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Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company
Announces their 15th Season:
Lee Blessing’s A Walk In The Woods
starring Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebanck

and

Andrew Lippa & Tom Greenwald’s John & Jen

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company today announced that their 2014 - ’15 season will begin with the first major New York revival of Lee Blessing’s A Walk In The Woods starring Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebanck, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. It will be followed in the spring by a rare revival of John & Jen, the musical with music by Andrew Lippa, lyrics by Tom Greenwald, and a book by Lippa and Greenwald.

Published in Off-Broadway

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company
Announces The Cast for

Stephen Sondheim’s MARRY ME A LITTLE:

Lauren Molina and Jason Tam

 "Rainbows"  and "Yoo-Hoo!"- Two Rare Sondheim Trunk Songs - To Be Added for This Production

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The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that Lauren Molina and Jason Tam will star in Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. Marry Me A Little kicks off their 2012 - ’13 season and will be followed by a newly revised version of the 1991 play, The Old Boyby A.R. Gurney.   

Friday, 03 August 2012 11:43

Keen Company Announces Their 13th Season

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company
Announces Their 13th Season:

Stephen Sondheim’s MARRY ME A LITTLE

and

A.R. Gurney’s THE OLD BOY

 

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Jonathan Silverstein, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that their 2012 - ’13 season will begin with their first musical - Marry Me A Little, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, conceived by Craig Lucas and Norman René, directed by Keen Artistic Director Jonathan Silverstein. It will be followed by a newly revised version of the 1991 play, The Old Boyby A.R. Gurney,

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company
Announces That
John Cunningham
Would Replace Richard Easton in the Cast of
Tina Howe's Painting Churches

Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Turnbull To Co-Star

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that John Cunningham would join Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Turnbull for Tina Howe's Painting Churches, the 1983 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Keen Artistic Director Carl Forsman directs. Mr. Cunningham replaces the previously announced Richard Easton, who had to withdraw due to a scheduling conflict. Performances will begin February 14, with Opening Night set for March 6.

Thursday, 12 January 2012 17:06

Keen Company Announces "Keen Teens 2012 Writers"

Keen Company Names
Michael Mitnick, Janine Nabers, and Kathryn Walat as
“Keen Teens 2012 Writers”

Keen Teens, the educational theatre partnership between Off-Broadway’s Keen Company and the publishing company Playscripts, Inc. has selected the writers for the program’s sixth season. Michael Mitnick, Janine Nabers, and Kathryn Walat have been commissioned to write thirty minute, large cast plays, which will be produced with student actors Off-Broadway in May 2012.

Keen Company

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company
Announces Leads for
Lanford Wilson’s LEMON SKY 
Directed by Drama Desk Nominee Jonathan Silverstein (The Temperamentals)

Keith Nobbs, Kellie Overbey and Kevin Kilner To Star

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The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that their Keith Nobbs, Kellie Overbey and Kevin Kilner would lead the cast of Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky, the 1970 drama by the Pulitzer-winning writer of Talley's Folly, Burn This, and Fifth Of July. Drama Desk nominee Jonathan Silverstein (The Temperamentals, The Dining Room) directs.

Keith Nobbs most recently starred opposite Dan Lauria in Lombardi, as the fictional Look Magazine reporter Michael McCormack. He made his Broadway debut in The Lion in Winter starring Laurence Fishburne and Stockard Channing, directed by Michael Mayer. Other NY stage credits include Stupid Kids; Dog Sees God; Hope Is the Thing With Feathers (Drama Dept), Free to Be You and Me (Drama Dept), Four (Lucille Lortel Award, Drama Desk nomination), The Hasty Heart (Keen Company), Triple Happiness (Second Stage),Fuddy Meers (MTC), Dublin Carol and the world premiere of David Mamet’s Romance (Atlantic). TV credits include HBO’s “The Pacific,” “The Black Donnellys,” “In Treatment,” “The Sopranos,” “In Plain Sight” and “Fringe.” Film credits include Double Whammy, Phone Booth, 25th Hour and the independent films The Briefcase, Weakness andPremium.  

Kellie Overbey appeared on Broadway in The Coast of Utopia, Twentieth Century, QED, Judgment at Nuremberg, Present Laughter, and Buried Child; Off-Broadway credits include Betty's Summer Vacation and The Savannah Disputation (Playwrights Horizons), Good Boys and True(Second Stage), Hamlet (CSC), The Debutante Ball, Gone Home and Comic Potential (Manhattan Theatre Club); also a writer, her film That's What She Said, directed by Carrie Preston (“True Blood”),stars Alia Shawkat and Anne Heche and she wrote the book for the musical Once Around the Sun. 

Kevin Kilner most recently starred in Is Life Worth Living at the Mint Theater (opposite wife Jordan Baker). His Broadway credits include The Glass Menagerie with Julie Harris, Calista Flockhart, and Zeljko Ivanek at Roundabout (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle nominations). Off-Broadway he has been seen in the original casts of Dinner with Friendsand Night and Her Stars at Manhattan Theatre Club. Films include Julia, Shopgirl, A Cinderella Story, Raising Helen, Auto Focus, American Pie 2, Music From Another Room, Home Alone 3, Twenty Bucks, Switch and Timepiece with Ellen Burstyn, James Earl Jones and Naomi Watts.

This will be the first work of Wilson’s to be presented in New York since he passed away last spring. Keen Company seeks to honor the author who Frank Rich called, “our primary heir to Tennessee Williams.” In Lemon Sky, Wilson recounts a personal story in autobiographical detail: his journey, at age 17, to California to live with his estranged father's second family. Clive Barnes said of the play, “It has the immediacy of the way we live, and something of the smooth-spoken hysteria.” It is a portrait of this great artist as a young man, and Keen Company is proud to be bringing his singular voice back to New York.

Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Lemon Sky, at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), will begin September 13th and continue through October 22nd only, with opening night set for September 27th.  

"I have a long history with Lanford Wilson's work,” said Forsman. “The first Broadway play I ever went to see was Fifth Of July. My last date with my high school sweetheart wasBurn This on Broadway. I have always loved Lanford's writing, and I have long wanted to produce one of his plays. I believe his compassion is unrivaled amongst American playwrights, and I believe his work has a natural home at Keen Company. We're thrilled to be presenting Lemon Sky, his most personal play, and are grateful to his estate for permission to produce this important work.”

Keen Company continues their tradition of presenting plays that illuminate the challenge to live generously, and these two stories about children and parents will bring these themes to thrilling life. Keen believes that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

Performances will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will play Tuesday at 7pm; Wednesday through Friday at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm.  Tickets are $59.75.  To purchase tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call 212/239-6200 or for more information or subscription opportunities for the full season, visit www.keencompany.org

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning
Keen Company
Announces the Appointment of
Damon Chua as Executive Director

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company today announced the appointment of Damon Chua as Executive Director, beginning July 7th.

Damon comes to Keen from Los Angeles, where he was a senior staff person at Company of Angels, LA’s oldest non-profit theater, responsible for a wide range of theatrical offerings including mainstage productions, literary festivals and play readings. He helped establish the very successful LA Views, 10-Minute Play Festival, now in its fourth year. He previously worked as Office Manager at Reprise Broadway’s Best, a company dedicated to reviving Broadway musicals.  Damon was also Vice-President and General Manager of Impact Pictures, a Los Angeles film production company that has been responsible for four #1 films at the US box office. As an independent producer, he has received grants from UNESCO and the Singapore Film Commission; one of his films, Perth, was screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  As a playwright, Damon’s works have been produced on three continents and published by Samuel French and Smith & Kraus. He won an Ovation Award for his play Film Chinois, and was the recipient of a Durfee Foundation grant. Damon grew up in Singapore and has an MBA from Stanford University and a law degree from Oxford University.

Artistic Director Carl Forsman had this to say about Chua: “I am thrilled to welcome Damon Chua to Keen Company. After an extensive search, the board and I concluded that we had found an excellent candidate to partner with me and continue Keen's tradition of producing quality plays off-Broadway. Damon brings a wealth of skills that will continue Keen's growth as we focus on expanding our offerings, widening our reach, and championing plays that examine the value of living a life of generosity and compassion. We are both thrilled about this season that features two fantastic writers in Lanford Wilson and Tina Howe, and we can't wait to welcome audiences back for our twelfth season.”

Keen’s new season will begin September 13th at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street) with Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky. Spring will offer the first New York revival of Painting Churches, the smash hit comedy from Tina Howe, the author of Coastal Disturbances and Pride's Crossing; performances will begin February 14th.

Keen Company continues their tradition of presenting plays that illuminate the challenge to live generously, and these two stories about children and parents will bring these themes to thrilling life. Keen believes that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

For subscriptions for the upcoming Keen season, call the Subscriber Hotline at 212/560-2185.  To purchase individual tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call 212/239-6200 or for more information, visit www.keencompany.org . 

Keen Company

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company
Announces Their 12th Season:

Coming this Fall: LEMON SKY by Lanford Wilsondirected by Drama Desk nominee Jonathan Silverstein

And next Spring: The First NY revival of PAINTING CHURCHES by Tina Howe, directed by Drama Desk nominee Carl Forsman

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Damon Chua, Executive Director) today announced that their 2011-’12 season will begin with Lanford Wilson’s Lemon Sky, the 1970 drama by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer ofTalley's Folly, Burn This, and Fifth of July. Keen Company seeks to honor memory of the author who Frank Rich called, “our primary heir to Tennessee Williams.” In Lemon SkyWilson recounts a personal story in autobiographical detail: his journey, at age 17, to California to live with his estranged father's second family. Clive Barnes wrote, “It has the immediacy of the way we live, and something of the smooth-spoken hysteria.” It is a portrait of this great artist as a young man, and Keen Company is proud to be bringing his singular voice back to New York.

Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Lemon Sky, at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues), will begin September 13th and continue through October 22nd only, with opening night set for September 27th.  Cast and designers will be announced shortly.

Spring will see the first New York revival of Tina Howe’s Painting Churches, the smash hit comedy from the author of Coastal Disturbances and Pride's Crossing.  Frank Rich wrote, “In Painting Churches, her beautifully written play, Tina Howe has dramatized an illuminating connection between life and art. Miss Howe believes that, in life, perspective can be everything: only with age and experience and luck can children finally see their parents clearly and whole, in the mature light that reveals all. The same, of course, can be true of the relationship of artists to their material. An artist often returns to the same subject again and again, and with time, the perspective keeps changing. Lucky artists eventually reach that state of wisdom or grace where their vision is complete. For the less fortunate, whether in life or art, the grand design remains stubbornly, even tragically, out of reach."  Performances will begin February 14th.

"I have a long history with Lanford Wilson's work,” said Forsman. “The first Broadway play I ever went to see was Fifth Of July. My last date with my high school sweetheart was Burn This on Broadway. I have always loved Lanford's writing, and I have long wanted to produce one of his plays. I believe his compassion is unrivaled amongst American playwrights, and I believe his work has a natural home at Keen Company. We're thrilled to be presenting Lemon Sky, his most personal play, and are grateful to his estate for permission to produce this important work. Keen Company's first tremendous leap of faith was producing Tina Howe's 42-character play Museum in our second season in 2002. I am honored to be able to bring Tina's unique and hilarious voice back to our stage. Painting Churches is such a touching portrait of our effort to understand our parents, and Keen Company is thrilled to be presenting its first New York revival. We'll endeavor to whip up enough chaos to delight Tina and her many fans.”

Keen Company continues their tradition of presenting plays that illuminate the challenge to live generously, and these two stories about children and parents will bring these themes to thrilling life. Keen believes that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

Performances for both productions will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will play Tuesday evenings at 7pm; Wednesday through Friday evenings at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm.  Tickets will be $59.75 for each show, but a subscription package for both shows is only $60 (plus a $10 service fee). That's 50% off the single ticket price, and includes unlimited exchange privileges, invitations to Keen’s subscriber-only reading series Chestnuts, and discounted tickets to the annual benefit.  For subscriptions, which go on sale July 1st, call the Subscriber Hotline at 212/560-2185.  To purchase individual tickets, visit Telecharge.com or call 212/239-6200 or for more information, visit www.keencompany.org.

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning
Keen Company Extends
Their Acclaimed 25th Anniversary Production of
Benefactors
 

Now Through May 7th ONLY!

“Critics Pick” (New York Times)

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The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Wayne Kelton, Executive Director) today announced that their acclaimed 25th Anniversary production of Benefactors would extend to May 7th to accommodate overwhelming demand.

"Gripping! …makes a persuasive argument that this drama rivals Mr. Frayn’s more famous successes, Noises Off and Copenhagen, as the Keen Company unsentimentally reveals how the friendship between two right-thinking, liberal couples slowly unravels all four lives.” (New York Times)

 “Richly eloquent… It could be ripped from recent local headlines. This revival fills the theater with both splendor and discontent” (Time Out NY)

 “A Grade-A revival by the ever-enterprising Keen Company” (Theatermania)

“A sterling revival...Benefactors works on a number of levels, from its look at how varying fortunes affect friendships to its clever riffs on Ibsen's The Master Builder. Under Carl Forsman's assured direction, the performers deliver terrific performances” (New York Post)

Benefactors is well worth your time and attention; Vivienne Benesch is a terrific Jane…Deanne Lorette is bravely uncompromising as Sheila” (Back Stage).

Mr. Forsman directs a cast that includes Vivienne Benesch (appeared opposite Maggie Smith in the London revival of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque; OBIE winner for Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives), Daniel Jenkins (Love Child, Mary Poppins, Tony nominee for Big River), Deanne Lorette (La Bete), and Stephen Barker Turner (Rinne Groff's Compulsion opposite Mandy Patinkin).

Keen Company produces sincere plays. We believe that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

Remaining performances will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm; Wednesday at 3pm and 8pm, Thursday and Friday evenings at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm, through May 7th.

Tickets will be $59.75 (includes a $1.25 facility fee) and may be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling 212/239-6200. For more information, visit www.keencompany.org.

Drama Desk and Obie Award-Winning Keen Company Continues Their 10th Anniversary Season Celebrating the Work of Michael Frayn With the 25th Anniversary of Benefactors

Performances Begin March 22nd, With Opening Night set for April 5th

The Drama Desk and Obie Award-winning Keen Company (Carl Forsman, Artistic Director/Wayne Kelton, Executive Director) today announced the cast for the 25th Anniversary production of Benefactors.  Carl Forsman will direct a cast that includes Vivienne Benesch (appeared opposite Maggie Smith in the London revival of Edward Albee's The Lady from Dubuque; OBIE winner for Lee Blessing's Going to St. Ives), Daniel Jenkins (Love Child, Mary Poppins, Tony nominee for Big River), Deanne Lorette (La Bete), and Stephen Barker Turner (Rinne Groff's Compulsion opposite Mandy Patinkin).

Performances for this limited Off-Broadway engagement of Benefactors at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street), will begin March 22nd and continue through April 30th only, with opening night set for April 5th (7pm). Design team includes Josh Bradford (lighting), Dane Laffrey (set), Jennifer Paar (costume) and Will Pickens (sound).

Benefactorsis a poignant look at marriage and friendship, about an architect charged with building a major development and the project’s impact on his family and friends. Frank Rich in The New York Times called Benefactors"Dazzling!"

“I was thrilled that there was such a large audience for Alphabetical Order this spring - I never expected an unknown thirty-five year old play to be the biggest hit in Keen Company's history, but it was, and I believe it ran so strongly because it had such a big heart and enormous generosity about the struggling folks it depicted. Benefactors is an altogether more serious play; a deeper, more nuanced picture of humanity. But it shares with Alphabetical Order Frayn's benevolent view that people really do try, in their own, flawed ways, to do the best they can by their fellows.  Mr. Frayn has commented to me that he believes it is his best work, and I look forward to tackling it with these wonderful actors,” said Forsman. 

Keen Company produces sincere plays. We believe that theater is at its most powerful when texts and productions are generous in spirit and provoke identification. Inspired by the works of early 20th Century American playwrights, Keen Company demonstrates that an earnest intent can still be sophisticated. We are unafraid of emotional candor, vulnerability, and optimism. Keen Company seeks to create a culture of artists, technicians, administrators and audiences who share a desire to invigorate the theater with productions that connect us through humor, heart and hope.

Michael Frayn was born in 1933, in the suburbs of London. He began his career as a reporter on The Guardian, then became a columnist on that paper from 1959 to 1962, and for The Observer from 1962 to 1968. He has published ten novels - Spies, Headlong, Tin Men, The Russian Interpreter, Towards the End of Morning, A Very Private Life, Sweet Dreams, The Trick of It, A Landing on the Sun, and Now You Know, together with two philosophical works, Constructions and The Human Touch. He has written a number of plays for television and for the stage including The Two of Us, Alphabetical Order, Donkeys' Years, Clouds, Balmoral (Liberty Hall), Make and Break, Noises Off, Benefactors, Look Look and Here. Alphabetical Order, Make and Break and Noises Off all received Best Comedy of the Year Awards, while Benefactors was named Best Play of the Year. He has translated four of Chekhov's full-length plays - The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters, The Seagull and Uncle Vanya and adapted Chekhov's first, untitled play as Wild Honey. He has also translated four of his one-act plays - The Evils Of Tobacco, Swan Song, The Bear and The Proposal and adapted five short stories Drama, The Alien Corn, The Sneeze, The Inspector General, Swan Song and Plots for the stage. These, with the exception of Plots, were staged collectively as The Sneeze. He has also translated Tolstoy's Fruits of Enlightenment, Yuri Trifonov's Exchange and Anouilh's Number One. Clockwise, his first film, was released in 1986 starring John Cleese. His second film, First and Last, won an International Emmy Award in 1990. The film of his play Noises Off was produced by Disney. Alphabetical Order, Donkeys' Years, Make and Break and Benefactors have all been filmed for U.K. television and A Landing on the Sun was filmed and broadcast (on BBC) in 1994. Michael adapted his novel, Now You Know, which opened at the Hampstead Theatre in 1995 and subsequently toured the country. New plays followed: Copenhagen opened at the National Theatre in 1998 and transferred to the Duchess Theatre. It won Best Play at both the Evening Standard Awards and the London Critics' Circle Awards and won the Tony Award for Best Play for its Broadway premiere,. Democracy had its world premiere at the National Theatre in 2003 and transferred to Broadway in 2004. His most recent play, Afterlife, about impresario Max Reinhardt premiered at the National Theatre.

Carl Forsman (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Keen Company.  Recent work includes Love Child at New World Stages and Primary Stages, A Few Good Men at the Asolo, Tina Howe’s new translations of Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano & The Lesson for the Atlantic Theater Company, and Sin by Michael Murphy for The New Group.  He was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Best Director for his work on Keen Company’s revival of The Voice of the Turtle, which transferred to an extended run Off-Broadway.  His direction of the American premiere of Conor McPherson’s The Good Thief earned an OBIE Award for star Brian d’Arcy James and Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle nominations for Best Solo Performance.  Other directions for Keen Company include Gerald Sibleyras’ Heroes, John Belluso’s Pyretown, Thronton Wilder’s The Happy Journey, David Hay’s The Maddening Truth, Michael Murphy’s The Conscientious Objector, Beasley’s Christmas Party, David Auburn’s adaptation of The Journals of Mihail Sebastian, P.G. Wodehouse’s Good Morning, Bill, Keith Reddin’s Can’t Let Go, Tina Howe’s Museum, Gertrude Tonkonogy’s Three-Cornered Moon, and S.N. Behrman’s The Second Man.  Other work in New York includes Courtney Baron’s In the Widows’ Garden and Eric Winick’s Rearviewmirror (Reverie Productions), Keith Reddin’s David and Bathseba (Chekhov Now Festival) and Julia Jordan’s Paul Westerberg (Soho Rep Summercamp). He has also taught at NYU/Atlantic, FSU/Asolo, and SMU. He is a graduate of Middlebury College. 

Performances will be at The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row (410 West 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenues) and will be Tuesday evenings at 7pm; Wednesday through Friday evenings at 8pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 8pm; and Sunday matinees at 3pm.

Tickets will be $59.75and may be purchased by visiting Telecharge.com or calling 212/239-6200. For more information, visit www.keencompany.org

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