| Open: 10/29/10 Close: 11/20/10
The Storm Theatre and Blackfriars Repertory Theatre present the third show of The Paul Claudel Project, NOON DIVIDE (Partage de Mini) originally BREAK OF OON, by Paul Claudel, beginning October 29, 2010 at The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame, 114th Street and Morningside Park (one block from Columbia University). Tickets are $25 and are available at www.smarttix.com by phone at 212-868-4444.
NOON DIVIDE is The Storm Theatre’s third offering from French playwright, poet and diplomat Paul Claudel. Considered one of the 20th century's greatest geniuses, his work has been neglected in the English speaking world. For NOON DIVIDE, Claudel used his own adulterous affair with Rosalie Vetch as inspiration, exploring human sexual passion, and its role within the grand design of salvation.
What at first appears to be a tragedy of doomed love eventually reveals itself as a Divine comedy, much along the lines of his vast epic The Satin Slipper(also inspired by the aforementioned events.) On a ship bound for Hong Kong, a lonely civil servant meets a beautiful, vivacious married woman. Seduction and an ensuing torrid affair lead to surprising consequences. What at first seems a classic example of the French term amor fou (literally translated as "crazy love") eventually reveals itself to be just that, but in quite an unexpected way.
Set and costume design by Laura Taber Bacon, sound design by Jana Hoguland, lighting design by Michael Abrams and stage management by Charles Casano. Directed by Peter Dobbins and Stephen Logan day. With Peter Dobbins (AEA), Chris Kipiniak (AEA), Matthew Waterson (AEA) and Hollis Witherspoon.
ABOUT THE STORM THEATRE
Since 1997, when it was established as a not-for-profit company, The Storm Theatre has drawn upon the resources of its founders, some acting friends and a growing cadre of professional associates whose commitment to theatre has been enhanced by the creative freedom fostered here; as a consequence, utilizing established classics, under-acknowledged gems from the world repertory and vigorous, new visions of life today, The Storm Theatre has succeeded in offering audiences compelling documentation of what it means to be human. In 2007, The Storm Theatre was selected as one of nytheatre.com’s “People of the Year.”
Storms are variously identified with disturbances of the natural atmosphere as well as the landscape of the soul. They can encompass explosions of both an electrical and a passionate nature and have been represented as assaults, sometimes violent, upon fortified citadels or secret, internal retreats. A storm grows from elemental forces and, inevitably, explodes one reality in to another; it is a journey through catharsis to regeneration. Just as the Globe and The Rose portrayed the breadth and complexity of the lives Shakespeare uncovered on those stages, so The Storm was an apt choice to reflect the theatre experiences they hoped to project for their audiences; a reawakening to the awe-inspiring truths of our shared humanity, its beauty and potential.
Peter Dobbins(co-director) is a cofounder and Artistic Director of The Storm Theatre, and has directed such Storm productions as T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral, William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life, Dion Boucicault’s The Shaughraun, and Arrah na Pogue, John Regis’s Stavrogin’s Confession, Stewart Parker’s Spokesong, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, Karol Wojtyla’s The Jeweler’s Shop, Jeremiah, and Our God’s Brother, the North American Premiere of House of Desires by Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, and the world premieres of The Last Starfighter by Skip Kennon and Fred Landau and Linnea by John Regis. As an actor, he was most recently seen as Jaques in As You Like It. He has also been seen as T. E. Lawrence in Terence Rattigan’s Ross, Alfred Evelyn in Edward Bulwar Lytton’s Money and Lolo in Pirandello’s Henry IV and has played many leading roles in various regional theatres. He received a B.A. in Communications and Theatre from Temple University and attended Southern Methodist University’s Professional Actors Training M.F.A. program. Most recently he directed As You Like It by William Shakespeare.
Stephen Logan Day (co-director) previously directed Ross, The Power and The Glory and Scapin for The Storm Theatre. Most recently, he assisted Peter Dobbins with his direction of As You Like Itand The Time of Your Life. He has also acted at Storm since 1997, appearing in Linnea, Henry IV, Money, Eurydice, The Shaughraun and Murder in the Cathedral. He has also worked on Storm’s productions of Twelfth Night, Stavrogin’s Confession, As You Like It (AD), The Salvage Shop, House of Desires, The Brute, The Surprise (stage manager) and Gillette. His training includes Boston University, Yale Drama School and Uta Hagen.
ABOUT BLACKFRIARS REPERTORY THEATRE
Blackfriars Repertory Theatre, an apostolate of the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph, was founded in 1998 by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P., as a revival of Blackfriars Theatre (1940-1972)—the first professional religious theatre ever tried in New York City and the oldest continuous Off-Broadway theatre in American stage history. Blackfriars provided the proverbial great first break to several acclaimed theatre artists including playwright Robert Anderson, and actors Geraldine Page, Patricia Neal, Anthony Franciosa, Darren McGavin, and Shelley Berman. Like the original Blackfriars, Blackfriars Rep carries on the mission of “producing plays of artistic merit that reflect the spiritual nature of man and his eternal destiny.” In its ten years of existence, Blackfriars Repertory Theatre has staged over twenty productions in New York City, regionally, and on tour in its commitment to “theatre dedicated to the human drama.”
This performance is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.
NOON DIVIDE will be performed from October 29 – November 20, 2010 at The Theatre of the Church of Notre Dame, 114th Street and Morningside Park (1 block from Columbia University) with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 pm. Additional performances Saturday 10/30 at 2pm, Monday 11/1 at 7:30 pm and Thursday 11/4 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $25 and are available at www.smarttix.com, 212-868-4444.
For more information, visit www.stormtheatre.com.