|13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival
| Open: 06/03/10 Close: 06/27/10
The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival presents the world premieres of 19 plays in 4 boxes. The first box features the world-premiere of a full-length play to run throughout the festival, June 3-6, 12-13, and 19-20. Boxes 2 – 4 celebrate the short play with 19 premieres over 3 weekends: June 10 – 27:
Box 1: The world-premiere of a full-length play runs June 3 – 5 at 8 pm, June 6 at 3 pm, June 12 & 19 at 2 pm, June 13 & 20 at 7 pm:
CANDIDE by TJ Edwards, Directed by Neal J. Freeman
Voltaire’s masterpiece, adapted for the stage in rhymed couplets by playwright TJ Edwards (The Pearl Theatre Company), is an assault on society, religion, human nature, education, government and above all, optimism. Candide’s journey is here enacted by 11 actors playing over 75 roles in a madcap journey to discover just what it is that makes life worth living, led by Montgomery Sutton* (Edmund in King Lear, The Gallery Players) as Candide. Featuring: Judy Alvarez, Andrew Davies, Amanda McCallum*, Kyle Metzger*, Kyle Minshew*, Len Rella*, Emilie Soffe, Minna Taylor, Patrick Toon* and Alice Winslow *appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
Tickets to CANDIDE are $18 for adults, $14 for Seniors & Children 12 and under, and can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com.
Tickets to Boxes 2 – 4 of The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival are $15 for adults, $12 for Seniors & Children 12 and under. Festival passes are $30. Tickets can be purchased by calling TheaterMania at (212) 352-3101, or online at www.galleryplayers.com.
The 13th Annual Black Box New Play Festival continues with:
Box 2: A weekend of 7 new short plays, Thursday, June 10- Saturday, 12 at 8 pm, Sunday, June 13 at 3 pm:
WILL YOU SING ME A LULLABY by Michael Kevin Baldwin, Directed by Rachel C. Dart
A damaged brother and sister find common ground in singing each other a lullaby.
AL BASHIR by Erik Christian Hanson, Directed by Paul Brewster
An assassination is in the works for President al-Bashir of Sudan. Hank has wanted this for years but his team seems to have last-minute reservations.
UNDER THE RUG by Jamie Gerardi, Directed by Brian Maschka
An absurdist comedy of two well-regarded upper crust citizens of New Hope, Pennsylvania who have committed ghastly crimes.
A MEETING by Joseph Talarico, Directed by Barbara Danielle Harrison
A priest and a young man enter a cramped room. The priest wants company. The young man may want something more.
ADDICTION ANONYMOUS by David M. Korn, Directed by Allison Bressi
An amusing look at the nature of twelve-step programs and their cultural proliferation.
THE REMAKE by David L. Williams, Directed by Michael LaPolla
Martin has a screenplay he won’t show anyone. When his agent Leland finally sees it, he learns that Martin has written a remake of a movie that should never be remade. The one problem? It’s a great script.
I LOVE NEW YORK by Corey Pajka. Directed by Chad Yarborough
A working class stiff on the subway likes to think he’s an underground poet. Taking solace in his mp3 player, his imagination takes control. Can he resolve his fantasy with reality?
Box 3: A weekend of 8 new short plays runs Thursday, June 17 - Saturday, June 19 at 8 pm, Sunday, June 20 at 3 pm:
SEVEN MINUTES by Lindsay Joy Murphy, Directed by Angela Dirksen
Two high school kids stuck in a closet find common ground and a spark of something more.
WINTER FLOWERS by Lily Rusek, Directed by Heather Arnson
Two older sisters are facing a crisis and life and death decisions have to be made.
15 MILES TO THE HORIZON by Jeannine Jones, Directed by William Addiss
While waiting for her blind date, Suzanne strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger. Will she take the chance?
MEMENTO MIMI by Denis Meadows, Directed by Kristine Ayers
Memory and reality clash in a chance meeting between old flames on a ferry ride.
DIGNITY by Joe Lauinger, Directed by Barrie Gelles
John Garfield’s elderly uncle has committed a grave offense against the rules of his nursing home, and it’s up to John to agree to the therapy insisted upon.
KARP’S LAST TEXT by Corey Pajka, Directed by Ari Rosenbaum
Can two people truly communicate through a wall of technology?
LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR by Camilla Maxwell, Directed by Mike Hayhurst
A couple in suburban London prepare for a lovely Sunday afternoon barbecue with friends. When the husband secretly invites the neighbors to join the party, they realize you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your neighbours.
ME by Maia Akiva, Directed by Sarah Bennett
Suppose you were to come face to face with your destiny, but it won’t give you any information. Is destiny right? Is it a bad thing to know, or will it make your life easier?
Box 4: A weekend of 3 new short plays runs Thursday, June 24th -
Saturday, June 26th at 8pm,
Sunday, June 27th at 3pm:
PIECE OF CAKE by Nora Vetter, Directed by Brian Michael Flanagan
A young woman gains clarity when she stops in at a bakery to order a birthday cake for her new boyfriend.
HOT FUDGE SUNDAE by Corey Pajka, Directed by Tim O’Donnell
A young man finds himself in an otherworldly ice cream parlor with his favorite dessert and a strange little girl he’s oddly familiar with. Only as the play progresses, and the girl’s life along with it, does he deduce their true link, but their time together is melting away as quickly as the sundae.
THIS ISN’T WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE by Philip Gerson, Directed by Kelly Johnston
Why would a softhearted liberal repeatedly stab a sexy right-wing pundit-therapist with a carving knife? To answer this, we’re taken on a wild ride through today’s nightmarish universe of hate politics, big media consolidation and isolating technology.
|A Tuna Christmas
| Open: 12/06/08 Close: 12/21/08
TAKE THE WHOLE FAMILY TO THE HOLIDAY COMEDY, A TUNA CHRISTMAS!
In this hilarious sequel to Greater Tuna, it's Christmas in the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including hot competition in the annual lawn display contest. In other news, the voracious Joe Bob Lipsey's production of A Christmas Carol is jeopardized by unpaid electric bills. Many colorful Tuna denizens, some you will recognize from Greater Tuna join in the holiday fun. Audiences who have and who have not seen Greater Tuna will enjoy this laugh filled evening. A Tuna Christmas has been called, "A hoot!" by The New York Times, and the NY Post exclaimed, "So funny it could make a raccoon laugh affectionately at Davy Crockett.... It's far too good for just Christmas."
|City Of Angels
| Open: 05/01/10 Close: 05/23/10
City of Angels is two shows in one. It is the interweaving of two plots, one dealing with the writing of a screenplay in the legendary Hollywood of the '40's; the other, the enactment of that screenplay. The movie scenes appear in shades of black and white, and the real life scenes are in Technicolor. The show boasts two musical scores. One provides the cast with numbers to help reveal certain emotions or to celebrate particular moments in the way that only music can. The "other" score was written to emulate pure movie soundtrack music, 1940's vintage. It is entirely appropriate, then that the final curtain comes down on two happy endings. City of Angels’ Jazz score is by Cy Coleman with Lyrics by David Zippel, Book by Larry Gelbart. City of Angels’ originally ran on Broadway for 878 performances, and is the winner of 6 1989 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
| Open: 07/22/10 Close: 08/01/10
Continuing a Summer Shakespeare series that began with last season's production of King Lear, called "insanely good" by The Brooklyn Paper, The Gallery Players proudly announces casting and creative team for Shakespeare’s seminal work, Hamlet. Directed by Taibi Magar and starring Broadway’s Jeremy Bobb (Is He Dead?; Translations) as Hamlet, The Gallery Players’ production of Hamlet gets a limited, twelve performance engagement Thursday, July 22 - Sunday, August 1, 2010.
A ghost story; a tale of fratricide; a saga of moral, political and sexual corruption. Hamlet is an epic tale about a man catapulted into revenging his father’s murder. But Hamlet’s journey is complicated by his doubts concerning the afterlife; “the undiscovered country.” An eternity is at stake!
The cast of Hamlet is led by Jeremy Bobb in the title role (Broadway: Is He Dead?; Translations) and Brendan Averett as Claudius (Sarah Ruhl’s The Passion Play, Yale Rep and Brooklyn's Irondale Center). The cast is rounded out by a cast of veteran classical actors: Oliver Conant* (Off-Broadway: Elizabeth Rex, Nicu's Spoon; Queens Shakespeare Co.), Tim Eliot (Hudson Shakespeare), Sidney Fortner*, Nedra Gallegos*, Justin Gillman (Twelfth Night, Classic Stage Company), Andy Hassell, Vin Kridakorn (Taming of the Shrew, Queen's Players), E.C. Kelly* (As You Like It, The Gallery Players), Aryeh Lappin (Charles Mee's Coney Island Avenue), Dan Lawrence and Stephen Pilkington* (Pinter's Mirror, Shakespeare & Company).
*Courtesy of Actor's Equity Association.
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| Open: 07/23/09 Close: 08/02/09
King Lear is believed by many to be Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Written as a political and social commentary on post-Elizabethan England, King Lear demonstrates what results when individuals let vanity and greed lead them to trespass the bounds of order and proportion, ignoring their natural responsibility to family, community and country. The chaotic consequences: leaders renounce duty; fathers disown children; children displace fathers; war, homicide, fratricide, suicide, and madness. We join Lear and his counterpart, Gloucester, as they are stripped of position, power, family, and sanity – and in the process, through the unwavering devotion of Kent and the Fool, the filial loves of Edgar and Cordelia – discovering their humanity and what it means to forgive and be forgiven. Lear becomes the antithesis of his former arrogant self; he achieves a life without “lendings” – the accumulated material possessions we cling to for meaning – or the need of them.
With an eye toward telling this poignant tale simply and keeping all “lendings” to a minimum, Producing Directors Sidney Fortner and Dominic Cuskern will direct a cast of 17, including: Kevin Blackwelder, John Blaylock*, Jonah Ramu Cohen, Andrew Danish, Adam Ewer, Andrew Firda*, Suzy Kimball, Mark A. Kinch, Brandon Mears, Elliott Mayer*, Peter Oliver, Ross Pivel, Molly Pope, Jerrod Kazumi Popham, Jessica Rothenberg, and Montgomery Sutton*.
Set and Costume Designer: Sidney Fortner; Fight Choreographer: Robert Najarian; Stage Manager: Kristine Ayers.
| Open: 03/20/10 Close: 04/04/10
Arthur Miller’s The Crucible has been called, "A powerful drama," By NY Times, "Strongly written," by NY Daily News, and comes to The Gallery Players’ stage for the first time in its 43-year history March 20-April 4th 2010. This exciting drama is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable. Based on historical people and real events, Miller's classic play about the witch-hunts and trials in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, is a searing portrait of a community engulfed by hysteria.
The story focuses on John Proctor, a farmer, and Abigail Williams, the young servant-girl who maliciously accuses Proctor's wife Elizabeth of witchcraft. Proctor brings Abigail to court to admit the lie—and it is here that a monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted. Proctor, instead of saving his wife, finds himself also accused of witchcraft and ultimately condemned with a host of others. Written in 1953, The Crucible is a mirror that Miller uses to reflect the anti-Communist hysteria inspired by Senator Joseph McCarthy's "witch-hunts" in the United States.
The cast of The Crucible at The Gallery Players features John Blaylock* (Bus Stop, The Gallery Players), Gil Brady*, Daniel Damiano (As You Like It, The Gallery Players), Lisa Darden*, Genevieve Gearhart, Emily Hagburg (Measure for Measure, Shakespeare & Company), Justin Herfel* (The Underpants, The Gallery Players), Frederic Heringes*(The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway, National Tour), John Isgro*, Tom Lawson, Jr.*, Lindsay Mack, Russell Mahrt, Rhyn McLemore*(Violet, The Gallery Players), Sofia Munn, Alison Ostergaard (Women Beware Women, Red Bull Theatre; Pride & Prejudice, The Shakespeare Theater of New Jersey), Bob Pritchard, Elisa Pupko (The Children's Hour, Astoria Performing Arts Center), Joe Regan and Gina Stahlnecker*
| Open: 04/28/12 Close: 05/20/12
This delightful staple of the musical theatre canon is about the adventures and misadventures of two sisters who move from small-town Ohio to the bohemia of 1935 Greenwich Village. Eileen is gorgeous, sweet and an aspiring actress with men falling at her feet. Ruth, while a gifted writer, is average, brazen and has a talent for repelling gentlemen callers. With a glorious score of swinging tunes by Leonard Bernstein, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Wonderful Town is the quintessential New York musical comedy about tackling your dreams and finding love in the most unexpected places. Winner of five Tony Awards in 1953 including Best Musical.
About the Company: The Gallery Players
A New York institution since 1967, The Gallery Players has served actors and audiences alike for more than 4 decades by showcasing burgeoning new talent and offering a home base for theater professionals. Its eclectic programming of intimate revivals and ambitious new work in inventive productions has earned it the reputation of "New York's Best Kept Secret." The Gallery Players is the recipient of the Off-Off Broadway Review's 2000 Award for Lifetime Achievement and was the recipient of New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical in both 2007 & 2008 for their productions of Urinetown! The musical and Yank! A New Musical (now slated for a Broadway run) and Like You Like It. Among its famous alumni are founding member Harvey Fierstein; Broadway regulars Nancy Anderson, Jeffry Denman and Diedre Goodwin; New York theater personality Seth Rudetsky and many others.