UP Theater Company

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UP Theater Company (James Bosley, Artistic Director) was founded in 2010 by Inwood theater artists who endeavored to bring professional productions to their neighborhood of Northern Manhattan. Eschewing crowd-pleasing chestnuts, UP produces provocative new work by contemporary playwrights. After six years and eight full productions, including Ashé, Broad Channel, Epic Poetry, and last year’s critically acclaimed production of An American Drum Circle; UP has established a reputation for being gritty, rambunctious, and irreverent.

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Production History

AN AMERICAN DRUM CIRCLE  | Open: 05/05/16 Close: 05/22/16
An American Drum Circle is a turn-of-the-millennium comic-drama in which an innocent American girl hopes to escape the failures of her pious father by taking refuge in an intense relationship with a young Nigerian émigré. But he has family skeletons of his own. Together, their family roots entangle them in a web of fraud and falsehood.

The cast features Kathleen Grace Fiori, Dennis Fox, Nneoma Nkuku, Serge Thony, and Rick Younger

UP Theater Company (James Bosley, Artistic Director) was founded in 2010 by Inwood theater artists who endeavored to bring professional productions to their neighborhood of Northern Manhattan. Eschewing crowd-pleasing chestnuts, UP produces provocative new work by contemporary playwrights. After six years and seven full productions, including Ashé, Broad Channel, and last year’s smash Epic Poetry, UP has established a reputation for being gritty, rambunctious, and irreverent. www.uptheater.org

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LOST/NOT FOUND  | Open: 05/03/17 Close: 05/19/17
UP Theater Company presents 'LOST/NOT FOUND', May 3-19 at 8pm, The Garret Theater at Fort Washington Collegiate Church, 729 W. 181st Street, A train to 181st. Tix $18, $12 students/seniors. Three twenty-somethings from Washington Heights "rescue" a missing girl and detain her, while the growing reward for her return offers visions of riches. What they learn about themselves may prove to be a more valuable bounty. Featuring Devin E. Haqq, Max Lebow, Andrew Manning, Jamie Saunders, Mariette Strauss. website: uptheater.org


About the Company: UP Theater Company

UP Theater Company (James Bosley, Artistic Director) was founded in 2010 by Inwood theater artists who endeavored to bring professional productions to their neighborhood of Northern Manhattan. Eschewing crowd-pleasing chestnuts, UP produces provocative new work by contemporary playwrights. After six years and eight full productions, including Ashé, Broad Channel, Epic Poetry, and last year’s critically acclaimed production of An American Drum Circle; UP has established a reputation for being gritty, rambunctious, and irreverent.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UPTheaterCompany

Twitter: @UptheaterCo

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MERCIFUL FATHER  | Open: 11/01/16 Close: 11/12/16
Atar Hadari’s penetrating new play, Merciful Father will open UP Theater’s seventh season. The World Premiere of Merciful Father will run November 1st through November 12th in Northern Manhattan. Merciful Father is a provocative new take on Sholem Asch’s scandalous Yiddish play God of Vengeance:

A brothel owner commissions the creation of a Torah scroll to win a respectable husband for his daughter. His daughter instead chooses ill repute. 

God of Vengeance opened on Broadway at the Apollo Theatre in 1923 and featured Broadway’s first lesbian kiss, after which the actors and producers were arrested for immorality. That production is the inspiration for Paula Vogel’s new play, Indecent which premiered last year at the Vineyard Theatre. 

Merciful Father is directed by UP’s Artistic Director, James Bosley who has premiered three of his plays with UP, including the critically acclaimed productions of Broad Channel, and Epic Poetry.

In addition to the play, each evening will feature a rotating line-up of opening acts, a diverse mix of vaudeville-esque performances that may include music, poetry, stand-up, clowns, jugglers, and puppeteers, etc., many of whom will be recognizable as regulars of UP’s Showing UP Artist’s Salon.

The cast of Merciful Father features Mary Albert (AMDA), Matt Antar (Juliana/The Duplex), Elizabeth A. Bell (R & J & Z/New Ohio Theatre), Lauren Capkanis (Harper Reagan/T. Schreiber Theatre), Bill Christ (The Miracle Worker/Broadway), Jonathan Ellers (Pyramus & Thisbe Puppet Cabaret/The Metropolitan Room), Richard Grunn (Project Cliff/Independent Film), Sarah Kiefer (Epic Poetry/UP Theater), Heather Michelle (Play or Be Played/Graforsha Productions), and Nikole Williams (A Raisin in the Sun/Compass Rose Theater).

The creative team includes set design by Samuel Vawter, costume design by Brenna McShane, lighting design by Duane Pagano, sound design by David Margolin Lawson, graphic design by Dean Heagle, and stage management by Elizabeth Ramsay. The production team includes Executive Director Lonnie EJ Cooper, Managing Director Laura F. Bosley, and Producing Director Rik Walter.


About the Company: UP Theater Company

UP Theater Company (James Bosley, Artistic Director) was founded in 2010 by Inwood theater artists who endeavored to bring professional productions to their neighborhood of Northern Manhattan. Eschewing crowd-pleasing chestnuts, UP produces provocative new work by contemporary playwrights. After six years and eight full productions, including Ashé, Broad Channel, Epic Poetry, and last year’s critically acclaimed production of An American Drum Circle; UP has established a reputation for being gritty, rambunctious, and irreverent.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/UPTheaterCompany

Twitter: @UptheaterCo

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