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Labyrinth Theater Company Announces Fall Season

LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY
ANNOUNCES FALL SEASON
AT THE BANK STREET THEATER

FALL SEASON INCLUDES WORK BY

ERIC BOGOSIAN, DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU,
CRAIG ‘muMs’ GRANT, DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA, AND DAVID BAR KATZ

New York, NY (August 9, 2013) Labyrinth Theater Company (Artistic Director Mimi O’Donnell, Managing Director Danny Feldman), the award-winning, downtown ensemble, today announced its Fall 2013 season, including 100, a selection of monologues written and performed byEric Bogosian,and Sunset Baby, new playby Dominique Morisseau. The season will kick off with a new series of Artist Salons featuring Craig ‘muMs’ Grant, Daphne Rubin-Vega and David Bar Katz. All work will be presented at the Bank Street Theater (155 Bank Street), Labyrinth Theater Company’s home in New York City’s West Village.

Additional programming details, including a Spring production, Labyrinth’s 15th annual Barn Series Festival of new plays, and a festival celebrating Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, will be announced at a later date.

Opening the 2013-14 season in September is a new series of Artist Salons, offering intimate glimpses into the lives and work of Labyrinth’s multi-talented Company Members. Through informal performances and revealing conversations, each evening will stand alone as an opportunity for one artist to engage an audience on a uniquely personal level. The fall salons will focus on spoken word actor and playwright Craig ‘muMs’ Grant (September 9 & 10), two-time Tony Award nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega (September 16 & 17), and playwright David Bar Katz (September 23 & 24)Spring salons will be announced at a later date. Tickets to all salons will be available to the public for $10.

Beginning October 1, Eric Bogosian will read and perform selections from his new book, 100, which features one hundred monologues originally performed as part of his six Off-Broadway solo shows. The selections, which will change nightly, will include monologues from Sex, Drugs, Rock & Roll, Pounding Nails in the Floor with my Forehead, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, and others. For these solo shows, which were originally performed Off-Broadway between 1980 and 2000, Bogosian was awarded three Obie Awards and a Drama Desk Award -- earning him living icon-status in the downtown theater scene.

Sunset Baby, a new playby Dominique Morisseau,begins November 6.  An energized, vibrant look at the point where the personal and political collide, Sunset Babytells the story of a former black revolutionary and political prisoner who decides to connect with his estranged daughter.  He quickly discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. 

Labyrinth will present a third main stage production in Spring of 2014. In addition, Labyrinth will present two full festivals of play readings to their audiences: the 15th Annual Barn Series (Winter 2014), the annual festival of brand new plays and Pulitzer Fest (Spring 2014), a week-long festival of symposiums and readings of Pulitzer Prize-winning plays performed by Labyrinth Company Members.

In an effort to make great theater accessible to all New Yorkers, Labyrinth offers the Labpass, which gives our audience access to all of our programming in our 2013/14 Season starting at just $99.  To purchase a Labpass, and to find more information on the Season, please visit labtheater.org

Labyrinth receives generous, year-round support from the following sponsors: Bank of New York Mellon, Wealth Management. Time Warner is the lead sponsor of new play development at Labyrinth Theater Company. Additional support is provided by: The Shubert Foundation and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation. Labyrinth acknowledges the generous support of The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Kate D. Levin, Commissioner.  Labyrinth’s productions are made possible, in part, with public funds from The New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

 

BIOS______________________________________________________________


DAVID BAR KATZ
is a member of The LAByrinth Theater Company which produced his plays Philip Roth in Khartoum (at The Public Theater) and The Atmosphere of Memory (starring Ellen Burstyn) and has presented six of his plays in their annual Barn Series Festival.  Katz’s play The History of Invulnerability, about Jerry Siegel, the creator of Superman and the Man of Steel’s Jewish roots, premiered at The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park where it received the Acclaim Award for Outstanding Play of the Year, the Cincinnati Entertainment Award for Outstanding Premiere and won the American Theater Critics Association Citation as one of the top three American plays of 2010. Katz co-wrote and directed the Broadway show, FREAK, which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and Katz was nominated for an Emmy Award for the HBO production. He co-created and was a head writer for FOX TV’s “House of Buggin',” the first all-Latino network television show. Katz is currently writing the pilot “Sobering” for Showtime (produced by Denis Leary) and The Man in the Rockefeller Suit for Fox Searchlight to be directed by Walter Salles.  This Spring The History of Invulnerability will close out Milwaukee Repertory Theater’s 60th Anniversary Season.

ERIC BOGOSIAN has starred in a wide variety of films and television in addition to his work onstage. In recent years he created the character “Captain Danny Ross” on the long-running series “Law & Order:CI” as well as starred on Broadway with Laura Linney in Donald Margolies’ “Time Stands Still.” Probably his most celebrated work is the play and film “Talk Radio” which he wrote and starred. “Talk Radio” premiered at the New York Shakespeare Festival in 1987, was adapted to film by director Oliver Stone and more recently starred Liev Schreiber in its Broadway incarnation. “Talk Radio” was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama and in 1988 Bogosian was awarded the Berlin Film Festival’s Silver Bear for his work on the film. In addition, Eric Bogosian has written numerous plays and novels, including “subUrbia” (Lincoln Center Theater, 1994) later adapted to film by director Richard Linklater. The film adaptation of Bogosian’s novel, “Mall” is in post-production. The new publication of texts from Bogosian’s solo work will be published this fall by Theater Communications Group under the title, “100” and will feature one hundred monologues from Bogosian’s solos and plays. From this collection Bogosian will selection a “playlist” nightly and read/perform them on the Bank Street Stage. For the last five years, Bogosian has been researching a non-fiction work on the “Nemesis” assassins, a secret organization of Armenian nationals who succeeded in assassinating the Turkish leadership responsible for the Armenian genocide. He is married to director Jo Bonney and lives in New York City.

CRAIG ‘muMs’ GRANT is an American Poet, Actor and Playwright. He has performed on New York City stages for more than 20 years. muMs is best know for playing Arnold Jackson aka Poet on the HBO hit show OZ. At the same time muMs is an internationally known Poet- performing at over 200 cafe's, Colleges and Universities across the U.S., Europe and Africa. muMs is a proud member of the Labyrinth Theater Company debuting in such productions of the Critically acclaimed LAST DAYS OF JUDAS ISCARIOT, and A VIEW FROM 151st. Both performed Off-Broadway at the NYC's Public Theater. With the Labyrinth, muMs has also workshopped two of his plays, Paradox of there Urban Cliche and Loveness.  Some of muMs' acting credits include: Side Effects, Law and Order SVU, Law and Order, Cold Case, Chappelle's show, Boston Legal, Law and Order Criminal Intent, The Sopranos, Dark Water, Everyday People, Bamboozled... amongst others.

DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU. Writer and Actress, is alumni of the Public Theater Emerging Writer’s Group, the Women’s Project Playwrights Lab, and Lark Playwrights Workshop. Among her playwriting credits are: Detroit ’67 (Public Theater; Classical Theatre of Harlem/National Black Theatre) Sunset Baby (Gate Theater- London), Follow Me To Nellie’s (O’Neill; Premiere Stages). Her produced one-acts include: Third Grade (Fire This Time Festival); Black at Michigan (Cherry Lane Studio/DUTF); Socks, Roses Are Played Out and Love and Nappiness (Center Stage, ATH); love.lies.liberation (The New Group), Bumrush (Hip Hop Theater Festival) and The Masterpiece (Harlem9/HSA). Dominique is currently developing a 3-play cycle on her hometown of Detroit, entitled “The Detroit Projects”. Detroit ’67 is the first of the series. The second play in the series, Paradise Blue, was developed and/or read with Voice and Vision, the Hansberry Project at ACT, New York Theatre Workshop, McCarter Theatre, Williamtown Theatre Festival, and the Public Theater. Dominique’s work has also been published in NY Times bestseller- “Chicken Soup for the African American Souland in the Harlem-based literary journal “Signifyin’ Harlem”. She is a Jane Chambers Playwriting Award honoree, a two-time NAACP Image Award recipient, a runner-up for the Princess Grace Award, a recipient of the Elizabeth George commission from South Coast Rep, a commendation honoree for the Primus Prize by the American Theatre Critics Association, winner of the Barrie and Bernice Stavis Playwriting Award and the Weissberger Award for Playwriting, the U of M – Detroit Center Emerging Leader Award, and a PoNY (Playwrights of New York) Fellow. She is an artist that believes wholeheartedly in the power and strength of community.

DAPHNE RUBIN-VEGA is a two-time Tony and Drama Desk nominee and recipient of the Theater World, Obie and Blockbuster awards. She is perhaps best known for the roles she originated, including Mimi (Rent) , Conchita (Anna in the Tropics); both Pulitzer Prize winning Broadway shows for which she was nominated for the Tony award. Ms. Rubin-Vega is a member of the LAByrinth Theater Company. Other selected credits: A Streetcar Named Desire(Stella, Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Les Miserables(Fantine). Off-Broadway: Blood From a Stone (Yvette), Jack Goes Boating (Lucy), Bernarda Alba (Martirio), Suzan-Lori Parks’ Fucking A (Canary Mary), Nilo Cruz’ Two Sisters and a Piano (Sofia), and Gum (Rahmi). Film : Wild Things (Blockbuster Award for Best Supporting Actress), Flawless , Sex and The City, Jack Goes Boating (Independent Spirit Nomination for Best Supporting Actress). Recently on TV, Rubin-Vega was seen on the NBC series “Smash”.  She was a member of the girl group Pajama Party (Atlantic Records) and has recorded several albums and contributed to various musical projects. daphnerubinvega.com.

LABYRINTH THEATER COMPANY (Mimi O’Donnell, Artistic Director; Danny Feldman, Managing Director) is a diverse, award-winning ensemble of artists who have changed the face of American theater through groundbreaking productions of provocative new plays.  Founded in 1992 by a group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater, Labyrinth has grown into a nationally renowned company of actors, directors, playwrights and designers from a wide array of cultural perspectives. Over the past 20 years, Labyrinth has developed hundreds of original works and premiered over 60 new American plays here in New York including Guinea Pig Solo, Jack Goes Boating, Jesus Hopped The A Train, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Sailor’s Song, Sistah Supreme, and the Company’s multi-Tony nominated Broadway debut, The Motherf**ker With The Hat.

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