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Signature Theatre Announces Supplemental Programs including Signature Cinema: "The Nora Ephron Series"

Signature Theatre Company

SIGNATURE THEATRE
ANNOUNCES UPCOMING SUPPLEMENTAL PROGRAMS
AT THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER

PROGRAMMING INCLUDES SIGNATURE CINEMA: “THE NORA EPHRON SERIES,”
WITH SCREENINGS OF THE SCREENWRITER’S HEARTBURN, SILKWOOD, PLUS ONE MORE FILM TO BE ANNOUNCED

DISCUSSIONS WITH CREATIVE TEAMS FROM THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD, OLD HATS, AND THE MOUND BUILDERS ALSO SCHEDULED

Signature Theatre is pleased to announce the next wave of upcoming supplemental programs, which allow more intimate and direct access to a playwright’s vision and process. Just as the layout of The Pershing Square Signature Center encourages a dialogue between different plays and audiences, these supplemental programs invite theatregoers to go deeper into the world of a play, and the world of the artists behind it. Unless noted, all supplemental programs are free and open to the general public.

SIGNATURE CINEMA – As part of its commitment to honor and celebrate a writer’s body of work, Signature is thrilled to present the Nora Ephron Series as part of its Signature Cinema program. An iconic voice in American Cinema, Ephron, who passed away this past year, was a writer of fierce intelligence, humor, and warmth whose films have become cultural touchstones that have gone on to delight and inspire audiences and artists alike. Signature is proud to present three films from Ephron’s early career as a screenwriter. Tickets for Signature Cinema are $8 for subscribers and $13 for general public.

Heartburn

Screenplay by Nora Ephron; directed by Mike Nichols 

Tuesday, February 26 at 7pm

The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson are writers Rachel and Mark, whose marriage is severely tested when Rachel discovers Mark’s affair. Based on her novel of the same name, Heartburn is one of Ephron’s earliest explorations of matters of the heart and the challenges inherent in love, trust, and marriage.

Silkwood

Screenplay by Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen, directed by Mike Nichols

Wednesday, March 20 at 7pm

The Irene Diamond Stage

Based on the true story of union activist Karen Silkwood, whose conscience is awakened when she discovers unsafe practices at the nuclear facility where she works. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including best screenplay, Silkwood was Ephron’s feature film debut and her first collaboration with Mike Nichols and Meryl Streep.

Plus one more Nora Ephron film to be announced!

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

POST-PERFORMANCE TALKBACKSfeature company members and Signature staff in a discussion about the play just performed. Post-performance talkbacks with members of the company for The Dance and the Railroad are February 28, March 5 and14. Talkbacks for Old Hats are February 19, March 7, and 28. And, talkbacks for The Mound Builders are March 6, 12, 21 and April 4. Talkbacks brought to you by American Express.

PAGE TO STAGE features a moderated conversation between members of the artistic team. A pre-performance conversation is scheduled with director Jo Bonney for The Mound Builderson Thursday, March 7 at 6pm.

BACKSTAGE PASS is a pre-show discussion with one of the production’s designers about the creative design process for the show. Pre-performance discussions are scheduled for The Dance and the RailroadChinese Opera Consultant, Qian Yi, on Wednesday, March 6 at 6pm; Old HatsScenic and Costume Designer, G.W. Mercier, on Wednesday, March 13 at 6pm; and, a designer for The Mound Builders on Wednesday, April 3 at 6pm.

  

SIGNATURE BOOK CLUB

meets bi-monthly to discuss works by and related to Signature playwrights.

. The next selection, scheduled in conjunction with The Mound Builders, is 2002-03 Playwright-in-Residence Lanford Wilson’s first full-length play, Balm in Gilead. The discussion will take place on Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30pm.

For more information, visit the supplemental programming page on the Signature Theatre website:

http://www.signaturetheatre.org/shows-and-events/Supplemental-Programming.aspx

To purchase tickets for all Signature productions and events, 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

Now Playing

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

Now Playing

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 on sale now

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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