|The Learned Ladies
| Open: 10/04/13 Close: 10/19/13
Cake Productions and The New Ateh Theater Group present Molière's The Learned Ladies, translated and adapted by Freyda Thomas. Paul Urcioli directs an all-female cast of eleven, including Kathryn Alexander, Sarah Brill, Francesca Day, Janna Emig, Susan Finch*, Katie Honaker*, Marta Kuersten, Madeleine Maby*, Sara Montgomery, Elizabeth Neptune, and Elena Sanz. Performances will be staged October 4-19, 2013 at The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, June Havoc Theatre, 312 West 36th Street, New York, NY 10018. *Member, Actors’ Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.
Henriette is in love and wants to marry the handsome Clitandre. But in her overzealous passion for the new intellectual movement, Henriette’s mother, Philamente, wants to pair her off with Trissotin, a conniving “scholar” and mediocre poet. Henriette’s sister, Armande, is also striving to stop the union, having loved Clitandre herself until she spurned him for intellectual pursuits. Mix in a loony but lovable sister, an exasperated brother-in-law, a couple of mouthy servants, and a father who just wants his tea served in peace and quiet, and voila! The pretensions and excesses of the upper classes are highlighted by Molière’s classic wit and wisdom in this rambunctious comedy.
About the Company: Cake Productions & The New Ateh Theater Group
Cake Productions is a female-founded theatre company producing Off-Off Broadway pieces that are culturally significant to modern, urban audiences. Winner of the 2010 NY Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Featured Actor (Amir Darvish) and nominated for Outstanding Costume Design (Brooke Berry and Mark Mears), Cake Productions is geared toward commercially appealing, thought-provoking , edgy plays. In addition to creating opportunities for women as performers, administrators and designers, Cake focuses heavily on production values and presents their work in welcoming, accessible venues. The company also produces readings of new or adapted material for future mainstage productions and offers practical educational workshops for theater students and professionals.
The New Ateh Theater Group endeavors to produce theater that is fun for audience and actor alike. Formed in 2005, we produced several original works in our first two years, focusing primarily on literary adaptations. In the Fall of 2007, Ateh and three sister companies were awarded a six month residency at chashama 217. There Ateh produced the late-night choose-your-own-adventure Mr. A’s Amazing Maze Plays, which played to sold out crowds for months. In the fall of 2010, we produced company member Sara Montgomery's hilarious PG Wodehouse inspired Weekend at an English Country Estate and were rewarded with two IT Award nominations for outstanding original full length script and best featured actress. We are very excited to be bringing our own interpretation and enthusiasm to this classic play, and it's made even more exciting by our new collaborators, Cake Productions.