgers Box Office or at www.ticketmaster.com. The playing schedule for In The Heights is as follows: Tuesdays and Sundays at 7pm, Monday, Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm. There will be added performances Wednesday, November 24 at 8pm, Friday, November 26 at 2pm, Wednesday, December 22 at 2pm and 8pm, and Wednesday, December 29 at 2pm and 8pm. There will be no performances Sunday, November 28, Friday, December 24, Saturday, December 25 at 2pm, Friday December 31, and Sunday, January 2 at 7pm. Please contact www.ticketmaster.com for special holiday pricing.
For more information on In The Heights: www.intheheightsthemusical.com
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