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Signature's THE OLD FRIENDS Gets One Last Extension Through Oct 20

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SIGNATURE THEATRE’S

WORLD PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF

HORTON FOOTE’S
THE OLD FRIENDS

DIRECTED BY MICHAEL WILSON

WILL GET A FINAL ONE WEEK EXTENSION
NOW PLAYING THROUGH OCTOBER 20 ONLY

IN THE IRENE DIAMOND STAGE
AT THE PERSHING SQUARE SIGNATURE CENTER

TICKETS ON SALE AT WWW.SIGNATURETHEATRE.ORG

Signature Theatre is pleased to announce a third and final one week extension for the World Premiere of Horton Foote’s THE OLD FRIENDS, directed by Michael Wilson. The production will now play its final performance on Sunday, October 20. THE OLD FRIENDS opened to critical acclaim on September 12 in The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues). Tickets during the extension weeks are $75 each.

The cast includes Tony Award-winner Betty Buckley (Sunset Boulevard, Cats) as Gertrude Hayhurst Sylvester Ratliff, Tony Award-nominee Veanne Cox (A Free Man of Color, La Cage aux Folles) as Julia Price, Tony Award-nominee Hallie Foote (The Orphans' Home Cycle, Dividing the Estate) as Sibyl Borden, Adam LeFevre (Priscilla Queen of the Desert) as Albert Price, Sean Lyons (Gore Vidal's The Best Man) as Tom Underwood, Novella Nelson (It's Kind of a Funny Story, Purlie) as Hattie, Melle Powers (“Chappelle's Show”) as Catherine, Cotter Smith (Next Fall) as Howard Ratliff and Tony Award-nominee Lois Smith (Heartless, The Trip to Bountiful) as Mamie Borden.

In this World Premiere play by Signature Legacy Playwright Horton Foote, matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sibyl. When Sibyl arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations. Helmed by Michael Wilson, director of Signature's acclaimed 2009 production of The Orphans' Home Cycle and the current critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Trip to Bountiful, THE OLD FRIENDS is an absorbing and vital chapter in Foote's beloved, distinctly American body of work.

The design team includes Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), David C. Woolard (Costume Design), Rui Rita (Lighting Design), John Gromada (Original Music and Sound Design), Paul Huntley (Wig & Hair Design), Mark Olsen (Fight Director), Gillian Lane-Plescia (Dialect Coach), and Peter Pucci (Choreographer). Casting by TELSEY + COMPANY, William Cantler CSA. Cole P. Bonenberger is Production Stage Manager.

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

2013-2014 SEASON OVERVIEW

RESIDENCY ONE – DAVID HENRY HWANG SERIES

KUNG FU                                                                              **WORLD PREMIERE**

Directed by Leigh Silverman

February - March 2014

The Irene Diamond Stage

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. A world premiere production based on the life of Bruce Lee.

LEGACY PROGRAM

THE OLD FRIENDS                                                           ** WORLD PREMIERE**

By Horton Foote

Directed by Michael Wilson

The Irene Diamond Stage

Extended through October 20

In The Old Friends, matriarch Mamie Borden and the remaining members of two longtime Texas farming families await a visit from Mamie's son Hugo and his wife Sybil. When Sybil arrives with alarming news, old friends on opposing sides must confront the issues surrounding legacy, loyalty, and the meaning of happiness that have hounded them for generations. 

August Wilson’s HOW I LEARNED WHAT I LEARNED        **NEW YORK PREMIERE**

Co-conceived with and directed by Todd Kreidler

November 5 – December 15, 2013

The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

Featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson

Tickets on sale October 1

In this solo show, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, an early relationship, his first kiss, his foray into cinema, and the friends he has had his entire life. Directed by long-time collaborator Todd Kreidler and featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of the acclaimed The Piano Lesson, How I Learned What I Learned charts one man’s journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.

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

RESIDENCY FIVE

stop. reset.                                                                           **WORLD PREMIERE**

Written and directed by Regina Taylor

The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

Now through September 29

As e-books outsell printed books, Alex Ames, the owner of Chicago’s oldest African American book publishing company, must question each of his employees to determine who is still relevant in a rapidly changing world. When he meets J, a mysterious youth plugged into the future, Mr. Ames is forced to discover just how far he will go to survive. A new play from Residency Five playwright Regina Taylor, stop. reset. asks powerful questions of legacy, identity and survival in a world where the real and the virtual are more closely tied than we think.

stop. reset. is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

CHERI                                                                                   **WORLD PREMIERE**

Conceived, directed and choreographed by Martha Clarke

November 19 - December 22, 2013

The Irene Diamond Stage

Tickets on sale October 15

Inspired by the classic 1920 novella by controversial French author Colette, Cheri is Martha Clarke’s newest interdisciplinary work, an exciting fusion of theatre, live music, and dance featuring American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Herman Cornejo, prima ballerina assoluta Alessandra Ferri, pianist Sarah Rothenberg, and text by Tina Howe. This tragic story of forbidden love between a young man and an older woman in Belle Époque Paris is a timeless, powerful exploration of sensuality, love, and our preoccupations with youth and age.

APPROPRIATE                                                                   **NEW YORK PREMIERE**

By Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Directed by Liesl Tommy

February – March 2014

The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

The estranged members of the Lafayette clan have returned to Arkansas and their crumbling old plantation home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome relic and a surprise visitor send the family into a spiral of crackling confrontations, repressed histories, and regret. Appropriate is a New York premiere by Residency Five playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, winner of the 2013 Sundance Theatre Institute Tennessee Williams Award.

A New Play by Will Eno                                                     **NEW YORK PREMIERE**

February - March 2014

The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

Signature is delighted to welcome back Residency Five playwright Will Eno for a second premiere production. His play Title and Deed, produced during the Company’s Inaugural Season at The Pershing Square Signature Center, landed on The New York Times’ Top 10 list for 2012, and introduced Signature audiences to Eno’s rich and distinctive body of work.

Special thanks to the Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust for supporting Residency Five.

About SIGNATURE THEATRE

Signature Theatre exists to honor and celebrate the playwright. Founded in 1991 by James Houghton, 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. By championing in-depth explorations of a playwright’s body of work, Signature delivers an intimate and immersive journey into the playwright’s singular vision. 

Signature serves its mission through its permanent home at The Pershing Square Signature Center, a three-theatre facility on West 42nd Street designed by Frank Gehry Architects to host Signature’s three distinct playwrights’ residencies and foster a cultural community. At the Center, opened in January 2012, Signature continues its founding Playwright-in-Residence model as Residency One, a first-of-its-kind, intensive exploration of a single writer’s body of work. Residency Five, the only program of its kind, was launched at the Center to support multiple playwrights as they build bodies of work by guaranteeing each writer three productions over a five-year period. The Legacy Program, launched during Signature’s 10th Anniversary, invites writers from both residencies back for productions of premiere or earlier plays.

The Pershing Square Signature Center is a major contribution to New York City’s cultural landscape and provides a venue for cultural organizations that supports and encourages collaboration among artists throughout the space. In addition to its three intimate theatres, the Center features a studio theatre, rehearsal studio, and a public café, bar and bookstore. Through the Signature Ticket Initiative: A Generation of Access, Signature has also made an unprecedented commitment to making its productions accessible by underwriting the cost of initial run tickets, currently priced at $25, through 2031.

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, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company. Signature’s current Residency One playwright is David Henry Hwang; current Residency Five playwrights are Annie Baker, Martha Clarke, Will Eno, Katori Hall, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, Kenneth Lonergan, and Regina Taylor; and  the current Legacy Playwrights are Horton Foote and August Wilson. Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with the Pulitzer Prize, Lucille Lortel Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and AUDELCO Awards, among many other distinctions. For more information, please visit signaturetheatre.org.

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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 LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

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

 

 

 

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