The Active Theater (Nathaniel Shaw, Artistic Director),now in its fourth season, presents the New York revival of Richard Greenberg’s THE VIOLET HOUR in association with Goode Productions. The play opens on Monday, March 12th at The Workshop Theater (312 W. 36th Street). Previews begin Friday, March 9th. The production runs through March 25th.
THE VIOLET HOUR is abouta young publisher who struggles to choose his next project while dealing with the appearance of a strange machine that spits out manuscript pages with information about his future.
Starring newcomer John P. Keller, and Cheryl Freeman (Broadway: The Who’s Tommy, Play On, The Civil War); the cast also features Lincoln Thompson, Heather Lee Harper, and Andrew Sellon. Nathaniel Shaw is the director.
The design team is comprised of Mike Inwood (Lighting), Craig Napoliello (Set), Jacob Subotnik (Sound) and Tony Award Nominee (for Taboo) Bobby Pearce (Costumes).
Richard Greenberg (Playwright) is the author of Take Me Out (Tony, New York Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Lortel and Drama League Awards), The Violet Hour, The Dazzle (Outer Critics Circle Award), Hurrah at Last, Three Days of Rain (L.A. Drama Critics Award; Olivier, Drama Desk, Hull- Warriner nominations) and many other plays. He won the Oppenheimer Award for a debuting playwright, the first Pen/Laura Pels Award for a mid-career playwright and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Nathaniel Shaw (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of The Active Theater. For the company he has directed the World Premiere of Bridgeboy, and the Midtown International Theatre Festival nominated World Premiere of Body Language. Under his leadership the company has collaborated with artists such as Tony Nominees Marcia Milgrom Dodge and Xanthe Elbrick, Jeremy Dobrish, Christian Campbell, Michael McGlone, Samantha Buck, and Marc Robin. His regional credits include the direction of Hair at the Mount Washington Valley Theater Company, which garnered 13 NHTA Nominations, including Best Direction and Best Choreography. Also for Mount Washington he directed and choreographed Hairspray and Damn Yankees,and directed A Chorus Line. His choreography has been seen at the Broadway Palm Theater in Mesa, Arizona in Fiddler on the Roof and Babes in Toyland, as well as in the film Perception by Daedalus Productions.
Now in its fourth season, The Active Theater produced the world premiere of Anthony Dodge’s Venus Flytrap, Touch, Two Rooms, the musical Romance/Romance, and the New York premiere of William Donnelly’s Magnetic North. The Active Theater has presented new works in collaboration with producers Greg Schaffert, Craig Haffner, and Karl Held and recently joined forces with Bud Martin as associate producer for the New York premiere of Bruce Graham’s Any Given Monday.The Active Theater continues to produce thought provoking, contemporary American theater aimed at giving audiences an opportunity to more closely examine the world we all share.
Originally produced by South Coast Repertory, THE VIOLET HOURopened on Broadway on November 6, 2003 at The Manhattan Theater Club’s Biltmore Theater.
The playing schedule for THE VIOLET HOUR is as follows: Thursdays, at 7PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 3PM. Opening night is Monday, March 12th at 7pm, with an addition performanceWednesday, March 21st at 7pm. Tickets are $18. The production runs through March 25th.
Ionescopade, "A Musical Vaudeville," premiered Off-Broadway in 1974. To continue our season "York Celebrates Off-Broadway," York presents a new look at the works of the prolific and influential absurdist playwright Eugene Ionesco, famous for his plays The Bald Soprano, Rhinoceros, The Chairs and Exit the King(which recently enjoyed a hit revival on Broadway). Plays, playlets, and poetry by this Master of the absurd transport us into a zany musical vaudeville, where humor is the antidote to the world’s realities.
Taken from the works of Eugene Ionesco Music and Lyrics by Mildred Kayden Original Concept by Robert Allan Ackerman Music Direction by Christopher McGovern Directed and Choreographed by Bill Castellino
Last Updated on Sunday, 19 February 2012 21:36
Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!
Written by Corine Cohen
Saturday, 21 January 2012 20:02
Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You!
Video shot and edited by: Corine Cohen
BE CAREFUL ! THE SHARKS WILL EAT YOU ! EXTENDED Feb 19 at 2 pm Feb 24, 25 at 730 pm Feb 26 at 2 pm Mar 5,6 at 730 pm Mar 11 at 2 pm Mar 15, 16 at 730 pm Mar 18 at 2 pm
DIRECTED BY THERESA GAMBACORTA
Each performance is followed by a reception with complimentary beverages and snacks and a chance to share stories with Jay.
We hope you can stay after to share in the rich spirit and community.
Be Careful! The Sharks Will Eat You! is presented in English, with a few bits of Spanish
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 January 2012 20:17
ALL FOR ONE FESTIVAL
Written by PRESS RELEASE
Friday, 18 November 2011 16:23
THE FINAL WEEKEND CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE.
"TRUTH VALUES"- NOV. 19 (2:30pm) Created as a response to former Harvard President Lawrence Summer's now infamous suggestion that women are less represented in the sciences because of innate gender differences, "Truth Values: One Girl's Romp Through M.I.T.'s Male Math Maze" is a true-life tale that offers a humorous, scathing, insightful and ultimately uplifting look at the challenges of being a professional woman in a male-dominated field. Performed barefoot on a bare stage with only a chair and a small table, writer/performer and "recovering mathematician" Gioia De Cari brings to life more than 30 characters in a hilarious and deeply touching performance that has earned raves from critics and stirred audiences to standing ovations. "Truth Values" is an ideal conversation starter about issues concerning women in math andscience.
“GOOD MORNING ANITA HILL”– NOV. 19 (7pm) Anger meets absurdity and age meets hilarity in one woman's experiential retrospective of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings. Here's what happens when a middle-aged Jewish woman confronts her road rage at the 20-year-old intersection of young motherhood and the Anita Hill/Clarence Thomas hearings. With a fair amount of Bristol Palin tossed in. "RASH"– NOV. 20 (7pm) What if your dream job could kill you? A UN human rights worker’s journey, living and loving under fire in post-genocide Rwanda. “RASH” is based on Jenni Wolfson’s personal experiences working for the UN in Rwanda, and in other countries in crises. Through her experiences, Jenni wanted to give people a taste of what it might be like to live, love and laugh in the midst of horror and tragedy. "RASH" makes something as huge and incomprehensible as genocide personal. We see Jenni work in over-crowded prisons and help genocide survivors and tortured victims. Her risk-taking lands her smack in the middle of land-mines, mortal shelling and rebel attacks. "One guy slides his hand up the back of my leg and whispers in my ear, 'we're going to have fun with you.'" And as if having a rebel gun to her head wasn't enough, Jenni has to deal with her Jewish family back in Scotland who are struggling to cope with her life choices. Her dream job is their worst nightmare. The show creates suspense and disbelief, keeping people on the edge of their seats as Jenni weaves through the momentous moments in her life that have profoundly changed her.
"HAPPINESS"- NOV. 18 (9pm) & NOV. 20 (3pm) The astonishing and ultimately triumphant first earthly adventure of one tiny, fragile and resilient body belonging to an infant girl whose mythic survival is a profile in courage almost impossible to describe.
"unframed”- NOV. 20 (1pm) MeetIYABA IBO MANDINGO, formerlyKENNY ATHEL GEORGE DECRUISE- painter, poet, husband, father, son, and undocumented immigrant from Antigua. At the age of eleven, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father. Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose, and song, Iyaba tells us a story of his transformation from "Mommy Me No Wanna Go Merrica" - a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land - to his powerful political poetry that would lead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America. Throughout the play Iyaba shares his rage, determination, and hope: he struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time, all while he paints his self-portrait. YES. HE PAINTS A SELF-PORTRAIT RIGHT BEFOREOURVERY EYES AS HE ALLOWS US TO ENTER HIS SOUL THROUGHHISVERY EYES.
"SHADOWBOXING"- NOV. 19 (9pm) A young boxer fights his way out of the neighborhood, off of the streets, away from the thugs, the drugs and the guns; all the way up to the TITLE MATCH. Then he takes on his demons and salvation.
"OVER THERE"- NOV. 20 (9pm) This comedy llustrates the hardships and hilarity of PJ Walsh's journey - from a screw-up kid convinced there's no chance of war who enlists in 1990, all the way to the White House. It's his career in stand-up, though, that causes him to face his mortality in the belly of a C-130 flying over Afghanistan.
"SCARED SKINNY"- NOV. 19 (4:30pm) As a chubby Italian-American child growing up in Queens, Mary Dimino was warned by her mother that playing in a sandbox could lead to venereal disease, and cautioned by her "perverted" knife-wielding grandmother to stay away from all boys and dogs. Eating sausage and pepper sandwiches for lunch (with a cannoli for dessert), she suffered acute humiliation from her peers. Yet when she was only 8 years old, the realization of Mary's dream, to one day be skinny, was foretold by a Ouija board. Still an obese virgin at 26, Mary had an epiphany when she overheard two "guidos" from Brooklyn making merciless fun of her. Angry and determined, she faced her fears and after a number of false starts, finally fulfilled the destiny of her Ouija board. One hundred and fifteen pounds later, Mary Dimino tells the amazing and hilarious story behind her remarkable achievement.
THEATRE 80 ST. MARKS 80 St. Marks Place Just West of First Avenue – between 7th & 9th Streets Take N or R to 8th Street/NUY stop #6 to Astor Place stop L to 1st Avenue stop
$20 Tickets ON SALE NOW www.AFOfest.org
Last Updated on Friday, 18 November 2011 16:24
Interview with Phillip George
Written by Corine Cohen
Wednesday, 12 October 2011 13:30
Corine Cohen chatted with Director/Writer Phillip George about the new show he directed at the New York Musical Theatre festival Gotta Get A Girl and more.