| Open: 03/02/07 Close: 04/01/07
Metropolitan Playhouse presents André, an early American verse drama about our first traitor.
George Washington wrote of him, "He was more unfortunate than criminal." Alexander Hamilton said, "Never perhaps did any man suffer death with more justice, or deserve it less."
They are talking about Major John André, the tragic collaborator with Benedict Arnold. First performed in 1798, William Dunlap's tragedy follows the charming and poetic anti-hero to the gallows. Written in blank verse, the play nods to its British predecessors, while demonstrating distinctly American sympathies, attitudes, characterizations, and histories.
| Open: 05/01/05 Close: 05/21/05
The story of Florence Kelly and early 20th Century cursader for children's rights
|Give And Go: Learning From Losing To The Harlem Globetrotters
| Open: 02/11/10 Close: 02/27/10
A semi-autobiographical, multi-character, solo show by 6’6” writer/performer (and former professional power forward) Brandt Johnson, "Give and Go is a" “…high-spirited one-man cavalcade of characters...(nytheatre.com)," which tells the story of an ambitious and eager Billy Tyler, whose love of basketball and dogged discipline earn him positions on high school and college teams — yet fail to get him a spot in the NBA. When he applies the same grit to Wall Street, the rewards are immediate, but the love is gone. Leaving a lucrative career in investment banking, he returns to bank shots and finds himself on a European tour playing against the Harlem Globetrotters, losing every game. But it is there he discovers that true success is not about winning; it’s about loving the game you play.
First presented at FringeNYC 2007, "Give and Go" is newly re-written and freshly conceived. NYTheatre.com praised, "Johnson shows fantastic range with his many characters without losing entertaining similarities....As today’s sports pages increasingly fill with ugly personal sagas...Billy’s story restores regard for the athlete, as he demonstrates integrity and a willingness to learn lessons in his search for identity. Oh, and he has a sense of humor."
| Open: 11/10/06 Close: 12/10/06
The Metropolitan Playhouse presents Clyde Fitch's The Truth, a rare revival of a comedy of manners by one of the most influential and infamous turn-of-the-20th-century playwrights you've never heard of. When the snooping Eve Lindon catches Becky Warder chatting with her lascivious ex-husband, she aims to expose the affair in front of both of their households. Becky has a reasonable explanation for their meetings, but she's a pathological liar who insists on embellishing her story. Before long, her reputation and her marriage hang on the changing of her ways.
The Truth is the second play of Metropolitan Playhouse's "Season Fifteen: Black and White," exploring American history and drama to comment on our Manichean age.
| Open: 01/15/07 Close: 01/28/07
Metropolitan Playhouse embarks on a Twainathon -- its second an annual festival of performances inspired by an American author. Twainathon includes musicals and monologues; dance performances and full length plays; as well as adaptations and biographies. Additionally, each evening of the festival will lead off with a reading or recital of one of Twain's works. The shows are divided into seven different programs (or "Riverboats"), each consisting of one to three presentations.
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