QUICK CURTAINS

Genre: Comedy
Produced by: Justin Boccitto & The Group Theatre Too, LLC; Directed by Michael Blevins

Give the gift of theatre this holiday season by attending this fundraising event for GTT's one-act playhouse series.

Support Future Evenings of The One-Act Playhouse + GTT's New Educational Program, The One-Act Playhouse Jr. Currently In Residence at PS #75 Elementary School.

QUICK CURTAINS is part of The Group Theatre Too, LLC One Act Playhouse Series and features an evening of shorts by contemporary and classic playwrights. Produced by The Group Theatre Too, LLC & Executive Producer Justin Boccitto; Directed by Michael Blevins.

"Michael Blevins is a wizard of a director. . ." --Peter Filichia, TheaterMania.com

QUICK CURTAINS features 5 works, new and time-honored, including:

THE STRONGER by August Strindberg: In this new modern day adaptation of Strindberg's classic monologue, featuring three characters, irony abounds and sustains a dramatic intensity that few plays possess. Though but one character speaks, the souls of the three are skillfully laid bare.

AFTERMATH by Alexander D. Rulin: This Respect-Your-Body One-Act Play for teens is a new original work created especially for GTT's Social Awareness Theatre Program as has been touring Tri-State Sr. & Jr. High Schools. The fact is, teenagers can make wise choices about drug and alcohol usage, dieting, sexual promiscuity, and other issues pertaining to respect for one's body. But what choices are they making? And why are they making them? Aftermath, from the pen of a 17 year old inner-city youth, sheds light on the lives of 7 young people as they face daily choices about substance abuse, promiscuity, diet, other social issues and the inevitable consequences of the choices they make. Knowledge is power - arm young people with the power of positive choices. Aftermath shows young people the awesome power in every choice they make.

SIX WHO PASS WHILE THE LENTILS BOIL by Stuart Walker: Stuart Walker's most popular play, dramatized in the vein of Lewis Carroll, Walker serves us this fanciful bit of action carried out by a boy and six people who pass a pot of boiling lentils. They are on their way to the decapitation of a Queen who is condemned to die having stepped upon the ring-toe of the King's Great Aunt!

A PAIR OF LUNATICS by W.R. Walkes: In a new adaptation of the classic sketch, A Pair of Lunatics, He and She, on first meeting in a mental institution, are lead to believe the other is an inmate. This ever-popular comedy originally played at the Drury Lane Theatre, London Featuring George Alexander and Maude Millett as "He" and "She," respectively. The opening generated an overwhelming success- a time-honored classic that delivers laugh after laugh- the fun is immense!

THE POT BOILER by Alice Gerstenberg: This is a satirical vaudeville sketch and American stage classic. The term "pot boiler" refers to a bad play that has usually been written quickly to support a playwrights daily living expenses. In this stage classic, adapted by The Group Theatre Too, LLC our leading man, the playwright demonstrates how a truly great playwright writes a play by employing symbolic stock characters (named after office supplies) such as: Mrs. Pencil, Mr. Ruler, Indelible Marker and Miss Scissors. As his melodramatic and cliche plot unfolds it becomes apparent that this hysterically brilliant satire could be describing several prominent modern-day playwrights.

About the Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC

The Group Theatre Too was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director, Michael Blevins and Executive Producer, Justin Boccitto. Some of GTT's past productions have included: the New York revival of Seesaw, Count To Ten, an official selection of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival and winner of the 2008 National Youth Theatre Award for Best New Musical, Stephen Belber's Tape, Jack Heifner's Vanities, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Love Letters, The Boyfriend, The Subject Was Roses, David Rimmer’s Album and the annual Choreographer’s Canvas. GTT also produced MAC Award Winner, Alisa Schiff, in Mama Said...The Songs of Cass Elliott.

Generation Tap, GTT’s tap company, has appeared at Tap City, Tap Extravaganza, The United Nations, Circle in the Square and was featured in Dancer Magazine. Seen by over 5,000 school students, GTT’s social awareness play, Aftermath is now available for performance through Heuer Publishing. GTT also runs after-school arts programming at P.S. 75 Elementary School and retains a fiscal sponsorship through The Field, a 501 (c)(3) organization in Manhattan. GTT's Artistic Advisory Board includes Mercedes Ellington, Nicole Fosse, Mallory Graham, Maurice Hines, John Kander, Bernard Kaplan, Theodore Mann*, Bettye Morrow, David Rimmer, Chita Rivera and Sue Samuels. The company is represented by entertainment lawyer, Donald Farber.

The Group Theatre Too hopes to encourage diversity and the exploration of the human experience through theatre-dance-music performances and arts education programs that will require youths and adults to be active participants and advocates for others; aware of their surroundings and their ability to mediate and effect change. Through the celebration of artists and the art of entertainment, GTT hopes to communicate the fact that as many ways as we humans are different we share common bonds and can connect with everyone on some level bringing new understanding and compassion to our lives.

*deceased

Open:   12/18/08
Close:   12/18/08

Schedule:
One performance only! Tuesday, December 18th, 2008 8PM
Theater:   78th Street Theatre Lab
Address:   236 W. 78th Street
New York, NY 10024
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Closest subway: 1,9 to 79th Street; walk south to 78th St, east to the theatre

Cost:$22.50
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Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC         Official Web Site: www.grouptheatretoo.org