New Georges

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New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Associate Director) the OBIE-winning theater company founded in 1992 produces highly theatrical new works by women.

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AliceGraceAnon  | Open: 10/18/12 Close: 11/09/12
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Producing Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Deputy Artistic Director; Jaynie Saunders Tiller, Managing Director) in association withIrondale Center (85 Oxford Street between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street, Brooklyn) will present the World Premiere of Kara Lee Corthron’s ALICEGRACEANON,October 18-November 9. The production will be directed by Kara-Lynn Vaeni and will feature Carolyn Baeumler (Lisa Kron’s The Veri**zon Play at the Humana Festival), Eric Clem (The Elephant Man at Williamstown Theatre Festival), Matt Dellapina (The Civilians’ In the Footprint at Irondale), Teresa Avia Lim (Quiara Alegria Hudes’ Pulitzer Prize-winning Water by the Spoonful at Hartford Stage), and Christina Pumariega (Theresa Rebeck’s Seminar on Broadway).The creative team will include Sound Design by Marcelo Añez, Music Direction by Ralph Capasso, Set Design by Nick Francone, Costume Design by Liam O’Brien, Installation Design by Rachel Schapira, and Lighting Design by Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew. The production will also feature The Spectacle Brigade, a 10-member chorus who facilitate inventive moments of theatricality and play smaller parts; and a live band in the “role” of Jefferson Airplane. Special guest musicians will sit in with the band during a break in the action at each performance. A complete schedule will be available at www.newgeorges.org.                  

A curious girl who falls down a rabbit hole. The lead singer of an iconic ‘60s rock band. The poor, nameless star of a classic druggie diary. Three oddly connected heroines inhabit three separate worlds, playing out their stories exactly as expected. But when those worlds suddenly collide – really, they collide -- they all start to wonder… who's really controlling my destiny?

Corthron’s imaginary meeting of these three characters is inspired by the ways they historically intertwine. It was Grace Slick’s obsession with the works of Lewis Carroll (and the drug imagery she found therein) which inspired Jefferson Airplane’s hallucinatory 1967 hit White Rabbit, which in turn inspired the title of the best-selling 1971 teenage memoir Go Ask Alice – published as the real diary of an anonymous girl, but later revealed to be a work of fiction, a “cautionary tale” by a do-gooding writer named Beatrice Sparks.

The production is designed to feel like a ‘60s-era "happening," an event which used familiar materials in new ways to make participants question their approach to experience. The concept will extend throughout the ample Irondale space -- including the balcony, where audiences will enter the theater through an interactive installation, which explores the backstory of the three protagonists. There, text from their stories mingles with art-school style constructions; and soundscapes and live video create the sense that everyone is a voyeur.

ALICEGRACEANON was originally commissioned in 2010 as part of The Germ Project. As a response to the growing trend towards small-cast, one-set plays, New Georges commissioned four playwrights to write BIG plays, plays of “scope and adventure” that are “unproduce-able” and that “encompass elements which extend and expand the conventional playwriting repertoire.” In June 2011 they presented a “germ” – a 20-minute excerpt – of each of the plays, at 3LD Art & Technology Center. Kara Lee Corthron’s play AliceGraceAnon is the first of these four original Germ Project plays to receive a fully staged production. 


About the Company: New Georges
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Associate Director) the OBIE-winning theater company founded in 1992 produces highly theatrical new works by women.

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Commedia Dell Smartass  | Open: 09/09/05 Close: 10/01/05
An eccentric comedy featuring an overachieving Girl Scout who wants to get into a good college, a Fencer who reads, Machiavelli, a Clown of ambiguous gender, and a guy named Henry, Sobieski's play takes place in a slightly alternate reality, and she has chosen her unusual characters to toy with more typical archetypes of high school, such as the cheerleader, the football jock, and the sensitive drama student.

It's just the reminder, all adults need, that the treacherous environment of high school was only the opening salvo for the rest of one's life.

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Dead City  | Open: 05/26/06 Close: 06/24/06
"DEAD CITY" is Sheila Callaghan's loose adaptation, more of a "riff," on Joyce's Ulysses. Samantha is a woman in her 40s who wakes up one June morning shadowed by regret. She wanders out of her Upper East Side apartment and begins a day's journey through the city, a day punctuated by a series of chance encounters with a mysterious near-stranger: Jewel, the poet-prodigy daughter of the guy who did her kitchen. By the time Samantha heads home in the middle of the night, the events of one long serendipitous New York City day have transformed her relationship to the everyday elements of her life.
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Goldor $ Mythyka: A Hero Is Bron  | Open: 04/03/13 Close: 04/27/13
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Producing Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Deputy Artistic Director; Jaynie Saunders Tiller, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Lynn Rosen’s (Apple Cove with Women’s Project) GOLDOR $ MYTHYKA: A HERO IS BORNdirected by Shana Gold (Food and Fadwa with New York Theatre Workshop) April 3-27 at The New Ohio Theatre (154 Christopher Street between Greenwich and Washington). The production will feature Ben Beckley (Home/Sick with The Assembly), Jaspal Binning (Thomas Bradshaw’s Job at The Flea), Christopher Gerson (“Desperate Housewives”), Kristin Griffith (Bethany at Women’s Project), Jenni Meador, Bobby Moreno (Hand to God at EST), Garrett Neergaard (The Laramie Project with HBO), Rob Leo Roy (Helen Hayes Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in The Food Chain), Jenny Seastone Stern (Grimly Handsome), and Bubba Weiler (The Burnt Part Boys with Vineyard Theatre). The creative team will include Lighting Design by Lenore Doxsee (Obie Award for Target Margin’sMamba’s Daughters), Props Design by Rachel Graf Evans, Set Design by Nick Francone (Vampire Cowboys), Video Design by Jared Mezzocchi (Princess Grace Theater Fellowship recipient) andPiama Habibullah (3-Legged Dog), Costume Design by Tristan Raines (The House of Von Macrame at The Bushwick Starr), Sound Design by Shane Rettig (Vampire Cowboys), and Choreography by Melissa Riker (Kinesis Project Dance Theatre). The Production Stage Manager will be Danielle Teague-Daniels.

Watch, if you dareth, as love and hunger collide most fantastically with the elusive American dream. In hearty games of Dungeons & Dragons, young Bart and Holly escape the dreary reality of hauling money all day in armored transport vehicles. When jobs are lost and the boss starts looking at Holly funny, escape becomes reality, releasing Goldor & Mythyka upon the world! Thusly, lucre shall be heisted!  Throngs shall cheer their criminal exploits!  And Have Nots will rule the day. Until… reality regenerates with a vengeance.

Goldor $ Mythykais based on a truly true story! In 2008, playwright Lynn Rosen read an article she couldn’t get out of her head… A nice young couple enamored of fantasy role-playing games, Roger Dillon and Nicole Boyd, steal $7.4 million from an armored car company in Youngstown, Ohio. By the time they're captured just 350 miles away (in Pipestem, West Virginia), the public has dubbed them the “Goth Bonnie and Clyde.” 

Goldor $ Mythyka was originally commissioned in 2010 as part of The Germ Project. As a response to the growing trend towards small-cast, one-set plays, New Georges commissioned four playwrights to write BIG plays, plays of “scope and adventure” that are “unproduce-able” and that “encompass elements which extend and expand the conventional playwriting repertoire.” For a long time, playwright Lynn Rosen had been sitting on the idea for G$M, based on a real-life story. She hadn’t started it because her vision was for a play so BIG she didn’t think it could ever be produced! When she got the “germ” assignment, she ran with the idea, adding layer upon layer of theatrical elements in delightful and imaginative ways: levitating actors, explosions, jump-cut style, audience participation, and sound and video cues which operate in continuous dialogue with the actors’ work onstage. The play is notable for its technical complexity, but the theatrical tools aren’t just there to add novelty, they’re deeply embedded in the text and vital to the storytelling where they take on a life of their own. Repeated sound cues become a kind of code to aspects of Goldor & Mythyka’s world, and video elements juxtapose with live action so that an action and its consequences inhabit a parallel moment for the audience, or lend insight into the characters’ real desires. 


About the Company: New Georges
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Associate Director) the OBIE-winning theater company founded in 1992 produces highly theatrical new works by women.
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HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS  | Open: 12/03/15 Close: 12/19/15
HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS takes an exploded view of love, in which confusion blends with confidence, time keeps shifting, amateurs are experts, and brunch can be fatal.

As a blueprint for her play, Harnetiaux used the structure of exploded view: an illustration or diagram used in manuals (for lawnmowers, bicycles, computers) that shows an object’s parts apart from the whole, but in positions that indicate their relationship to it. Roger and Lucy meet in a convention hall, Daphne and Nick break down at a diner, their stories intertwine as the play swirls around you, rotating on its axis, to articulate the experience of love, with its alternating moments of intimacy and isolation.

Coming off of their Obie Award winning production of A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Great Lakes at City Center in January and the critically acclaimed Heartbreak at The Bushwick Starr in May, New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Producing Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Deputy Artistic Director; Jaynie Saunders Tiller, Managing Director) announces their final production of 2015, the World Premiere of HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS by Trish Harnetiaux (If You Can Get to Buffalo with Incubator Arts Project) at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn 11211; www.bricktheater.com) as part of The Brick’s Resident Artist program, December 3-19. Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm with additional shows on Saturday, December 12 and Friday, December 18 at 4pm. Tickets ($18) are available online at www.newgeorges.org or by calling 866-811-4111.

The production will be directed by Katherine Brook (She is King at Incubator Arts Project’s Other Forces Festival) and feature downtown superstars Jess Barbagallo (House of Dance with Half Straddle), Mike Iveson (Gatz with Elevator Repair Service), Kristine Haruna Lee (A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes with New Georges), Tina Shepard (Talking Band), Jacob A. Ware (Agent Selby on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”), and Stephanie Weeks (The Past is Not a Foreign Country with Soho Rep) with Sound Design by Chris Giarmo (Resident Composer for Half Straddle), Choreography by David Neumann (Futurity with Ars Nova/Soho Rep), and Lighting Design by Josh Smith (Feeling with Glass Bandits at The New Ohio).

About the Company: New Georges
New Georges (Susan Bernfield, Artistic Director; Sarah Cameron Sunde, Associate Director) the OBIE-winning theater company founded in 1992 produces highly theatrical new works by women.

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Hillary: A Modern Greek Tragedy with a
(Somewhat) Happy Ending
 | Open: 11/22/08 Close: 12/20/08
Mia Barron, last seen on Broadway in Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning Best Play The Coast of Utopia, and stage and television's Darren Pettie will head up the eight-member cast as Hillary and Bill Clinton. Athena, the Greek goddess of wisdom, and Aphrodite, the goddess of love, have been at war since time immemorial. When a young girl named Hillary Rodham devotes herself to Athena alone spurning romance, makeup, and attractive hairstyles Aphrodite takes revenge by having her fall in love with a man of mythical charm and appetites: Bill Clinton. New Georges first presented "HILLARY" at The Public Theater last December in a two-performance workshop presentation.

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New Georges (Book Club)
Reads James Joyce's
 | Open: 02/07/06 Close: 05/09/06
On Tuesday, February 7th, playwright Sheila Callaghan will read from ULYSSES. This is the first of four book readings scheduled for the first Tuesday of each Month from February through May This is a precursor to New Georges' production of Ms. Callaghan's play "Dead City" later this season. "Dead City" references "Ulysses." In it, a female protagonist journeys around New York City in the course of one long day in June, just as Leopold Bloom traveled Dublin. All sessions will include a special guest, conversation, and drinks.

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