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'tis Pity She's A Whore  | Open: 02/03/10 Close: 02/07/10
One of the last great revenge tragedies of the Jacobean era, ‘Tis Pity is one of the most provocative dramas of its kind: think of it as Scarface in blank verse. In the city of Padua, a brother and sister surrender to their lust for one another; their hot-blooded act of incest sweeps them, and everyone around them, away in a torrent of bloodshed, damnation, and despair.

Presented by NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Design for Stage and Film. A 3rd Year Production.

Scenic Designer - Pilyoung Oh
Costume Designer - Carolyn Hoffmann
Lighting Designer - Amanda Clegg Lyon
Sound Designer - Zack Brown
Stage Manager - Robert Signom III

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A Midsummer Night's Dream  | Open: 04/16/09 Close: 04/25/09
A Midsummer Night’s Dream is presented by New York University, Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Design for Stage and Film. Atlas Theatre, 111 2nd Ave., 3rd Floor. Performs April 16th – 25th at 8:00pm nightly, with a 2:00pm matinee on Sunday, April 19th and Saturday, April 25th.

The greatest romantic fantasy ever written—a world in which the eternal psychic split between men and women is made manifest by warfare in the temporal world of Ancient Greece and the fairy kingdom of Shakespeare’s imagination. Into the woods, indeed...

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Acquainted With The Night  | Open: 12/01/10 Close: 12/05/10
When the sun sets on the city that never sleeps, a new world emerges in the shadows.  When an entire community of nocturnal denizens get transported to the South Pole, where the sun doesn't rise for months on end, an even newer world of intrigue, frustration, discovery, and despair emerges.  An edgy, idiosyncratic thriller.

Presented by the Graduate Acting Program in association with the Department of Design for Stage & Film.  A 3rd Year Production.

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Boom  | Open: 09/29/10 Close: 10/05/10
As an apocalyptic explosion looms, only one person – an introverted ichthyologist named Jules – seems to have any sense of what  the cataclysm may mean to the future of humanity; if, indeed, the future of humanity is of any particular importance. A whimsical, thoughtful, deranged, and surprising contemporary comedy.

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Canticle  | Open: 02/06/08 Close: 02/16/08
An exploration of love, darkness and faith, Canticle follows a devout believer as she confronts life as it has been, as it should be and as it never will be. The piece explores notions of will, choice and divine fate. Inspired by the writings of Sor Juana Inés de La Cruz, Mother Theresa of Calcutta and the stories of various saints, the piece incorporates pre-Gregorian chant forms, Balinese mask work and elements of Japanese Butoh.
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Freeplay Festival 2009  | Open: 03/03/09 Close: 03/08/09
The Tisch Graduate Acting Program is presenting the 22nd annual Freeplay Festival from March 3rd – 8th 2009. Freeplay Festival 2009 comprises 12 original theatre projects created in the classroom by 17 actors and staged in collaboration with lighting, set and costume designers from the Tisch Department of Design for Stage and Film.

The NYU Tisch Freeplay Festival is an annual event that is produced, directed, and performed by the third year graduate acting students. Since its inception in 1987, Freeplay has given students the opportunity to evolve beyond the prepared curriculum, develop new work and collaborate with our peers in the Graduate Design Department.

The Festival is produced by Kimberly Gray and Katie Meister. All performances are at the Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 5th floor, in either the Walker Theatre or Shubert Theatre. (Nearest subway: 8th Street - R, W trains; or Astor Place - 6 train.) The Festival runs each day throughout the week, from 12:30 to 9 p.m, with projects presented in a daily rotation.

Freeplay Festival 2009 is free and open to the public. Reservations can be made by through SmartTix by calling 212-868-4444 or going to www.smarttix.com starting Friday, February 20th. Additional information can be found at http://www.gradacting.tisch.nyu.edu/page/home

The 2009 projects are: Back with Matt Harrington, Lee Dolson, Cary Donaldson, David Kenner and Jeff Wise; Charity with Julie Sharbutt and Nina Arianda; Chekprov with Juile Sharbutt and Zhubin Parang; EARTHA with Francesca Choy-Kee; Kicking Up Dust with Jason Dechert, Chris Bolan and David Kenner; My Woman a film by Nina Arianda; The Late Night Hustle with the Amish with David Kenner; Ndebele Funeral with Zoey Martinson, Clifton Duncan and Jonathan David Martin; Point of Departure with Jonathan David Martin, MacKenzie Meehan and Zoey Martinson; Red with Lauren English and Kimberly Gray; The UniVERSE Project with Clifton Duncan; What We Came For with Lauren English, Chris Bolan and Jeff Wise.

Freeplay Festival 2009 is funded by the Graduate Student Organization.
 

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Hobson's Choice  | Open: 04/23/08 Close: 05/03/08
One of the most popular comedies in English stage history, this is a late Victorian gloss on King Lear, as Hobson, an imperious and uncharitable businessman, learns to let his daughters express and find their own freedoms, as he himself must accept the changing wheel of fate and time.
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Mud, River, Stone  | Open: 10/01/09 Close: 10/06/09
The road to Hell is paved with good intentions; in this political thriller, an African-American couple from New York lose their way while on vacation in Africa, and stumble into a hostage crisis in a desolate hotel, while the rain relentlessly shuts them—and their fellow hostages—off from the dubious salvation of civilization. This is the third play we’ve done by Lynn Nottage, who just won the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined.

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Orpheus Descending  | Open: 02/03/11 Close: 02/07/11
In a small Southern town in the 1950s, a misunderstood Italian woman named Lady Torrance seeks refuge in the innocuous confectionery store of her dying husband, hoping to live quietly and put her explosive past behind her. A young drifter named Val intrudes into her town, her store, and her life – igniting Lady’s world into a conflagration of impossible desire.

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Our Lady of 121st Street  | Open: 01/30/08 Close: 02/03/08
A contemporary look at a dozen urban souls seeking for spiritual absolution admidst the debris of the racial, economic, and sexual bonds that hold them back. Gritty, intense, hilarious, and almost unbearably human, Guirgis' work (our first production of his plays) reaches audiences like a modern Gorky, plumbing the lower depths of our uptown underclass.
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Rabbit Hole  | Open: 01/29/08 Close: 02/03/08
The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for drama, Rabbit Hole is a poignant and probing look at loss and recovery. A middle-class suburban couple must wrestle with their young son's sudden and accidental death, and how his absence needs to be filled with a renewed presence of affection and understanding in their own lives.
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Rift  | Open: 12/02/09 Close: 12/06/09
RIFT is an epic story about lives torn by war and its aftermath, by abuse and damage, profit and trade, and the intimate search for beauty and grace. Gender, border, and culturally crossed, RIFT explores the fate of the human animal in a dislocated world and asks the question: how can a body that is torn find a way to heal itself and transform, and thus resist the tyranny of power? A violent, dream-like erotic fable by award-winning US Latina playwright Caridad Svich. [Original NYU Graduate Acting commission]

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Safeword  | Open: 12/02/10 Close: 12/06/10
This premiere play is about the nature of deception and trust--but would you really believe it if I told you?  Would you believe anything you were told in today's media-saturated, spun, reality-programmed world? / Should/ you believe in anything in this world?  What kind of world do we live in, anyway?  What is reality, for that matter? The answers to these questions--and the questions to these answers--are to be found in this new play.  Or are they?

 

Presented by the Graduate Acting Program in association with the Department of Design for Stage & Film. A 3rd Year Production.

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Shakespeare's R&J  | Open: 02/01/05 Close: 02/06/05
Not Romeo and Juliet, but a chamber piece that harnesses the forbidden passion of the tragedy in a new exciting way.
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Six Degrees Of Separation  | Open: 02/04/09 Close: 02/08/09
In one of the great modern comedies of manners, Guare masterfully dissects a society riven in two by its own liberal impulses and its inability to honor them. A young poised black man ingratiates himself into the Central Park West home of a High Society couple; what he wants from them—and what they need from him—sets off the sparks for a shocking, fast-paced, incisive portrait of America at the end of the 20th Century.

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Sueno  | Open: 02/02/11 Close: 02/07/11
Based on one of the greatest dramas of the Spanish Golden Age, Suenois a contemporary take on a psychological fable, in which the heir to a powerful throne is kept captive in isolation from birth; one day, he is given free reign to inhabit the world and his destiny – will he become beast or an angel? A despot or divine? Or will his life simply be the stuff that dreams are made on?

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The Clean House  | Open: 09/30/08 Close: 10/05/08
This sly, antic comedy tells the story of a Brazilian maid in search of the perfect joke who single-handedly changes the alchemy of an upper-crust home in "metaphysical Connecticut." This play was the break-out hit for Sarah Ruhl, the most acclaimed playwright of her generation (and the first of her plays we have produced), and is a beautiful representation of her unique blend of whimsy, dislocation, theatricality, and surprise.
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The Emperor Antony  | Open: 04/14/11 Close: 04/20/11
The rise of the Roman Empire, as seen through the courageous and bleary eyes of the great general and soldier, Marcus Antonius, who defended Rome from the murder of Julius Caesar, only to squander the untold spoils of empire for this passionate obsession with the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra. A new rendering of two of Shakespeare’s most resonant tragedies

Directed by Victor Pappas, presented by NYU's Tisch Graduate Acting Program in association with the Department of Design for Stage & Film. A Third Year Production.

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The Henry Box Brown Play: Political-historical-doggerel-vaudeville  | Open: 09/30/10 Close: 10/05/10
In the years before the American Civil War, a former slave named Henry Box Brown regales audiences across Great Britain with a dramatic account of his extraordinary escape from slavery. When he makes his presentation to the Yorkshire industrial town of Todmorden, he strikes a deeper chord within the local populace than he – or they – could have imagined.

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The Importance Of Being Earnest  | Open: 02/03/09 Close: 02/08/09

A fresh, modern look at Wilde's classic comedy of manners which revolves around two friends, Jack Worthing and Algernon Moncrieff, their love interests and the problems arising from the two ladies' preference for a husband with the first name Ernest.

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The Journey of the Fifth Horse  | Open: 10/01/08 Close: 10/05/08
Based on the story "Diary of a Superfluous Man" by Ivan Turgenev.

Mr. Zoditch, a timid, frustrated book publisher in 19th Century Moscow is tormented by the uselessness of his existence—until he comes across a manuscript by an author whose life seems even more superfluous than his own. This 1965 Obie-winner is a clever, moving play-within-a-play in which art holds a very cracked mirror up to one man's ill-nature.

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The Storm  | Open: 10/01/09 Close: 10/07/09
Ostrovsky, who was one of Chekhov’s most accomplished predecessors, sets his tale in a provincial Russian town, where the small-minded egotism of its inhabitants stifles the human spirit. When an oppressed, married girl falls in love with another man, her desire to breathe freely and consummate their affair unleashes a tempest of guilt, retribution, and grief.

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The Three Sisters  | Open: 11/25/08 Close: 12/03/08
One of the greatest ensemble pieces of all time, Chekhov's play is a wistful romance of missed chances and wasted opportunities. The Prozorov sisters, carrying the torch for enlightened society in a provincial backwater town, entertain a visiting army garrison, all the while losing their hearts to the dashing soldiers, their quixotic ideals, and a world of what-might- have-been.
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The Winter's Tale  | Open: 04/16/08 Close: 04/26/08
This romance is one of the bard's greatest examinations of redemption and faith, borne out in a fantastical world of court intrigues, oracles, shepherds and shepherdesses, resurrections, and pursuing bears. King Leontes' inability to accept his wife's fidelity leads to a crisis of conscience that engulfs his entire kingdom and comes close to extinguishing his human heart—until a miracle occurs....
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Tongue Of A Bird  | Open: 02/02/10 Close: 02/07/10
Presented by NYU Tisch Graduate Acting Program and the Department of Design for Stage and Film. A 3rd Year Production.

Maxine is a rescue pilot - the best in the business, in fact - but finding stranded hikers is easy work compared to the unaccomplished task of finding herself. A missing girl and her frantic mother awaken in Maxine another journey through the sky: the skies of her memories, her childhood, and the mother who abandoned her. In the lyrical fantasia, only when she can touch down with her demons can Maxine ascend to her mission.

Scenic Designer - David L. Meyer
Costume Designer - Annie Simon
Lighting Designer - Bradley King
Sound Designer - Daniel Kluger
Stage Manager - Kris Carr

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Wonder: An American Hymn To The Shimmer Of Television And The End Of History  | Open: 12/03/09 Close: 12/07/09
Place: America.
Time: America.
An epic solar eclipse marks the end of history and the beginning of "life" as presented on television. While a fledgling Eden tries to bloom in one suburban living room, the desperate memory of something grand savagely bangs on the door. A muted husband, his struggling wife, a terrified single mother, her prescient son, a traveling salesman, a bourbon-soaked radio announcer and everyone at the local television affiliate collide and unravel under darkened skies in this crush of realism, allegory and American myth. [Original NYU Graduate Acting commission]

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wonder: an American hymn to the shimmer of television and the end of history  | Open: 12/03/09 Close: 12/07/09
Place: America.
Time: America.
An epic solar eclipse marks the end of history and the beginning of "life" as presented on television. While a fledgling Eden tries to bloom in one suburban living room, the desperate memory of something grand savagely bangs on the door. A muted husband, his struggling wife, a terrified single mother, her prescient son, a traveling salesman, a bourbon-soaked radio announcer and everyone at the local television affiliate collide and unravel under darkened skies in this crush of realism, allegory and American myth. [Original NYU Graduate Acting commission]

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