Lesser America

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LESSER AMERICA is an ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century.

Founded in 2010 Lesser America is best known for presenting the World Premiere productions of Lucas Kavner’s Carnivals Kids (NY Times Critics’ Pick), and Nick Jones’ Trevor (NY Times and Time Out NY Critic’s Picks). In 2011 the company founders were named NY Theatre’s People of the Year. Productions also include Just Right Just Now, American River, Too Much Too Soon, Squealer, and Keep Your Baggage with You (2011 NY Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Full Length Script). Lesser America consists of founding members Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller and Laura Ramadei, and Ensemble Members Stephen Brackett (Carnival Kids, Buyer and Cellar), Portia Krieger (Eager to Lose, Baby Screams Miracle), Daniel Talbott (Scarcity), Anna O’Donoghue, Claire Siebers, Brendan Spieth, and Craig Jorczak. 


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

Carnival Kids  | Open: 06/05/14 Close: 06/28/14
When an aimless former rock star loses his job and finds himself broke with nowhere to go, he's forced to move in with his adopted son and roommate in their cramped New York City apartment. As the two of them try to forge new lives together, a get-rich-quick scheme further complicates their lives and loves. 

Lesser America will present the World Premiere of Lucas Kavner’s (Fish Eye with Colt Coeur/HERE Arts Center; Love Money at Ars Nova) Carnival Kids, June 5-28 at TBG Theatre (312 West 36th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue). The production will be directed by Stephen Brackett (Buyer and Cellar at Barrow Street) with Assistant Director Drew Foster. The cast will feature Jake Choi (Unforgettable), Danelle Eliav (Emoticon ;), When in Disgrace at St. Clements), Max Jenkins* (Unnatural Acts at CSC; High Maintenance), Randall Newsome* (A Touch of the Poet with Roundabout; The Heart is a Lonely Hunter at New York Theatre Workshop) and Laura Ramadei (American River with Lesser America; Year of the Rooser with EST/Youngblood). The creative team will include Sound Design by Janie Bullard (Scarcity at Rattlestick), Lighting Design by Amith Chandrashaker (Associate on Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812), Costume Design by Tristan Raines (The Management’s House of Von Macrame), and Set Design by Meredith Ries (The Wong Kids In The Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! with Ma-Yi). The production will be Stage Managed by Kevin Clutz.*Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.  


About the Company: Lesser America

LESSER AMERICA is a pop theater ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century. The company’s past productions include Squealer by Jonathan Blitstein, directed by Daniel Talbott,Too Much Too Soon, a series of six short plays, featuring writing by Nikole Beckwith, Dean Imperial, Nick Jones, Melissa Ross, Emily Schwend, and Ken Urban. The series was directed by Portia Krieger alongside Stephen Brackett. In the summer of 2012, Lesser America also presented American River, a world premiere by Micheline Auger, directed by Stephen Brackett. The company is currently in residence at Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director. The Lesser Americans were also named nytheatre.com’s 2011 People of the Year. 

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Trevor  | Open: 02/28/13 Close: 03/17/13
Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Lesser America’s World Premiere of Nick Jones’ (Jollyship the Whiz-bang with Ars Nova/The Public;The Coward with Lincoln Center) TrevorFebruary 28-March 17 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street). The production will be directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God with EST; My Base and Scurvy Heart with Studio 42) and will feature Steven Boyer* (Hand to God; Jollyship the Whiz-Bang), Geneva Carr* (Hand to God; Boise), Nathaniel Kent (The Three Seagulls at HERE; Doctor Faustus at The Brick), Andy Nogasky*, Shawn Randall* (Big Tex at EST; Blue Man Group), Amy Staats* (One Thing I Like To Say Is with Clubbed Thumb) and Colleen Werthmann* (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; The Mistakes Madeline Made). The creative team will include Set Design by Andrew Boyce, Props Design by Sarah Dowling, Costume Design by Elizabeth Groth, Lighting Design by Mike Inwood, and Fight Direction by Robert Westley. *Actor appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association.

Trevor is a chimpanzee who once performed with the likes of Morgan Fairchild. Now, he's approaching puberty and can't even get a callback. Is it because he's big and strong and potentially dangerous? Or does he just need better costumes? Trevor lives alone with Sandra, a middle aged widow. Sandra knows Trevor would never hurt anyone, at least not on purpose. And just because he's not "cute" like he used to be, she won't send him to some dirty sanctuary, at least not to appease her paranoid neighbor Ashley and her precious newborn baby. 

About the Company: Lesser America

LESSER AMERICA is a pop theater ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century. The company’s past productions include Squealer by Jonathan Blitstein, directed by Daniel Talbott,Too Much Too Soon, a series of six short plays, featuring writing by Nikole Beckwith, Dean Imperial, Nick Jones, Melissa Ross, Emily Schwend, and Ken Urban. The series was directed by Portia Krieger alongside Stephen Brackett. In the summer of 2012, Lesser America also presented American River, a world premiere by Micheline Auger, directed by Stephen Brackett. The company is currently in residence at Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Director. The Lesser Americans were also named nytheatre.com’s 2011 People of the Year. 

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WYOMING  | Open: 01/15/15 Close: 01/31/15
The Tuttle family’s past is not to be discussed. But when their estranged and silent brother is spotted at a hometown diner twenty years after a confounding childhood crime, buried memories and unspoken bounties hatch one boozy, plotting Thanksgiving. At the edge of Wyoming’s wilderness, the family herd must stick together or teeter towards the way of the buffalo. 

Theater for the New City (Crystal Field, Executive Director) will present Lesser America’s World Premiere of Brian Watkins’ (My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer with The Flea) family drama Wyoming, January 15-31 at Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue between 9th and 10th Street). The production will be directed by Danya Taymor (I Hate Fucking Mexicans at The Flea). The cast will include Daniel Abeles* (Where We’re Born at Rattlestick), Carter Hudson* (Substance of Fire at Second Stage), Layla Khoshnoudi (My Daughter Keeps Our Hammer at The Flea), Roger Lirtsman* (The Tenant with Woodshed Collective), Nate Miller* (Love and Information at New York Theatre Workshop), Laura Ramadei (Carnival Kids with Lesser America), and Sarah Sokolovic* (Detroit with Playwrights Horizons). The creative team will include Costume Design by Beth Goldenberg, Props Design by Jessica Jalal, Set Design by Edward T. Morris, Original Music by Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Lighting Design by Masha Tsimring, and Sound Design by Asa Wember (brownsville song (b-side for tray) at Lincoln Center). *Appearing courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association  


About the Company: Lesser America

LESSER AMERICA is an ensemble of renegade artists dedicated to smart, quality entertainment that puts the audience first, fulfilling the promise of affordable, accessible theater for the 21st century.

Founded in 2010 Lesser America is best known for presenting the World Premiere productions of Lucas Kavner’s Carnivals Kids (NY Times Critics’ Pick), and Nick Jones’ Trevor (NY Times and Time Out NY Critic’s Picks). In 2011 the company founders were named NY Theatre’s People of the Year. Productions also include Just Right Just Now, American River, Too Much Too Soon, Squealer, and Keep Your Baggage with You (2011 NY Innovative Theater Award for Best Original Full Length Script). Lesser America consists of founding members Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller and Laura Ramadei, and Ensemble Members Stephen Brackett (Carnival Kids, Buyer and Cellar), Portia Krieger (Eager to Lose, Baby Screams Miracle), Daniel Talbott (Scarcity), Anna O’Donoghue, Claire Siebers, Brendan Spieth, and Craig Jorczak. 

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