|Benny - A Bold New Play About Adoption And Identity
| Open: 07/16/09 Close: 08/01/09
Benny is a kaleidoscopic theatrical portrait of Anna, a young woman who, after a diagnosis, a broken marriage and a lifetime of displacement, finds herself on a reluctant journey of self-discovery looking for a road to her birth parents and one that will bring her home.
Trish Minskoff is director of Benny. Producer: Bob Brader; Technical Direction: Douglas Shearer; Lighting Consultant: John Tees, III (B’way: Sly Fox); Set and Costume Design: Nadia Volvic; Graphic Design: Michael Koch (Lighthouse Visions); Photography: Scott Wynn; Publicist: Paul Siebold.
Benny marks the latest Bachner/Minskoff collaboration after their celebrated Off-Broadway production of Circle for PS NBC@HERE, The Kraine Theater and The Raw Space, which won an OOBR award, ran Off-Broadway for five months, and which The New York Times called “Ingenious…it is no accident that so many of the sharp jokes come as complete surprises.” Benny is the result of a two-year development process that was We Call Her Benny. Duncan Pflaster of BroadwayWorld.com called Benny, "One of the most theatrically interesting pieces I have seen in years...The direction is startlingly crisp and clean...The writing is deft and fearless...The cast is incredible...This play should be seen by anyone wanting to know the future of theatre."
Trish Minskoff directs a powerhouse ensemble of five actors with significant dramatic achievements in New York theatre, Off-Broadway, Feature Film and Television, including Susan Barrett* (Television: 30 Rock, Law & Order), Bob Celli* (Off B’way: Circle, New York: Burn This), Morgan Lindsey Tachco (New York: The Expatriates, We Call Her Benny), Tim Smallwood* (Film: Trust, Television: Law & Order), and Danny Wiseman* (Off B’way: Circle, Regional: Sweeney Todd, National Tour: Annie, Singin’ in the Rain), all of whom are dedicated to supporting new dramatic works.
Suzanne Bachner’s plays have been seen at PS NBC@HERE, The Raw Space, Pulse Ensemble Theatre, The Duplex, The Michael Weller Theatre, The National Arts Club, Boston Center for the Performing Arts, and 20th Century Fox at the Coronet Theater in LA, among others. Plays include Don’t Let Destiny Push You Around, Alexandra Triptych, Screwdrivers & Sunday Brunch, Jump Start, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Sex Ed and the long-running cult hits, Icons & Outcasts and BITE. Suzanne studied playwriting with Romulus Linney (MFA, The first graduating class of Actors Studio Drama School at The New School), has received four OOBR Awards and is an active member of The Dramatists Guild.
Trish Minskoff’s NY credits include: When I Was a Girl, I Used to Scream and Shout, by Sharman Macdonald with Roberta Maxwell and Robin Morse (NY premiere), Don’t Let Destiny Push You Around for PS NBC@HERE and Crimes of the Heart (National Theatre Workshop for the Handicapped for Emerge Arts). Workshop productions include: As Long as it’s Morning (Rattlestick Theatre) and The Child (Vineyard Theatre). In addition, she assisted John Dexter on the Buxton Opera Festival and West End production of Gigi. Trish studied at LAMDA completing both the 3-year Acting Course and the 2-year Stage Management Courses, has an MFA in Directing and Playwriting from The Actors Studio at The New School University and is a member of The Dramatists Guild and The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.
| Open: 09/19/09 Close: 09/30/09
It’s 1984. Three innocent New York City sixth-graders and their private school educators explore the often hilarious and frequently frightening world of sexual education in the classroom and beyond. The classroom heats up as pictographic nudity abounds in this clever and poignant account of sexual stirrings.
Sex Ed features a cast of three: Bob Brader, Judy Krause*, and Danny Wiseman*, each of whom play multiple characters. *Member, AEA
Written and developed by Suzanne Bachner as the Resident Playwright at The Actors Institute, Sex Ed was last presented to critical acclaim at the 2nd Annual Midtown International Theatre Festival and at Horse Trade Theater Group. Off-Off Broadway Review proclaims Bachner’s work “playwriting of the craftiest kind - sharp, unpredictable, shrewd…Bachner's confident writing packs a punch.” Theatermania called Sex Ed a “tightly structured piece” that “leaves us wanting more.” NYTheatre states Sex Ed is “a success. It is concise, sincere, and thankfully free of cynicism (a rarity these days). And, Bachner is clearly a talented playwright.” And, Electronic Link says “Bachner’s mastery is once again revealed as she imperceptibly erases the thin line between innocent rebellion and staggering cruelty.
|Spitting In The Face Of The Devil
| Open: 08/14/09 Close: 08/29/09
The sins of the father go on and on from son to son until someone chooses to end them. Little Bobby took a knife and nearly killed his father, the Bob Sr. nobody knew. Now his son reveals what only he knows. SPITTING IN THE FACE OF THE DEVIL, a daring, darkly funny, highly personal, absolutely true solo show in the vein of Spalding Gray and Mike Daisey. The show is about the author's tension-filled relationship with his father, a charismatic and terrifying ex-Marine. Bob Brader, Sr. harbors a huge personal secret about his sexuality that is revealed halfway through the piece; this revelation comes as a shocking surprise not only to the author, but also to the audience, who discovers the details along with him.
|We Call Her Benny
| Open: 03/07/07 Close: 03/17/07
We Call Her Benny, written and directed by SUZANNE BACHNER, is a dynamic 10-actor ensemble piece that tells the story of an adopted woman's victory through manic-depression, sexual dysfunction, a broken marriage and the reluctant search for her birth parents. It is a brand new piece created expressly for the first-ever FRIGID New York festival.
The production stars Bob Brader as Peter, stars Anna Bridgforth as Anna, stars Anna Cody as Anna, stars Bob Celli as Dad, stars Thaddeus Daniels as Kevin stars Sean Dill as Dr. Weitzner stars Francis P. O'Flynn as Brother, stars Candice Owens as Nurse and as Judy, stars Morgan Lindsey Tachco as Ms. Boyd and as Gaby, and stars Danny Wiseman as Cabbie and as Max .
The production features choreography and assistant directions by Julie Rosier, costume design and associate production by Deborah Alves, lighting consultation by John Tees, III, technical direction by Douglas Shearer, consultations by Fred Poole and Marta Szabo of The Authentic Writing Workshops, photography by Scott Wynn, and graphic design by Michael Koch.