|Columbia Stages Presents, One Flea Spare
| Open: 12/15/05 Close: 12/17/05
London, 1665. The plague has quarantined a wealthy, elderly couple in their boarded-up home. A street-corner prophet stands outside their window, calling for an uprising of the poor. A young girl breaks in, followed by a runaway sailor. Their lives collide amid sexual and class warfare and the fever of disease. Winner of the 1997 OBIE award for best play.
WILL MacADAMS (director) has worked in theater in the United States, Indonesia, and South Africa. At Columbia, he has created ensemble-based adaptations of Brecht's Caucasian Chalk Circle and Wilder's Our Town and directed Strindberg's Miss Julie, among other projects. Past directing work includes: Peter Handke's Kaspar, created with theater students in Johannesburg at the beginning of the Mandela era; Awaken New Haven, a five hour, four neighborhood theatrical journey produced by Long Wharf Theatre; Eye to Eye, created and performed by New Haven teen-agers and future officers from the New Haven Police Department; and Freedom River, a retelling of Twain's Huckleberry Finn, which he also wrote. In 1994, he studied Wayang Kulit, or Javanese Shadow Puppetry, in Central Java, Indonesia.
Columbia Stages is the producing arm of the Oscar Hammerstein II Center for Theatre Studies of Columbia University's School of the Arts. Columbia Stages presents a season of graduate actor and director productions as well as an annual festival of new plays by emerging playwrights. The theatre division offers M.F.A. degrees in acting, directing, playwriting, dramaturgy/script development, stage management and theatre management & producing. The goal of the division is to provide each student with the foundation for a career in professional theatre as well as the tools to embrace an ever-changing theatrical landscape and shape the future of the theatre.
| Open: 11/01/05 Close: 11/19/05
Strongly influenced by the Italian commedia dell'arte, Moliere's Scapin tells the tale of two young men foiled in love when their respective fathers arrive determined to marry them off...but not to the women they're in love with. The sons appeal to the servant Scapin for help, but with disastrous consequences. Scapin's antics create more confusion, mistaken identity, rancor...and hilarity.
FEATURING THE MFA ACTING CLASS OF 2006: Amanda Boekelheide, Charles Browning, Laura Butler, Kelly Eubanks, Jon Froehlich, Laura Heidinger, Rebecca Henderson, Susan Hyon, Kyle Knauf, Walker Lewis, Areshia McFarlin, Luis Moreno, Christopher Ryan Richards, David Skeist, Adam Tsekhman, Isaac Hirotsu Woofter, Chi Wright
|Moliere's The Misanthrope
| Open: 11/08/05 Close: 11/19/05
"The friend of mankind is no friend of mine"— the words of an honest man determined to exist in a society ruled by insincerity, and of a humorless grinch whose only pleasure is the humiliation of others. The only hitch is an obsessive passion for a woman who embodies all that he despises. Absurd and hilarious on the surface, sad and frightening in implication, The Misanthrope is a dazzling look at sincerity, social rules, and romantic love.
FEATURING THE MFA ACTING CLASS OF 2006: Amanda Boekelheide, Charles Browning, Laura Butler, Kelly Eubanks, Jon Froehlich, Laura Heidinger, Rebecca Henderson, Susan Hyon, Kyle Knauf, Walker Lewis, Areshia McFarlin, Luis Moreno, Christopher Ryan Richards, David Skeist, Adam Tsekhman, Isaac Hirotsu Woofter, Chi Wright.
|POETICS: a ballet brut
| Open: 10/19/05 Close: 10/22/05
POETICS: a ballet brut, conceived and directed by PAVOL LISKA, is a non-verbal performance that strips theater down to its barest physical essentials and swarms the entire architecture of the Theatre of the Riverside Church. 2000 years after Aristotle's original Poetics Liska asks – can we forge a new aesthetic?
PAVOL LISKA (director) was born and raised in Slovakia. For the past 10 years he has directed his own as well as others' plays at venues around the city, including Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Classic Stage Company, Theater for the New City, P.S.122, Chashama, and the Collective:Unconscious. Poetics was originally presented as a work in progress for Prelude '05, a festival of contemporary theatre, at CUNY Graduate Center. This spring Pavol will be collaborating with Obie award-winning playwright Chuck Mee, Jr. on Fragment 147 at Classic Stage Company.
|The Canterbury Tales
| Open: 11/13/08 Close: 11/22/08
The only thing more timeless than the tale is the person who is telling it.
Join Columbia Stages and experience an adventure 600 years in the making.
You are cordially invited to attend Columbia Stages' production of Geoffrey Chaucer's THE CANTERBURY TALES, a new adaptation by Ken Kaissar, at The Riverside Theatre (91 Claremont Avenue b/w 120th and 122nd Streets).
This new adaptation of Chaucer's masterpiece, directed by Yuriy Kordonskiy, showcases the entire 2009 M.F.A. Acting class, in a production that celebrates the culmination of their graduate training. The acting ensemble is Amanda Broomell, Ji Young Choi, Sanam Erfani, Rebecca Hirota, Kim Katzberg, James MacBean, Lauren Murphy, Adam Radford, Luc Radu, Casey Robinson, Josh Sauerman, Nadia Sepsenwol, Tom Slot, Steven Sun, Alison Weisgall, Patrick Yeoman and Jehan O. Young.
As a group of pilgrims journeys to Canterbury to pay homage to Thomas Becket, they engage in a battle of wits to see who can tell the most entertaining story. This contest results in breathtaking narratives of glorious honor, salacious lust, unspeakable courage, relentless faith and hilarious ribaldry. Join Columbia's 2009 M.F.A. Acting class as they fearlessly bring to life these timeless tales.
The show officially opens on Thursday, November 13 at The Riverside Theatre (91 Claremont Avenue b/w 120th and 122nd Streets).
Tickets for THE CANTERBURY TALES can be purchased online at www.ColumbiaStages.com, by calling 212.870.6784, or by visiting the Box Office at The Riverside Theatre. Box Office hours are Thursday—Saturday, 4:00PM—8:00PM and Sunday noon—4:00PM, as well as one hour prior to performances.
MAKE THE PILGRIMAGE.