|A Thousand Words: 7 Short Plays On Photography
| Open: 07/07/06 Close: 07/16/06
PHOTO PLAYS features new work from acclaimed playwrights Nastaran Ahmadi, Alex Dinelaris, Charles Forbes, Michael John Garces, Kirk Lynn, Deb Margolin and Sharyn Rothstein as well as a photography exhibit by Israeli Reichman. The seven plays are loosely informed by Susan Sontag's seminal examination of photography, On Photography. The provocative program reveals what it's like on both sides of the camera. From a cheeky beefcake calendar shoot to a chance meeting with a former lover, from grieving parents left with only a photo of their deceased son to Internet dating expectations gone awry, PHOTO PLAYS looks at the medium from a variety of angles and offers searing, heartfelt and even funny riffs on Sontag's commentary. What power do photographs hold? What can they tell us? Are Internet dating profiles true to life? Can looks be deceiving?
|La Femme Est Morte Or Why I Should Not F*#! My Son
| Open: 08/12/06 Close: 08/26/06
In this provocative new production at The 10th Annual New York International Fringe Festival, the Greek tragedy Phaedra meets modern day, celebrity-obsessed America.
Golden couple Theseus and Phaedra are just like the Beckhams: gorgeous, wealthy and on the cover of every tabloid. With Theseus off at war, pilates-addicted Phaedra grows lonely and confides in her publicist Niamh. Her only enjoyment comes from watching her stepson Hippolytus box with his best friend X. Amid a chorus of swarming paparazzi and backstabbers, Phaedra and Hippolytus struggle to hide their budding attraction. What happens when the gloves come off? How do people deal with being left behind during wartime?
Using found text from sources such as General Patton's D-Day Speech, George Bataille's Ma Mere, Seneca's Phaedra, and US Weekly as well as new text from director Shoshona Currier, La Femme Est Morte Or Why I Should Not Fuck My Son weaves together a tragi-comedy packed with live music (expect to hear all your favorite pop songs), enormous dance numbers, and full-scale boxing matches.
|Twenty Years of Agnes
| Open: 09/29/06 Close: 10/22/06
Winner of the City of San Sebastian Theater Prize in Spain, this highly charged new play unspools a dangerous game of one-upmanship. As Agnes contemplates breaking away from her stagnant home and marriage to Max, she is lured into a psychological battle with her deliciously wicked friend Albertine. What is Albertine's hidden agenda? Does Agnes have the will and desire to leave a comfortable marriage of twenty years? As the twisting plot unfolds, the characters' veneer of conventionality is stripped away, and their violent passions lead to an outrageous and unforgettable ending.
With hints of Pedro Almodovar and Edward Albee, Twenty Years of Agnes is a witty, highly charged thriller. In this sharp, new translation by Camilo Fontecilla, Riquelme's original voice breathes excitement and dramatic tension into the play from start to finish.
| Open: 03/16/07 Close: 03/25/07
"Riveting..Provocative, hip and beautifully put together." – Three Weeks
"Highly stylish...perceptive about a generation." - The Guardian
Drawing inspiration from Ovid's classic tale of Pygmalion and the enormous online personals community, stirring takes us inside the lives of seven lonely New York hipsters as they navigate their desperate fantasies and grim realities all from the safety of their laptops. Are these strangers one click away from happiness?
Following the March 17, 23 and 24 shows, local celebrities will host speed dating events for single members of the audience and the cast.
Written by Shoshona Currier & Charles Forbes.