| Open: 04/11/07 Close: 05/05/07
Phil is a guy you'll love to hate... but he might just charm your pants off. Literally. Spend an evening with Phil and see his darkly comic misadventures in BED. From schoolboy dalliances and college trysts to marital failure and home-bound houseboys, Phil's relationship roller coaster will entertain, appall, and maybe even shock you with a hint of the familiar.
Playwright Brendan Cowell is an Australian actor and screenwriter most recently seen in the hit Aussie drama Love My Way (a series for which he is also a contributing writer). BED won the 2001 Sydney Morning Herald/Sydney Theatre Company Patrick White Playwright's Award. Cowell's other plays include Morph, ATM, and Rabbit, which won the 2003 Griffin Playwrighting Award.
"Bed makes you hunger for the next scene...it sings with truth, poetry and pain."
-The Sydney Morning Herald
Sarah-Jane Casey, Nico Evers-Swindell, Nick Flint, Emma Jackson, Ana Lucas, Nick Stevenson
Ianthe Demos – Director
Mike Riggs – Lighting Designer
James Hunting – Set Designer
Dave Chessman – Sound Designer
Victoria Tzykun – Costume Designer
Sarah Parvis – Publicity
Brian Michael Thomas – Graphic Designer
|Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fab
| Open: 09/07/06 Close: 09/16/06
New York-based, international touring theater company
ONE YEAR LEASE
proudly presents the New York premiere of
Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable)
a play by Caridad Svich
directed by Ianthe Demos and Danny Bernardy
featuring original music by Brian Simerson
Meet Iphigenia, the pampered daughter of a ruthless Latin American dictator who learns that she is to be sacrificed for the good of her father. To escape her fate, she embarks on an Alice-in-Wonderland-style trip through the dark fringes of society to reach a rave on the northernmost edge of the city. See what happens when Greek tragedy, an androgynous rock star named Achilles, the ghosts of the Women of Juarez, ecstasy-fueled dancers, the modern media circus, and a history of corrupt rulers are all invited to the same huge party.
Caridad Svich's modern script riffs on the myth of Iphigenia as told by Euripides and Racine but instead of the windless shores of Greece, the ill-fated love of Iphigenia and Achilles is set in a pop-culture-crazed Latin landscape where young Iphigenia is pursued by a media that can destroy her just as brutally as her father's henchman and where she will learn more than she bargained for about lust, violence, sacrifice, and celebrity. And love. Above all, deep, passionate, screwed-up love.
One Year Lease is currently rehearsing the play in Papingo, Greece, marking the second time that Iphigenia Crash Land Falls has been to the mountains of Northern Greece. The play was originally developed by the Actors Touring Company (UK) at the Euripides Festival in Monodendri under the direction of Nick Philippou. The play, short-listed for the 2005 PEN USA-WEST Award in drama, premiered in the US at 7 Stages Theatre in Atlanta.
"Caridad Svich's Iphigenia...a rave fable is an exhilarating play.
The narrative subtlety is what makes Svich's redux of Euripides'
Iphigenia in Aulis so stirring... A play of mythic power." -Variety
Danny Bernardy* (Co-Director, Achilles, Chorus), Nick Flint, Susannah Melone (Camila, Violeta Imperial, Chorus), Brina Stinehelfer (Iphigenia), Gregory Waller (Adolfo, Virtual MC, Chorus)
*indicates member of Actor's Equity Association
Production Team: Jessica Applebaum (Dramaturg), Danny Bernardy (Co-Director), Ianthe Demos (Co-Director), James Hunting (Set Design), Kay Lee (Costume Design), Mike Riggs (Lighting Design), Brian Simerson (Composer), Brian Thomas (Video and Graphic Design)
ABOUT CARIDAD SVICH:
Award-winning Latina playwright, Svich's work includes Any Place But Here (Theatre for the New City, directed by Maria Irene Fornes), Alchemy of Desire/Dead-Man's Blues (Cincinnati Playhouse, directed by Lisa Peterson), Antigone Arkhe (The Women's Project, directed by Annie Dorsen), and the multimedia collaboration with Todd Cerveris and Nick Philippou The Booth Variations (59 East 59th Street/NY and 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Theatre Festival). Her new play with songs Thrush premieres at Salvage Vanguard Theatre in Austin this fall. In development: music-theatre version of Federico Garcia Lorca's Yerma with composer Elizabeth Swados and director Kay Matschullat.
ABOUT ONE YEAR LEASE:
Before opening in New York, One Year Lease will workshop Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart (a rave fable) in the mountains of Northern Greece. Rehearsing in the tiny village of Papingo, the ensemble of five actors will build the project in the country that is home to the original myth of Iphigenia and perform for impromptu audiences of villagers before returning to New York City's Walkerspace. With Iphigenia Crash Land Falls, OYL continues its exploration of evocative modern adaptations of the classics.
One Year Lease, founded in 2000, is a New York-based theater company dedicated to revitalizing classic texts. They have created a community of American and international artists who work together on productions performed both in the United States and abroad. Recent productions include Phaedra x 3: a project featuring three provocative adaptations of the myth of Phaedra including Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love, Matthew Maguire's Phaedra, and Jean Racine's Phedre translated by Ted Hughes (Monodendri and Papingo, Greece; The Cherry Lane, New York); Antigone (The UnConvention Theater Festival, Abingdon Theater, New York); Machinal (Theater for the New City); Look Back in Anger (Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, New York); Oresteia (Theater for the New City, New York; Deree College Amphitheater, Athens, Greece; Theatro Alfredo Chiesa, Milan, Italy; Antigone (The Raw Space, New York; Theatro Technis, Athens, Greece) and Miss Julie (Sanford Meisner Theater and The Pulse Theater).
|Phaedra X 3
| Open: 11/29/05 Close: 12/22/05
New York-based, international touring theater company
ONE YEAR LEASE
Phaedra x 3
Three provocative adaptations of one tragic tale of desire and ruin
Performed in rep
Directed by Ianthe Demos
From the classic to the post-modern, the elegant to the raunchy, the three shows include:
Jean Racine's Phedre translated by Ted Hughes
Tuesdays and Fridays @ 7pm
In the most classic version of Phaedra in the series, Ted Hughes follows the story of the Phaedra and her insatiable desire for her stepson Hippolytus, the bastard child of her husband and his former mistress. Translated from Racine's 17th Century French verse, Phedre explores the disastrous consequences of forbidden love in a world where desire is a plaything of the gods. This struggle of power versus desire erupts in a frenzy of obsession, admission, guilt, and ruin.
Matthew Maguire's Phaedra
Wednesdays @ 7pm, Saturdays @ 2pm
Corruption, privilege, money, and power reign supreme in Matthew Maguire's take on the ancient myth of Phaedra. In place of Phaedra and her husband King Theseus, we find Faye and her husband Thomas, the head of the most powerful multinational corporation in the country whose ambition is as ruthless as his lust. Cross Dynasty and the Sopranos with good ole' fashioned Greek tragedy and you'll experience Matthew Maguire's tale of doomed love.
Matthew Maguire won an OBIE for his work in I Don't Know Who He Was and I Don't Know What He Said, a one-man play written and directed by Mac Wellman. As a playwright, his other works include The Tower and The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo.
Sarah Kane's Phaedra's Love
Thursdays and Saturdays at 7pm
In Phaedra's Love, playwright Sarah Kane imagines a world where excess, lust and violence rule. Though Kane's Hippolytus is bored, promiscuous, slob who has already slept with her daughter, Phaedra's passion remains undaunted. In a play where Ubu Roi meets Quentin Tarantino, the fumblings of this doomed family are as comedic as they are violent. Kane skewers the royal family, the Church, and the breakdown of the family as she takes us to the myth's final bloody conclusion.
Kane's shocking career, which includes Blasted, Cleansed, Crave, 4.48 Psychosis (which just ended a run at BAM), was cut short when she committed suicide in 1999 at the age of 28.
ABOUT PHAEDRA x 3:
Phaedra x 3 was created and workshopped in the mountains of Northern Greece during the summer of 2005. Rehearsing in the tiny village of Papingo, the ensemble of six actors performed for audiences in the villages of Northern Greece, culminating in a showcase at an outdoor amphitheater in Monodendri in July. With Phaedra X 3, OYL not only brings a classic story to the stage, but expands its horizons by exploring three very different imaginings of one tragic story. Whether one prefers classical pieces, modern adaptations, or racier action onstage, Phaedra x 3 offers something for every audience.
ABOUT ONE YEAR LEASE:
One Year Lease, founded in 2000, is a New York-based theater company dedicated to revitalizing classic texts. They have created a community of American and international artists who work together on productions that are performed both in the United States and abroad. Recent productions include Phaedra x 3 (Monodendri and Papingo, Greece; Antigone (The UnConvention Theater Festival, Abingdon Theater, New York); Machinal (Theater for the New City); Look Back in Anger (Abingdon Theater Arts Complex, New York); Oresteia (Theater for the New City, New York; Deree College Amphitheater, Athens, Greece; Theatro Alfredo Chiesa, Milan, Italy; Antigone (The Raw Space, New York; Theatro Technis, Athens, Greece) and Miss Julie (Sanford Meisner Theater and The Pulse Theater).
For more information, please visit www.oneyearlease.org.
| Open: 08/15/07 Close: 08/26/07
Reader tells the story of a censor forced to confront the sins of his past when a mysterious unfinished manuscript turns up bearing an uncanny resemblance to his life. Suddenly, the future is dictated by every word he allows.
One Year Lease will be rehearsing Reader during their summer residency in Papingo, a small village in northern Greece. It is the third play in Ariel Dorfman's The Resistance Trilogy, a trio of provocative plays that One Year Lease is producing this summer in Greece and New York City. The Resistance Trilogy includes: Death and the Maiden, which OYL workshopped in New York before presenting at the Theatro Imeras in Athens in June 2007; Widows, being staged in villages in Northern Greece in July 2007; and Reader, debuting in New York City as part of the NY International Fringe Festival in August 2007.
| Open: 01/14/10 Close: 02/04/10
Meet an epically dysfunctional family plucked from Greek mythology and dropped square in the middle of Fast Food Nation. In Clay McLeod Chapman’s Teaser Cow, King Minos is a cattle baron hell-bent on world beef domination. Queen Pasiphaë can’t stay off the sauce. Their daughter spends her days slinging burgers and huffing cow patties to get high. And their son? He’s the Minotaur — a half-man, half-bull monster that only a mother could love. Toss in a twelve-step program, a couple of severed fingers, and a kid-hating corporate mascot in a plush suit, and you’ve got one deliciously disturbing dark comedy.
| Open: 10/01/08 Close: 10/03/08
The Bird is a bold adaptation of The Seagull that explores the elegant symmetry of Chekhov's classic. It is an intimate look at theater, love, and loss in the modern age.
Directed by: Michael Rau
Cast: Babis Gousias & Emma Jackson
Set Design: Sara Walsh
Costume Design: Jessica Pabst
Light Design: Derek Wright
|The Tender Mercies
| Open: 04/14/10 Close: 05/01/10
Zig thought he could talk his way out of anything. That is, until he met Rose. Now he finds himself locked away, playing a very dangerous game. Welcome to The Tender Mercies, where the only difference between wordplay and a war game is a weapon.
Written by Montenegrin playwright Sladjana Vujovic, The Tender Mercies was inspired by events that occurred during the Bosnian Civil War.
“Sladjana Vujovic mimes mundaneness of evil with playful wit and measured menace.”
—Sunday Times, Edinburgh
Jim Kane*, Christina Bennett Lind*, Gregory Waller*
* denotes a member of Actors’ Equity Association
Director: Jessi D. Hill
Producer: Ianthe Demos
Associate Producer: Nick Flint
Lighting Designer: Mike Riggs
Set Designer: James Hunting
Costume Designer: Paul Carey
Sound Designer/Original Music: Nathan Leigh
Production Stage Manager: Colleen M. Sherry
Violence Director: Marius Hanford
Dramaturg: Jessica Kaplow Applebaum
Assistant Dramaturg: Amanda Culp
Publicity: Sarah Parvis
Graphic Designer: Brian Michael Thomas/Our Hero Productions