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
See the Super Bowl Trophy In-Person at LOMBARDI
Take your picture with a legend! The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy, named for the iconic Hall of Fame football coach and title character of the Broadway play LOMBARDI, will be on display in the lower lobby of the Circle in the Square Theatre from Tuesday, November 9 to Sunday November 14 for anyone holding tickets to that day's performance.
Directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, LOMBARDI is an original play by Academy Award-winning playwright Eric Simonson, based on the best-selling biography When Pride Still Mattered: A Life of Vince Lombardi by Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss. Joining producers Tony Ponturo and Fran Kirmser as special producing partner is the National Football League, marking the organization's first foray on Broadway.
Starring Dan Lauria as Vince Lombardi and Judith Light as his wife Marie, the cast also features Keith Nobbs as Michael McCormick, Bill Dawes as Paul Hornung, Robert Christopher Riley as Dave Robinson and Chris Sullivan as Jim Taylor.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or in person at the Box Office (50th Street, West of Broadway).
LOMBARDI plays Tuesdays at 7 PM, Wednesdays through Saturdays at 8pm, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2pm, and Sunday matinees at 3pm.
TIME STANDS STILL
ANNOUNCES COMPLETE NOVEMBER TALK BACK SCHEDULE
SPECIAL NOVEMBER 30 TALK BACK TO FEATURE
ABC NEWS' BOB WOODRUFF & WIFE LEE WOODRUFF,
PSYCHIATRIST ROBERT JAY LIFTON & MORE MAGAZINE'S LESLEY JANE SEYMOUR
TIME STANDS STILL, the Tony nominated hit play currently playing at the Cort Theatre (138 West 48th Street), announces the complete November schedule for its talk back series. Each TIME STANDS STILL talk back features noted experts from the worlds of journalism, photojournalism, foreign affairs, and leaders in the international fight to protect journalistic freedoms.
A highlight of the series will be the Tuesday, November 30 edition featuring ABC News' Bob Woodruff and his wife Lee Woodruff, co-authors of In an Instant, the book which chronicles the journey to recovery following Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. The Woodruffs will be joined by noted psychiatrist Robert Jay Lifton in a discussion that will be moderated by More Magazine editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour.
Below is the complete upcoming TIME STANDS STILL talk back schedule for the month of November:
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (sponsored by the International Center for Photography): Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carolyn Cole (Los Angeles Times), award-winning photographer and author Ron Haviv (Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul), New York Times staff photographer and Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Kamber, and Kristen Lubben associate curator at the International Center of Photography. The discussion will be moderated by the International Center for Photography's chief curator and director of exhibitions Brian Wallis.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (sponsored by Getty Images): Pulitzer Prize-winning Getty Images staff photographer John Moore, Getty news photographer Mario Tama, and Reportage by Getty Images photographer Shaul Schwarz. The talk back will be moderated by Newsweek senior international photo editor James Wellford.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (sponsored by More Magazine & The Dart Center): ABC News' Bob Woodruff and wife Lee Woodruff, co-authors of In an Instant, and psychiatrist and author Robert Jay Lifton, known for his studies of the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence. The discussion will be moderated by More Magazine's editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymor.
TIME STANDS STILL stars Laura Linney, Brian d'Arcy James, Eric Bogosian, and Christina Ricci. The play is by Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies and directed by Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan.
TIME STANDS STILL, follows Sarah and James (Laura Linney and Brian d'Arcy James), a photojournalist and a foreign correspondent trying to find happiness in a world that seems to have gone crazy. Theirs is a partnership based on telling the toughest stories and together, making a difference. But when their own story takes a sudden turn, the adventurous couple confronts the prospect of a more conventional life... and everything changes - in a flash.
Tickets range from $56.50 - $121.50 with premiere seating available from $176.50 - $251.50 with standing room (when available) at $26.50. Tickets include a $1.50 facility fee. Tickets are available through Telecharge.com, by phone at 212-239-6200, or 800-432-7250, online at www.Telecharge.com or at the Cort Theatre Box Office (138 West 48th Street).
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 (Sponsor: International Center for Photography)
Carolyn Cole began her career in 1986 as a staff photographer with the El Paso Herald-Post, a position which she occupied until 1988. She then moved to the San Francisco Examiner for two years, before spending another two years as a freelance photographer in Mexico City, working with newspapers such as the Los Angeles Times, Detroit Free Press, and Business Week. In 1992, Cole returned to being a staff photographer, working for The Sacramento Bee, before moving to the Los Angeles Times in 1994. Cole spent time in Kosovo during the 1999 crisis, and in 2001, spent two months in Afghanistan. In 2002, she received the National Press Photographers Association Newspaper Photographer of the Year award for the first time. In mid-2003, Cole went to Liberia, as rebels surrounded the capital, Monrovia, demanding the resignation of President Charles Taylor. This trip was to earn her the 2004 Pulitzer Prize. In 2004, Cole was also named both NPPA Newspaper Photographer of the Year for a second time, for her work in both Liberia and Iraq, and the Pictures of the Year International Newspaper Photographer by the University of Missouri's Missouri School of Journalism. Cole has also received the Robert Capa Gold Medal from the Overseas Press Club in both 2003 and 2004, and won two World Press Photo awards in 2004.
Ron Haviv is a photojournalist, the author of several photographic collections and the recipient of a number of awards. He also lectures at universities and has appeared on a number of television news shows. His photographs-which have received awards from World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Overseas Press Club, and the Leica Camera-have been exhibited in The Louvre as well as other museums and galleries and in the United Nations and The Council on Foreign Relations. They have been collected in Blood and Honey: A Balkan War Journal and Afghanistan: On the Road to Kabul. He is one of seven co-founders of photo agency VII, formed in 2001, along with Alexandra Boulat, Gary Knight, Antonin Kratochvil, Christopher Morris, James Nachtwey and John Stanmeyer. His media appearances have included "The Charlie Rose Show," NPR, "Good Morning America," "ABC World News Tonight," CNN, and MSNBC, as well as the documentaries Freelance in a World of Risk, Vivisect and Eyes of the World.
Michael Kamber has worked as a New York City-based freelance photographer and journalist since the late 1980s. Kamber is currently on the staff of The New York Times. In the United States, Kamber has covered immigration, homelessness, labor issues and the environment. He has also worked extensively in the Caribbean, covering politics, conflict and social issues in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, and Haiti. In Pakistan and Afghanistan he has focused on the plight of long-term Afghan refugees and the future of a post-Taliban Afghanistan. Kamber spent 2003 photographing for The New York Times in West Africa and the Middle East, covering conflicts in the Ivory Coast, the Congo, Liberia and Iraq. His work has appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers in the U.S. and Europe and is featured in two recent collections of journalism: The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2002 and Brooklyn: A State of Mind. Kamber is a former Revson Fellow at Columbia University. He has been nominated for the World Press Photo award and the Pulitzer Prize in both photography and reporting. He is also the winner of the Mike Berger Award, the Missouri School of Journalism's Lifestyle Award and the Deadline Club Award.
Kristen Lubben, associate curator at the International Center of Photography, has been a member of the curatorial staff since 1998. She has curated numerous exhibitions, including Susan Meiselas: In History; Gerda Taro; Francesc Torres: Dark Is the Room Where We Sleep; Amelia Earhart: Image and Icon; El Salvador: Work of Thirty Photographers; and Dress Codes: The Third ICP Triennial of Photography and Video with Vince Aletti, Carol Squiers, and Christopher Phillips. Lubben is the author and editor of several publications, including the catalog for the exhibition In History, which received the Kraszna Krausz Either/Or Award (UK) for best photography book of 2009 and best historical photography book from Les Recontres d'Arles. Lubben received her BA in art history and women's studies from the University of California, Irvine, and completed graduate studies in the history of art and archaeology at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.
Brian Wallis is chief curator and director of exhibitions at the International Center of Photography. Former curator, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; former senior editor, Art in America. Noted writer and editor. Publications include Art Matters: How the Culture Wars Changed America; Land Art; Constructing Masculinity; Rock My Religion: Writings and Art Projects by Dan Graham, 1965-1990; Democracy: A Project by Group Material; Blasted Allegories: Writings by Contemporary Artists; Art after Modernism: Rethinking Representation. Wallis has curated numerous exhibitions at ICP including Larry Clark, Miroslav Tichy, and the current Cuba in Revolution. Contributor to publications including Artforum, Art in America, Aperture, Washington Post, New York Times, Village Voice. Taught at Yale University, Williams College, New York University, City University of New York. B.A., Colgate University; M.A., University of Virginia, PhD.in American Studies at New York University.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 (Sponsor: Getty Images)
John Moore is a senior staff photographer for Getty Images. Since 2008 he has been based in Denver, Colorado, where he lives with his wife and two children. He had previously been based abroad for 17 years.
Moore grew up Irving, Texas and is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Radio-Television-Film. He began working for the Associated Press, first based in Nicaragua, then India, South Africa, Mexico and Egypt, working for the AP for almost 14 years.
Moore joined Getty Images in 2005 and worked throughout South Asia, Africa and the Middle East before moving back to the U.S. For the last decade he has extensively covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, working in the some of the world's most dangerous combat zones.
Moore has won top photography awards over the years from many of the world's major photographic organizations. As a Getty staffer in 2008 he was awarded both Magazine Photographer of the Year from Pictures of the Year International and Photographer of the Year from the National Press Photographers Association. His exclusive photography of the assassination of Benazir Bhutto earned him top awards from World Press Photo and the Robert Capa Gold Medal for courage in photojournalism given by the Overseas Press Club. He was also a member of the 2005 AP team which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, for coverage of the Iraq War.
Mario Tama. As a news photographer for Getty Images, Mario Tama has captured powerful imagery from the most current and vital events happening in the world around us, including the earthquake in Haiti, the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, September 11th and the funeral of Pope John Paul II. His unforgettable photographs from Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath, which were featured in National Geographic, Newsweek, various newspapers and other media around the world, earned him the prestigious Cliff Edom's New America Award at the NPPA Best of Photojournalism Awards. Tama has received numerous honors and accolades, including: Pictures of the Year International, White House News Photographers Association, NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, UNICEF Photo of the Year, Care International Award for Humanitarian Reportage, China International Press Photo Contest, and Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards. Tama was nominated for an Emmy for his documentary work on Coney Island, and his work on Baghdad's orphans was exhibited at Visa Pour L'Image in Perpignan. He studied photography at Rochester Institute of Technology and freelanced in Washington, DC for the Washington Post and Agence France-Presse before joining Getty Images in 2001.
Shaul Schwarz was born in Israel in 1974. He started his photographic career in the Israeli Air Force. After finishing his service he moved on to cover news in Israel and in the West Bank before relocating to New York in 1999.
Today he is still based in New York and works as a freelance photographer represented by Reportage by Getty Images. Shaul's work has appeared in major international publications such National Geographic Magazine, Newsweek, Time, The New York Times Magazine, Geo, Paris Match, Stern, El Pais Magazine, GQ, and Marie Claire among others. His coverage of the conflict in Haiti in 2004 received two World Press Awards. In 2005 Schwarz won the highly acclaimed Visa D'or in Perpignan for his work on Settlers from the Gaza Strip. Most recently he was honored with the 2008 Robert Capa Award given out by the Overseas Press Club. A full list of recognitions appears below.
OPC Robert Capa Gold Medal Award 2008, POY 3rd place Magazine Story of the Year 2008, PDN Photo Annual 2008, POY 3rd place Magazine News Stories 2007, American Photography 2007, Communication Arts 2007,
Visa D'or News 2005 (received at 2006 festival), Time Magazine Year in Pictures 2006, PDN 30 to watch for 2006, POY 2006 1st place Magazine news story, American Photography 2006, World Press Photo 2005 2nd place spot new, World Press Photo 2005 3rd place people in the news, POY 1st place Magazine news stories 2005, POY 1st place spot news singles 2005, American Photography 2005, NPPA 2005 2nd place Magazine news, Time Magazine Year in Pictures 2004, Communication Arts 2004, American Photography 2004, PDN Photo Annual 2004,Time Magazine Year in Pictures 2003, Communication Arts 2003
James Wellford was born in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from Brown University. He has been the senior international photo editor at Newsweek in New York City since 2000 where he has collaborated on a number of award winning stories recognized by the Overseas Press Club, the World Press Awards, and Pictures of the Year competitions. He is a founding member of Fovea Editions as well as a curator and co-founder of SeenUnseen, a program of projections by leading photojournalists that brings to light consequential issues around the world. Among his multimedia projects produced for SeenUnseen are those on Afghanistan in 2007, the Israeli-Lebanon war of 2006, the 2004 Indonesian Tsunami, 2005's Hurricane Katrina, and in 2009 American Interlude. The list of exhibitions James has curated includes "Tsunami," a warehouse projection in New York City, "Interlude," at the Alice Austen House Museum, Brent Stirton's "The Last Gorillas of the Congo" at Fovea Exhibitions, Seamus Murphy's "Afghanistan. A Darkness Visible" at VII Gallery in Brooklyn, and in 2010 "Projections of Reality, Encounters with the (un)Familiar" in Moscow, Russia. In 2009 he co-edited Issue #17 of the photographic magazine OjodePez. Prior to his Newsweek post, he edited the historical archives of the New York Daily News and worked as an editor at Gamma, SIPA, and Black Star agencies.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 (Sponsors: More Magazine & The Dart Center)
Lesley Jane Seymour was named editor-in-chief of More Magazine in January of 2008 where she led the magazine to a 2009 National Magazine Award nomination for personal service for an investigative piece called "The Endangered Uterus", and to a nomination for General Excellence in 2010. Under her guidance, the magazine was named to Mediaweek's 2010 Hot List, and dubbed "The Vanity Fair for Women" by marketers. Seymour was also ranked 4th on Forbes' Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors list in 2009.
Bob Woodruff joined ABC News in 1996 and has covered major stories throughout the country and around the world for the network. He was named co-anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" in December 2005. On January 29, 2006, while reporting on U.S. and Iraqi security forces, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb that struck his vehicle near Taji, Iraq. In February 2007, just thirteen months after being wounded in Iraq, Mr. Woodruff returned to ABC News with his first on-air report, "To Iraq and Back: Bob Woodruff Reports." The hour-long, primetime documentary chronicled his traumatic brain injury (TBI), his painstaking recovery, and the plight of thousands of service members returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with similar injuries. Woodruff continues to cover traumatic brain injuries for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and was honored with a Peabody Award in 2008 for his reporting on the subject.
Lee Woodruff. As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family's journey to recovery following her husband Bob's roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans. Woodruff is currently a contributor for ABC's "Good Morning America," reporting on a variety of home and family related topics. Her second book, Perfectly Imperfect, a Life in Progress, was published in the spring of 2009.
Robert Jay Lifton is currently Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Cambridge Health Alliance. Until recently, he was Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, The City University of New York, at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the Graduate School and University Center, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine as well as Director of the Center on Violence and Human Survival at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He had previously held the Foundations' Fund Research Professorship of Psychiatry at Yale University for more than two decades. He has been particularly interested in the relationship between individual psychology and historical change and in problems surrounding the extreme historical situations of our era. He has taken an active part in the formation of the new field of psychohistory. Lifton's psychological research on apocalyptic violence began in mid-1995 with a focus on Aum Shinrikyo, the extremist Japanese cult that released poison gas in Tokyo subways. From September 11, 2001, he has been studying Islamist apocalyptic violence and American responses to 9/11, including their own apocalyptic tendencies. In 1966, together with Erik Erikson, he organized the Wellfleet Psychohistory Group. He has continued to host and moderate it as a working group since that time. Its participants have included innovative scholars who have contributed much to contemporary psychological and social thought. He has been an active member of Physicians for Social Responsibility since 1962, serving on its Board of Directors from 1981 to 1982 and 1984 to 1987. He is a founding member of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (from 1980), which was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize in 1986.
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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
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Running time is 75 minutes no intermission
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This show is fun for the whole family and appropriate for ages 1 to 100!
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT THE GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW:
Hailed by David Letterman as "The greatest bubble artist in the world.” Regis Philbin has said “Unlike anything you have ever seen before.” “The Gazillion Bubble Show earns its claim on the word spectacular.” NYTheatre.com. “I highly recommend it for kids and adults too. The Gazillion Bubble Show blows the audience away.” Julie Chang CW11. “The Gazillion Bubble Show will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again.” nycstories.blog- city.com. “The gorgeous and unique creations defy gravity and logic as we know it. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified and enchanted!” NYC.com. “The Gazillion Bubble Show offers parents and kids an unforgettable extravaganza. To say The Gazillion Bubble Show is unique is like saying Titanic did well at the box office. Gazillion Bubble Show is nothing short of one whopping "wow" after another” City Guide. “Ingenious creations to be formed in the utterly unique form of entertainment” Two River Times. “You won’t spend a more bedazzled 90 minutes than those that fly by at the Gazillion Bubble Show.” South Shore Record. “A treat the whole family can enjoy. Lights, sound lasers and millions of soap bubbles combine to make a truly spectacular and amazing show that will delight the children and the child in you.” The Celebrity Café
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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