VISIONARY VOICES: 2 WOMEN WRITERS, 3 BIG STORIES

Genre: Comedy, Drama
Written by Susan Glaspell & Marita Bonner, Directed by Tonya Pinkins & Aimee Todoroff

Three poignant, tantalizing plays by two pioneering women playwrights, exploring gender roles, race, and death in America’s early twentieth century.

 

Trifles by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff
A "ripped from the headlines" murder-mystery is the inspiration for Glaspell's iconic play about a seemingly diabolical crime without a motive. While the investigators look to the usual clues, only their wives, Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters, are able to clearly see course of events that lead to a woman's desperate act.  Director Aimee Todoroff states, “The discussion around the inclusion of women's perspectives in our public discourse, especially in politics and media, has been a hot topic in 2016. In 1916, Susan Glaspell brilliantly created a taught, heart-wrenching mystery that can only be fully understood when the audience shares the women's perspective, illuminating in a visceral way that inclusion is imperative to the human experience. Without women, we're only telling half the story!”

Cast:  Cheri Wicks*, Mel House*, Michael Birch*, Arthur Aulisi*, Chris Harcum*

 

Exit: An Illusion by Marita Bonner directed by Tonya Pinkins
A lovers quarrel? A nightmare? A dream? The only thing that is certain is that tomorrow is not promised. So Live, Love Now.

Cast: Morgan McGuire, T. Thompson, Carl Fisk

 

The People by Susan Glaspell, directed by Aimee Todoroff
The radical newspaper "The People," run by the world-weary Edward Willis and his cynical assistant editor Oscar Tripp, is on the verge of shutting down. As the staff and loyal readers each take comic swipes at why the paper is failing, a mysterious woman from out of town arrives with some much needed inspiration, just in time to save "The People."  The Charlie Hebdo shootings. Breitbart media. Fake news. A ‘post-fact society.’ These issues can feel overwhelming. It's enough to make a person want to give up. Susan Glaspell's humor, wit and experience as a journalist send us a poignant message from exactly 100 years ago…Hope.

Cast: Arthur Aulisi*, Erin Gilbreth*, Chris Harcum*, Carl Fisk, Nihara Nichelle, Sidiki Fofana, Cheri Wicks*, Michael Birch*, Mel House*, Morgan McGuire, T. Thompson, and Madeline Lovegrove

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Showcase.


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company
The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.
Open:   02/15/17
Close:   03/05/17

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Wednesdays-Sundays at 8:00pm:2/15/20172/16/20172/17/20172/18/20172/19/20172/22/20172/23/20172/24/20172/25/20172/26/20173/1/20173/2/20173/3/20173/4/20173/5/2017:
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3/1/2017
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3/4/2017
3/5/2017

Theater:   Gloria Maddox Theatre
Address:   151 West 26th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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Cost:$18. $15 for seniors and students
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Presented by: American Bard Theater Company         Official Web Site: www.americanbard.org