Milk Can Theatre Company

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Arms and the Man  | Open: 04/30/05 Close: 05/15/05
Comic drama about love and war established Shaw as one of the finest wits of his time. In this new production Bluntschli, a soldier who prefers a supply of chocolates to bullets, is played by a woman, giving new depth to Shaw's iconoclastic romantic play. Bluntschli surprises the young Raina by climbing through her bedroom window looking for shelter, starting a chain reaction of events that shatter Raina's idealistic notions of love and war.
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By Oscar Micheaux  | Open: 07/09/07 Close: 07/09/07
By Oscar Micheaux is a stirring new play by Cheryl L. Davis that tells the story of Oscar Micheaux, an African-American who recreated himself and the newborn American film industry in the name of "uplifting the Race." Against all odds, Micheaux became a successful playwright, novelist and director of over 40 films in segregated, early 20th century America. Directed by Catherine Miller Hardy, with performances by Michelle Brown, Garrett Hendricks, Sarena Kennedy, Vadim Newquist, and Kyle Younger. Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

By Oscar Micheaux 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.

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Consequences  | Open: 05/05/08 Close: 05/05/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company is proud to presents a staged reading of Consequences a new play by ML Kinney. As the hour of Wade's execution nears, his brother Denny waits at the prison with attorney Scott Reese. With the death penalty as a lens, Consequences examines the overlapping events of three men's lives and the consequences of their choices. Directed by Riv Massey, with performances by Zak Kostro, Daren Taylor, Jack Wallace and Justin Zimmerman. Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

Consequences 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 ateam 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.

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Galileo  | Open: 05/07/07 Close: 05/07/07
Director, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and cast members John D'Arcangelo, Ruth Darcy, Timothy Downey, Loren Dunn, Desiree Maumus, Geoffrey Parrish, Martin Soole, Maria Estine Taylor, and Cheri Wicks are exploring Bertolt Brecht's classic, Galileo, through Milk Can's Scene Herd Uddered (SHU) workshop process. Regarded as one of Brecht's masterpieces, Galileo is a fictionalized history of the scientist Galileo Galilei. The play's major themes are science versus religion, poor versus wealthy, knowledge versus ignorance, and the ethical responsibilities of the scientist.
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.
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Impossible Lorca: A Theatrical Hat-Trick  | Open: 03/06/06 Close: 03/06/06
A world premiere of Caridad Svich's translations of Federico Garcia Lorca's plays Buster Keaton Takes A Walk, and The Maiden, The Sailor and The Student. Impossible Lorca: A Theatrical Hat-Trick has been conceived and directed by Melissa Fendell and will include the two world premieres with Chimera as part of the Milk Can Theatre Company's monthly reading series Scene Herd Uddered. Impossible Lorca: A Theatrical Hat-Trick is three "miniatures" belonging to a collection of work which Lorca himself termed as "impossible theatre." A world where gravity is non-essential, stage directions seem unrealizable on the stage, where plot does not exist and raw, naked emotion is the only thing you can trust. Rooted in surrealism, these plays resist being straightforward, refuse to give any answers, but above all, leave themselves open to interpretation. In Buster Keaton Takes A Walk, we watch the famous silent film star negotiate a dangerous American landscape. Chimera exposes the painful goodbye between a man and his family. And finally, in The Maiden, The Sailor and The Student, a young woman prepares herself for marriage, struggling with the concepts of womanhood and doomed love. Directed by Melissa Fendell, with performances by Jeanne Harris, Sarah Lemp, Casey McClellan, Jennifer Perrotta, Larry Pontius, and Jordon Zolan. Sound design by Udi Pladott, costumes and set designs by Nadira Adams and movement by Aaron Cedolia.
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Life Among The Natives  | Open: 09/09/07 Close: 09/09/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company presents Scene Herd Uddered a monthly playreading series.
An uproarious new play by ML Kinney, Life Among The Natives is one-woman's journey out of the closet and into the jungle. Jewel Native, mild mannered accountant and lesbian, is not out to her family. Her girlfriend Amanda has talked her into having a family dinner so that Jewel can come out and announce their wedding plans. What follows is a farcical adventure through the life of the Natives. Directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, with performances by Maria Teresa Creasey, Adam Law, Amir Levi, Geoffrey Parrish, Kristen Rozanski, Miranda Shields, Adia Tucker, and Amy Windle. Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

Life Among The Natives 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 Sunday, September 9th at 7 pm at The Star Theatre, Times Square Arts Center, 300 West 43rd Street, 4th Floor. Tickets are $10. There will be a discussion with the writer, director, and cast after the performance.

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Mushroom in Her Hands  | Open: 04/29/05 Close: 05/15/05
Mushroom In Her Hands is "Alice in Wonderland" with all the sex and violence you always knew was just below the surface of the novel. Lewis Carroll was the pseudonym adopted by the Oxford don and Anglican deacon Charles Lutwidge Dodgson who once famously said, "I am fond of children (except boys)." In this new play, the playwright takes episodes from the novel, and reinvents them as speculation on what the relationship between Dodgson and the real Alice Liddell might have been.
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P.o.v.  | Open: 10/20/07 Close: 11/04/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company opens its fifth season with the world premier of P.O.V., a fascinating new play written by four playwrights (Sharon E. Cooper, Cheryl L. Davis, ML Kinney and Bethany Larsen.) Inspired by Kurosawa's 1950 movie, Rashomon, P.O.V. explores the murder of Desdemona in Shakespeare's Othello, from four different perspectives. Watch as Othello, Desdemona, Emilia, and Iago, each try to convince Shakespeare to see things their way.
P.O.V. is directed by Riv Massey, with original music by Elise Morris, set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Brittany Jones, and features performances by Maria Teresa Creasey, Kwaku Driskell, Jodi Epstein, Elliot Hill, and Michael Saenz.
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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead  | Open: 04/28/06 Close: 05/14/06
Tom Stoppard's funny, absurd, and tragic play which centers on Hamlet minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, in their misadventures and musings enroute to their inevitable end. Often compared to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead raises many questions about free will versus determinism and the search for value in life.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead will be running in rep with The Hamlet Plays a collection of six ten-minute plays written by Milk Can Theatre Company Artistic Associates. Each play is based on a different character from Shakespeare's Hamlet.

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Running  | Open: 05/02/08 Close: 05/17/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company is proud to present the world premier of Running, a new play by Sharon E. Cooper. Three gay men, a widow, and a funeral set the stage to answer the questions - can we escape our past? What happens when we have to confront the lies we tell ourselves? Running not only tackles the issue of coming out about ones sexuality, but also what everyone must face when confronting the truth about ourselves.
Running is directed by Pat Diamond, set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Deb O., Assistant Director/Stage Manager Seth Gamble. Production Assistant James Spry, with performances by Ryan Clardy, Katherine Alt Keener, Lance R. Marshall, and Willie Mullins.
The Milk Can Theatre Company is pleased to announce that we have teamed up with the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC), a not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS, for a special benefit performance of Running. Expanding The Milk Can Theatre Company's definition of community beyond Off-Off Broadway, on May 7th the Company will donate a percentage of ticket sales to GMHC.
Running will be performing in rep with The 5 Borough Plays, a marathon through the
five boroughs of New York City. Featuring five short plays all inspired by a New York
City borough.
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The 5 Borough Plays  | Open: 05/03/08 Close: 05/18/08
The Milk Can Theatre Company concludes its fifth season with The 5 Borough Plays, a showcase of five original short plays inspired by the five boroughs of New York City. Five playwrights randomly drew a borough from a hat: Brooklyn, the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan and Queens. The resulting work is The 5 Borough Plays, a marathon evening of theatre through the five boroughs of New York City.

Playwrights and work include: 1600 Feet, public fighting is a New York phenomenon and in this musical version, the fight stems from an inter-borough romance. Music, lyrics and direction by Colleen Darnall, book by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by Brooklyn); A Visit to the Bronx, where time collides in this family drama by Sharon E. Cooper, directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by the Bronx); Stan and Illy Await the Coming written and directed by ML Kinney. With a nod to Samuel Beckett, our sock puppet heroes wait for the Ferry (inspired by Staten Island); Peace Through Understanding where a trip to the 1964 World's Fair brings a couple's relationship into focus. Written by Cheryl L. Davis, and directed by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer (inspired by Queens); Hot Corn Girl Sings Her Song where an obscure bit of Manhattan history prompts a woman to examine her modern life, written and directed by Bethany Larsen (inspired by Manhattan). Further information is available to view at www.milkcantheatre.org.

Set design by Ann Bartek, lighting design by Christopher Edwards, costume design by Deb O., sound design by Scott O'Brien, with performances by Nnamudi Amobi, Sarah Brill, Ashley Griffin, Lian-Marie Holmes, Zak Kostro, Michael McGuirk, Brad Makarowski, Katie Northlich, Emma O'Donnell, Caley Rose, Mike Steinmetz, Natalie Weaver, Chris Yonan, and Jonathan Zipper.

Saturday evening May 10th will be a special benefit performance and party to celebrate The Milk Can Theatre Company's amazing 2007/2008 Season. The festivities will include dancing, drinking, food, a silent auction showcasing work from various area artists, and plenty of surprises., all at O'Lunney's Times Square Pub, 145 West 45th Street. Tickets to join the celebration are $45 per person, which includes The 5 Borough Plays theatre ticket, and pass to the Spring Fling Party at O'Lunney's. Theatre tickets can be used for any performance of The 5 Borough Plays. Please note that all tickets for the 7 pm performance May 10th will include a ticket to the Spring Fling and will be $45. Tickets to join the celebration only at O'Lunney's are $30.

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The Potluck Plays  | Open: 05/03/07 Close: 05/13/07
The Milk Can Theatre Company concludes its fourth season with The Potluck Plays, a premiere of seven original plays in ten-minute form. Each play is based on a recipe. Seven playwrights randomly drew a recipe from a hat, with each recipe representing a course for a potluck dinner: appetizer, salad, main course, vegetables, dessert, and drink. The result is a seven course theatrical feast. Playwrights and work include: Answering written and directed by Tom Nondorf (inspired by a shitake-pumpkin ravioli recipe); Eggnogstic by Bethany Larsen, directed by Ryan Ratelle (inspired by an eggnog cheesecake recipe); PUNCH written and directed by ML Kinney (inspired by a rhubarb punch recipe); Swimming Uptown by Cheryl Davis, directed by Jill Landaker (inspired by a dishwasher salmon recipe); Salad Days by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, directed by Kimberly VerSteeg (inspired by a Jello salad recipe); The Potato Play: A Brief & Inaccurate History of the Potato written and directed by Melissa Fendell (inspired by a french fried potato recipe); The Cooking King by Sharon E. Cooper, directed by Riv Massey (inspired by an asparagus patina recipe). The Potluck Plays are a funny and fabulous evening of theatre.
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