Ground UP Productions - a 3-year-old non-profit theatre company, is fresh off presenting the smash hit musical THE PEOPLE vs. MONA by Jim Wann and Patricia Miller. The production was hailed as "good natured, down home fun" by the New York Times, "consistently inventive" by the New York Post and a "hootin' good time" by Variety. Other productions include: THE SHAPE OF THINGS, THE HOUSE OF YES, PROOF, PUMP BOYS AND DINETTES (NY Revival), LOBBY HERO, HOT DAMN HOLIDAY!, BURN THIS, JACK AND JILL, and BABY WITH THE BATHWATER. Ground UP Productions continues to break ground with the new classics, reviving well-known theatre in unique ways and producing new works destined for greatness.
|Baby with the Bathwater
| Open: 11/07/07 Close: 11/17/07
From Ground UP Productions, the company behind the smash hit The People vs. Mona, Baby with the Bathwater, Christopher Durang's wickedly funny comedy of manners. Eccentric couple John and Helen Dingleberry are unprepared for the rigors of childrearing. When they bring their newborn baby home, they have no idea what to do when the child cries or even what gender the baby is. An outrageous Nanny and clueless school principal only make things worse. As Daisy Dingleberry grows from a young child into a confused man, he confronts his unconventional childhood and tries to establish his own identity. Can he possibly figure it all out?
When Baby with the Bathwater premiered off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons in 1983, the New Yorker called Mr. Durang "one of the funniest dramatists alive" and the New York Times raved that Durang "conquers bitterness and finds a way to turn rage into comedy that is redemptive as well as funny".
Kate Middleton is the Producing Artistic Director. The design team includes Travis McHale (set and lighting), Elisa Richards (costume) and Wade Dansby 3 (graphic). Devan Hibbard serves as the stage manager.
| Open: 03/14/07 Close: 03/24/07
BURN THIS explores the complexities of loss, and the healing power of art and love.
| Open: 03/14/07 Close: 03/24/07
BURN THIS explores the complexities of loss, and the healing powers of art and love. The place is a Manhattan loft in the 80's, shared by Anna, a dancer-chreographer, Robby who has just been killed in a freak boating accident, and Larry, a world-weary, caustically funny young advertising executive. As Anna attempts to recover from the loss of Robby, Pale bursts onto the scene. He is Robby's older brother, come to collect his belongings, but stays on to transform the action of the play, and the lives of those in it. Menacing, profane, dangerous, and yet oddly sensitive, Pale is both terrifying and fascinating and, in the end, the one who brings Anna the unsettling but complelling love that, despie her fears and doubts, she cannot turn away.
| Open: 07/16/08 Close: 07/26/08
From Ground UP Productions, the company behind the New York premiere of The People vs. Mona and the world premiere of The Optimist, comes the revival of Collected Stories, Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize-nominated play.
Collected Stories follows the dynamic relationship between two writers '" one at the beginning of her career and the other at the other end. The duo meets over six years, and endures success, petty jealousies and small betrayals.
"Probing the development and ultimate disintegration of a student-teacher relationship over the course of six years, Donald Margulies' new play is an engaging, witty and painful work." '"Time Out
"As usual, Margulies holds the rich ore of his material up to the light so that it sends beams in every directionâ€¦always fluid and lively, the play is thick with ideas, like a stockpot of good stew." '"Village Voice
Directed by Laura Standley
Featuring Katherine Argo* and Kate Middleton*
Set/Lighting Design Travis McHale
Stage Manager Kate August
Costumes Elisa R. Richards
Graphic Designer Wade Dansby
Assistant Stage Manager Devan Hibbard
Technical Director Dan Wheeless
An Equity Approved Showcase *Actors appear courtesy of Actor's Equity Association
| Open: 02/07/06 Close: 02/18/06
A young woman tries to come to terms with the death of her famous mathematician father. Among his notes is a new mathematical proof - a proof the woman claims she wrote
|Pump Boys and Dinettes
| Open: 05/10/06 Close: 05/27/06
Set in the Southeast, Pump Boys and Dinettes has a grand ol' time musicalizing the trials and tribulations of our fine diner waitresses and gas station attendants; here represented by the fine folks at a pump and eatery off Route 57. Complete with a raffle with real prizes, and intermission refreshments served by the dinettes themselves, this is a raucously good time that only southern hospitality can serve.
written and conceived by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel, and Jim Wann
| Open: 03/20/09 Close: 04/12/09
THE OPTIMIST looks at the volatile and surprisingly hilarious clash of passion and genetics when three well-bred, intelligent 20-somethings -- fraternal twin brothers Noel and Declan and Noel's ex-girlfriend Nicole -- encamp at a cheap motel in Tallahassee, Florida on the eve of a friend's funeral, and the marriage of the young men's father to the woman with whom he had a longstanding affair while their mother was still alive. Sex, mortality and unrequited love lurk throughout the play as the trio anticipates the funeral of their young friend, and the wedding of the father who the young men believe was responsible for their beloved mother's death.
| Open: 03/20/08 Close: 04/12/08
From Ground UP Productions, the company behind last year's smash musical The People vs. Mona, comes Jason Chimonides' edgy, new play THE OPTIMIST, directed by Jace Alexander ("Rescue Me," "House, M.D.," "Burn Notice," "Xena: Warrior Princess" and more). THE OPTIMIST looks at the volatile and surprisingly hilarious clash of passion and genetics when three well-bred, intelligent 20-somethings -- fraternal twin brothers Noel and Declan and Noel's ex-girlfriend Nicole -- encamp at a cheap motel in Tallahassee, Florida on the eve of a friend's funeral, and the marriage of the young men's father to the woman with whom he had a longstanding affair while their mother was still alive. Sex, mortality and unrequited love lurk throughout the play as the trio anticipates the funeral of their young friend, and the wedding of the father who the young men believe was responsible for their beloved mother's death.
Starring Matt Burns, Caitlin FitzGerald & Chris Thorn*
Ryland Blackinton Apr 8 - 12
Producers: Kate Middleton & Matt Olin
Stage Mgr: Devan Hibbard
Set/Lighting Design: Travis McHale
Producer/TD: Dan Wheeless
Co-TD: Jeff Besselman
Costume Design: Elisa Richards
Fight Choreographer: Ron Piretti
Graphics: Wade Dansby 3
Photography: Randy Morrison
|The People vs. Mona
| Open: 07/12/07 Close: 08/04/07
Set in Tippo, Georgia (population 8,000), THE PEOPLE vs. MONA is a love story, courtroom drama, musical comedy and fate-of-a-small-town-hanging-in-the-balance all rolled into one. Mona Mae Katt, owner of the wildly popular musical hangout, The Frog Pad, stands accused of killing her husband on their wedding day. If convicted, Mona will go to jail, and her beloved Frog Pad will be turned over to developers. Mona?s fate (and the Frog Pad?s) rests in the hands of everyman local defense attorney Jim Summerford, who has never won a case against charismatic prosecutor and majoral candidate Mavis Frye?who also happens to be his fiancée. As the trial unfolds amid a rollicking Southern roots score, the town?s many secrets are revealed, and Jim and Mona recognize a budding attraction between them.