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Signature Theatre Announces One Week Extension for Irwin and Shiner's OLD HATS

Signature Theatre Company

ONE-WEEK EXTENSION ANNOUNCED FOR

SIGNATURE THEATRE’S WORLD PREMIERE OF

OLD HATS

Created and Performed by BILL IRWIN and DAVID SHINER

Music by and featuring NELLIE McKAY

Directed by TINA LANDAU

NOW RUNNING FEBRUARY 12 – APRIL 7

TICKETS ON SALE AT WWW.SIGNATURETHEATRE.ORG

Signature Theatre is pleased to announce a one-week extension for the world premiere of OLD HATS, created and performed by Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner, with music by and featuring Nellie McKay, and directed by Tina Landau. The production will now play through Sunday, April 7. The production will begin performances on February 12 and open on March 4 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Tickets during the extension week are $75 each.

2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. Using music, technology, and movement, plus other tricks up their sleeves, Irwin and Shiner create another wild and remarkable outing of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Signature is proud to present this dynamic duo’s first collaboration since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon.

The design team includes G.W. Mercier (Scenic and Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Sound Design), Wendall K. Harrington (Projection Design), Erin Kennedy Lunsford (Wig and Make-Up Design), and Steve Cuiffo (Magic Consultant). David H. Lurie is the Production Stage Manager.

To purchase tickets for all Signature productions, call the Signature Theatre Box Office (212-244-7529) or visit signaturetheatre.org.

2012-13 SEASON OVERVIEW

RESIDENCY ONE – DAVID HENRY HWANG SERIES

GOLDEN CHILD

By DAVID HENRY HWANG

Directed by LEIGH SILVERMAN

Final performance played on December 16, 2012

THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD

By DAVID HENRY HWANG

Directed by MAY ADRALES

Performances begin February 5

Tickets on sale now

On a California mountaintop in 1867 near the Transcontinental Railroad, two Chinese workers struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland.

KUNG FU                                                                                           *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By David Henry Hwang

Directed by Leigh Silverman

Fall/ Winter 2013 (Dates TBA)

A young martial artist comes to America from Hong Kong in the 1960’s with dreams of becoming the biggest movie star in the world, and struggles to overcome the West’s view of Asian men as less than truly masculine.

 

LEGACY PROGRAM

HEARTLESS                                                                         *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By SAM SHEPARD

Directed by DANIEL AUKIN

Final performance played on September 30, 2012

THE PIANO LESSON

By AUGUST WILSON

Directed by RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON

Final performance played on January 20, 2013

OLD HATS                                                                                         *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

Created and performed by BILL IRWIN and DAVID SHINER

Music by and featuring NELLIE McKAY

Directed by TINA LANDAU

Performances begin February 12

Tickets on sale now

2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. Using music, technology, and movement, plus other tricks up their sleeves, Irwin and Shiner create another wild and remarkable outing of theatre for a new generation of audiences. Signature is proud to present this dynamic duo’s first collaboration since the smash Broadway hit Fool Moon.

Production support for Old Hats provided by the Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation and the Laura Pels International Foundation for Theater.

THE MOUND BUILDERS

By LANFORD WILSON

Directed by JO BONNEY

Performances begin February 26

Tickets go on sale January 29

A team of archaeologists descends on an Indiana town to unearth the mysteries of the Mound Builders. As they excavate the remains of this Native American civilization, they confront powerful and dangerous forces of ambition and legacy. 2002-03 Playwright-in-Residence Lanford Wilson’s searing drama of class, culture and gender clash won the 1975 Obie Award for Distinguished Playwriting.

Support for the Legacy Program is provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Select Legacy Program opening nights sponsored by Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited.

RESIDENCY FIVE

---- and potatoes                                                                   *** WORLD PREMIERE ***

By Regina Taylor

Summer/Fall 2013 (Dates TBA)

A crossword loving Chicago book publisher faces the challenge of how to adapt his business in the rapidly changing digital age and begins to look for clues of his own identity as a husband, businessman, and an African-American. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor.

---- and potatoes is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The planning and launch of Residency Five is supported, in part, by funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.

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, Athol Fugard, 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.  At The Pershing Square Signature Center, the Company’s expanded programming includes: 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.

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, bar and bookstore and serves 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 is carefully calibrated to foster interaction among playwrights, artistic collaborators and the public. The Pershing Square Signature Center has allowed the Company to expand and enhance its programming, introduce new initiatives, and build audiences. The Center serves as the artistic home for as many as 9 playwrights at any one time, fostering a dynamic creative community where playwrights engage directly with audiences and one another.

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