|By Oscar Micheaux
| Open: 10/20/07 Close: 11/04/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company opens its exciting fifth season with the world premier of By Oscar Micheaux, a stirring new play by Kleban Award-winning playwright Cheryl L. Davis. This is the (mostly) true story of Oscar Micheaux, one of the nations first African-American filmmakers. Against all odds, Micheaux became a successful playwright, novelist and director of over 40 films in segregated, early 20th century America. Through a compelling mixture of historical film clips, imagined scenes, and recreated moments, By Oscar Micheaux tells the story of a man whose legacy has been all but lost to the forces of history.
By Oscar Micheaux is directed by Milk Can Artistic Director Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, with original music by Elise Morris, video recording and design by Rene Migliaccio, set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, and features performances by Garrett Hendricks, Becky Lake, April McCants, Harold Suratt, Vladimi Versailles, Amelia Workman, and Justin Zimmerman.
| Open: 12/18/07 Close: 12/18/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company is proud to presents a staged reading of Hefetz by the prominent and prolific Israeli dramatist, Hanoch Levin. Levin, a son of Holocaust survivors from Poland, erupted into the consciousness of Israeli theatre at the end of the 1960s. He achieved his first great public success with his comedy, Hefetz in 1972. The play is a biting social commentary, which looks at the human condition through the conflict between people who are in a constant state of war. Directed by Riv Massey, Dramaturg Bethany Larsen, with performances by Satomi Blair, Maria Teresa Creasey, Chris Kloko, Adam Law, Amir Levi, Cynthia Rice, and Jonathan Zipper.
Hefetz will be performed as part of The Milk Can Theatre Company's monthly reading series Scene Herd Uddered. To call it a reading series is a misnomer. Scene Herd Uddered isn't actors sitting in chairs simply reading a script. Instead, each presentation is the culmination of seven weeks of intense developmental work. We give a team — usually composed of a playwright, a director and a group of actors — a budget, rented space in which to show their work, a stage manager, publicity, and a support staff of dramaturgs. This is a rare opportunity for emerging artists to spend seven weeks developing a project together, without the intense pressures and constraints usually associated with the production of a new play. We gladly push teams to take huge creative risks and stretch the boundaries, rather than driving towards a neat, traditional end product. Each month we invite the public to view these projects-in-progress and share their views on them. We hope you will join us on Tuesday, December 18th at 7 pm at The Director's Company, 311 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor. Tickets are $10. There will be a discussion with the director, and cast after the performance
| Open: 10/20/08 Close: 10/20/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company is proud to presents a staged reading of Heffetz, a biting black comedy by the prominent and prolific Israeli dramatist and director, Hanoch Levin. A seemingly straight forward domestic drama, the play revolves around themes of power and humiliation, marriage and suicide, politics, statehood, and the utter beauty and ultimate futility of life in a complicated world. The indomitable Tayglach and Clemensaya, along with their incredibly perfect daughter Phogra, taunt and torture their distant relative Heffetz until he reaches his breaking point. A tired waitress, a hypochondriac best friend and a mysterious sooth-sayer each serve in their own way to push Heffetz toward his inevitable end in this new adaptation of Levin's 1972 work. Directed by Riv Massey, dramaturg Bethany Larsen, with performances by Ellen Hada, Amanda Hopper, Adam Hyland, Chris Kloko, Lesley Miller, Collin Smith, Leal Vona, and Amy Windle.
|The Snap Shot Plays
| Open: 05/08/12 Close: 05/13/12
The Snap Shot Plays is a collection of seven ten-minute original plays all inspired from a photograph.
An exciting evening of theatre which delves into voodoo, run away birds, and what God looks like. The Snap Shot Plays are comprised of Field Trip by Cheryl L. Davis, directed by Gwynn MacDonald; Missing Pieces by Megan McDavid, directed by Seth M. Gamble; Heaven Swing by ML Kinney, directed by Seth M. Gamble,: Up the Creek Without A Paddle by Riv Massey, directed by Tom Nondorf,: Jane and Bernie, Rochester by Lorraine Cink, directed by Dev Bondarin,;The Green by Jenny Bennett, directed by Dev Bondarin; and The Spirit of New Orleans by Bethany Larsen, directed by Tom Nondorf.
Each play was inspired by a photograph from seven photographers: Sarah Kalemkerian, Raymond Adams, Izik Mishan, PM Kinney, Sharon Light, Amanda Schultz and Phillip Nondorf.
About the Company: The Milk Can Theatre Company
Founded in the summer of 2003, The Milk Can Theatre Company is a collective of playwrights and directors who develop and produce new plays through readings, workshops, full productions and ten-minute play festivals.
Our structured development process results in work that finds humor in the unexpected, excites the audience's imagination and explores the complexity of the human experience.