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Signature Theatre Adds 16 Performances for the US Premiere of TITLE AND DEED

Signature Theatre Company
SIGNATURE THEATRE

ADDS 16 PERFORMANCES FOR THE US PREMIERE OF

TITLE AND DEED

Written by WILL ENO

Directed by JUDY HEGARTY LOVETT
in association with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland

PERFORMANCES BEGIN MAY 8; OPENING NIGHT IS MAY 20
IN THE ALICE GRIFFIN JEWEL BOX THEATRE
AT THE COMPANY’S NEW HOME THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER
VISIT WWW.SIGNATURETHEATRE.ORG TO PURCHASE TICKETS

Signature Theatre (James Houghton, Founding Artistic Director; Erika Mallin, Executive Director) is pleased to announce that they have added 16 performances to the run of the US premiere of TITLE AND DEED, a new play by Will Eno and directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett. The production, starring Conor Lovett, will run May 8 – June 17, 2012 with a May 20 opening night in The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at the Company’s new home The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). The production is presented in association with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland. Tickets for these additional performances will be $25, as part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access.

{module ad_left_body}A nameless traveler from a far off place searches for connection and solace in an unknown country in this funny and sad meditation on mortality, loneliness, innocence, home, family, love, funerals, words, and the world. TITLE AND DEED is a provocative new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno, whom The New York Times called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”

The critically acclaimed Gare St Lazare Players Ireland has toured to over seventy cities in twenty-five countries worldwide.   Gare St Lazare Players was originally founded in Chicago by Artistic Director Bob Meyer in 1983, and moved to France in 1988.  In 1996, Conor Lovett (Actor) and Judy Hegarty Lovett (Director) formed the Gare St Lazare Players Ireland, internationally renowned for creating elegant text-and-performance based productions of Samuel Beckett’s prose.  Conor Lovett, who trained in Paris at the École Jacques Lecoq, has become known as one of the world’s best living Beckett performers.  Judy Hegarty Lovett has directed him in eleven solo shows for the company.  Gare St Lazare Players Ireland’s most celebrated performances include Molloy (1996), Malone Dies (2000), The Beckett Trilogy (2001),  First Love (2008), The End (2008) and The Calmative (2010).  In 2009 Lovett and Hegarty Lovett adapted Herman Melville’s Moby Dick as a two hour piece for solo actor and live musician.  For his performance Lovett was a Best Actor nominee at the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards.  In 2009 Gare St Lazare Players Ireland performed First Love at The Public Theater’s Under The Radar Festival and the performance was described as "such a pleasing triumph" by The New York Times.

Residency Five playwright Will Eno wrote Title and Deed specifically for Conor Lovett, who is a fan of Eno’s work in return: “Will has a truly unique poetic voice which, for all its apparent lack of ornamentation, succeeds in creating a sublimely mesmeric world all his own.”

The design team includes Christine Jones (Scenic Designer), Andrea Lauer (Costume Designer) and Ben Stanton (Lighting Designer). Donald Fried is Production Stage Manager.

Single tickets are now on sale for TITLE AND DEED at the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) and at signaturetheatre.org. Tickets are also on sale for Athol Fugard’s MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA! and Kenneth Lonergan’s MEDIEVAL PLAY, as well as for the twice-extended EDWARD ALBEE’S THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE, which must close on April 15.

Title and Deed is the recipient of an award from Culture Ireland.

Tickets to the initial runs of all productions of Signature’s Inaugural Season at The Pershing Square Signature Center are $25, part of the groundbreaking Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, a program that guarantees affordable and accessible tickets to every Signature production for the next 20 years.  Serving as a model for theatres and performing arts organizations across the country, the Initiative was founded in 2005 and is made possible by lead partner The Pershing Square Foundation and founding sponsor Time Warner, Inc., with additional seed support provided by the Ford Foundation, Margot Adams, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

2011-2012 CURRENT SEASON OVERVIEW

RESIDENCY ONE - ATHOL FUGARD SERIES

BLOOD KNOT

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

The production completed its run on Sunday, March 11.

MY CHILDREN! MY AFRICA!

By Athol Fugard

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson

May 1 – June 10, 2012

Tickets on sale now

Written in 1989 shortly before the end of apartheid, My Children! My Africa! presents an honest and unflinching portrait of a country on the brink of revolution, and is a testament to the power and potential of youth, hope, and ideas.

THE TRAIN DRIVER                                  *** NEW YORK PREMIERE ***

Written and Directed by Athol Fugard

August 14 – September 23, 2012

Based on a true story, The Train Driver is a soulful exploration of guilt, suffering and the powerful bonds that grow between strangers.

LEGACY PROGRAM

EDWARD ALBEE’S THE LADY FROM DUBUQUE

Directed by David Esbjornson

Extended again through April 15, 2012

Tickets on sale now

At a late night party, Sam and Jo entertain their friends with a round of Twenty Questions and another round of drinks. When an unexpected guest and her mysterious companion arrive, the question "Who are you?" gains a whole new and desperate meaning.

RESIDENCY FIVE

HURT VILLAGE                                          *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By Katori Hall

Directed by Patricia McGregor

The production completed its run on Sunday, March 25.

TITLE AND DEED                                      *** U.S. PREMIERE ***

By Will Eno

Directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett

In association with Gare St. Lazare Players Ireland

May 8 – June 17, 2012

Tickets on sale now

A nameless traveler from a far off place searches for connection and solace in an unknown country in this funny and sad meditation on mortality, loneliness, innocence, home, family, love, funerals, words, and the world. A provocative new work by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Horton Foote Prize winner Will Eno, whom The New York Times called “a Samuel Beckett for the Jon Stewart generation.”

MEDIEVAL PLAY                                        *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

Written and directed by Kenneth Lonergan

May 15 – June 24, 2012

Tickets on sale now

Two French mercenary knights set out on a quest for relative moral redemption against the classic comic background of late 14th century ecclesiastical politics. A story of friendship, love, noble feats of arms, indiscriminate brutality, the progressive refinement of medieval table manners and the general decline of the chivalric ideal at the onset of the Great Papal Schism of 1378.  A new comedy by Kenneth Lonergan.

About SIGNATURE THEATRE

Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, Signature Theatre 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 has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Tony Kushner, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, the Negro Ensemble Company, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson and Lanford Wilson.  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. 

Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, fourteen Lucille Lortel Awards, sixteen Obie Awards, six Drama Desk Awards and twenty-two AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year. For more information on Signature please visit us on-line at signaturetheatre.org.

About THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER

The Pershing Square Signature Center is the new, permanent home of Signature Theatre.  Spanning an entire city block at 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenue, the Frank Gehry-designed Pershing Square Signature Center features three intimate theatres, a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café and bookstore and will serve as both a theatre community hub and neighborhood destination. Working hand-in-hand with Signature leadership and architect of record H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture LLC, Gehry’s design has been carefully calibrated to foster interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators and the public. The Pershing Square Signature Center will allow the 20-year old Company, critically acclaimed for its programs that celebrate the playwright’s body of work, to expand and enhance its programming, introduce new initiatives, and build audiences. 

At The Pershing Square Signature Center, the Company’s expanded programming will include: Residency One, the continuation of Signature’s core program which provides audiences with an immersive exploration of the work of a singular playwright; Residency Five, which provides five-year residencies for multiple playwrights, guaranteeing three full productions of new work over the course of each playwright’s residency; and the Legacy Program, which honors the lifetime achievement of playwrights who have previously been in residence at Signature through the production of a premiere or earlier play.   The Pershing Square Signature Center will serve as the artistic home for as many as 9 playwrights at any one time, fostering a dynamic creative community where playwrights will engage directly with audiences and one another.

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