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59e59 Theaters Fall 2010 Season  | Open: 09/08/10 Close: 01/02/11
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is proud to announce the roster of shows for the Fall 2010 Season. For more information, please visit www.59E59.org.

The 1st IRISH FESTIVAL kicks off the Fall 2010 season at 59E59 Theaters, with the US premiere of Guna Nua’s critically acclaimed production of ABSOLUTION and Origin Theatre Company’s premiere of EXIT/ENTRANCE.

American poet and novelist Sylvia Plath would have turned 78 on October 27, so it is a fitting month to honor Plath at 59E59 Theaters. The New York premiere of her only play, THREE WOMEN, arrives Stateside after a 2008 sold-out run at the Jermyn Street Theatre in London. WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH is a strikingly original look inside the mind of Esther Greenwood, heroine of Plath’s most famous novel The Bell Jar, while her head is in the oven.

Finally, BRITS OFF BROADWAY returns for a seventh spectacular season in November and December. Details will be announced soon.

September 8 – October 3
ABSOLUTION, written and performed by Owen O’Neill, directed by Rachel O’Riordan
Produced by Guna Nua Theatre (Dublin, Ireland)
Part of 1ST IRISH at 59E59 THEATERS
Tickets: $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members)
Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:30 PM; Thursday – Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; Sunday at 3:30 PM & 7:30 PM

From Perrier Award nominated Owen O’Neill comes a truly startling story. Timely and topical, O’Neill weaves a grim and riveting tale of a man who has taken upon himself the sins of so many and unleashed on them a terrible vengeance. Acclaimed Dublin company Guna Nua returns to New York after their critically acclaimed premiere last January with Best of Edinburgh Award-winner Little Gem at The Flea. And 59E59 welcomes Belfast director Rachel O’Riordan (Hurricane, Brits Off Broadway 2004) back to 59E59!

September 10 – October 3
EXIT/ENTRANCE, written by Aidan Matthews, directed by M. Burke Walker
Produced by Origin Theatre Company (New York, NY)
Part of 1st IRISH at 59E59 THEATERS
Tickets: $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members)
Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:15 PM; Thursday – Saturday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 3:15 PM. (There is no Saturday matinee performance on September 11)

Charles, a retired classics professor and his wife, Helen, quietly re-affirm their deep affection for each other and the life they’ve shared - its delights and disappointments - as they toast their commitment. Meanwhile, in a similar apartment, a much younger couple, also called Charles and Helen, are eagerly beginning their life together. Are these the same people 40 years ago? If not, who are they? The Irish Times called EXIT/ENTRANCE “One of the most challenging and satisfying evenings of pure theatre!”

October 5 – October 31
THREE WOMEN, written by Sylvia Plath, directed by Robert Shaw
Produced by Inside Intelligence (London, UK)
Tickets: $35 ($24.50 for 59E59 Members)
Tuesday – Wednesday at 7:15 PM; Thursday – Friday at 8:15 PM; Saturday at 2:15 PM & 8:15 PM; Sunday at 3:15 PM

A rare chance to see Sylvia Plath's only play! Three diverse women reveal what every woman knows about having a child, seeking a greater universal truth about the human condition. Fascinating, frank and powerful, The Stage called THREE WOMEN “Intimate, luminous and fearless!” THREE WOMEN was originally written as a radio play, which Plath wrote one year before her death. First presented in 2008 in London, Inside Intelligence is the first professional producers to mount the play since it premiered on the BBC in 1962.

October 5 – October 31
WISH I HAD A SYLVIA PLATH, written by Edward Anthony, directed by Anthony Wilks. Featuring Elisabeth Gray
Produced by New Umbrella (Asheville, North Carolina)
Tickets $25 ($17.50 for 59E59 Members)
Tuesday at 7:30 PM; Wednesday at 1:00 PM & 7:30 PM; Thursday – Friday at 8:30 PM; Saturday at 2:30 PM & 8:30 PM; Sunday at 3:30 PM

Esther Greenwood, heroine of The Bell Jar, must mix, blend and whip her memories, fantasies and illusions into the most perfect poem of her life before Olson the Magic Oven takes her away.

November 2 – January 2, 2011
The Brits return in time for the festive season! Programming details coming soon!


A Twist Of Water  | Open: 11/01/12 Close: 11/25/12
Noah is raising his adopted daughter Jira alone in the wake of his partner’s death in a car accident. When Jira decides to seek out her birth mother, Noah’s already strained relationship with her is pressed to the breaking point. Direct from its sold-out run in Chicago, A TWIST OF WATER is a profoundly touching story of love and loss, of fathers and daughters, and of rebuilding this non-traditional family after an unspeakable tragedy.

The cast, who were all in original Chicago production, includes Alex Hugh Brown, Lili-Anne Brown (David Cromer’s Rent at American Theatre Company), Falashay Pearson, and Stef Tovar (Jeff Award-nominated On An Average Day in Chicago and LA).

The design team features Stephen Carmody (set design), Sean Mallary (lighting design), and Lindsay Jones (sound design and original music). John Boesche, who won a Jeff Award for the Chicago production, is projection designer.

Caitlin Parrish (playwright) made her Route 66 debut as the author of the hit play A Twist of Water, which was the latest in a long line of collaborations with director Erica Weiss.  A Twist of Water is her second Off Broadway production, and her first since she was 19. Her debut was The View from Tall at the Cherry Lane Theatre, produced by Young Playwrights Inc., after it won the National Young Playwrights Competition. Since then, her plays have been produced around the country, and Ms. Parrish has become a guest lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin, Centenary College, and the University of North Florida. In Chicago, she is a proud collaborator with The Gift (10 Dimensions), The Inconvenience (Strapped), and Around the Coyote (Fuck Tori Amos). She is a recipient of the Annenberg Fellowship and the Humanitas Award. Ms. Parrish currently works as a staff writer on the CW's Emily Owens, MD.

Erica Weiss (director) is the Associate Artistic Director of Route 66 Theatre Company and a freelance director in Chicago. She directed the world premiere of A Twist of Water. Along with playwright Caitlin Parrish, she was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for “Best New Work” as co-creator of the play. Erica also directed and conceived NEXT STOP: A New Chicago Musical with composer Diana Lawrence and six Chicago playwrights at Route 66 Theatre in June of 2012. She directed the U.S. premiere of Making Noise Quietly at the renowned Steep Theatre Company, and will direct Vigils by Noah Haidle at The Gift Theatre in early 2013.  Erica was the founding Artistic Director of Hypatia Theatre Company, where she produced four world premiere productions, two of which (the critically acclaimed Red Georgia Clay and Florida Styx, both written by Caitlin Parrish) she directed. Recently, she served as Assistant Director to Barbara Gaines on the productions of Elizabeth Rex and Timon of Athens at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. As a director, dramaturg, and assistant director, she has worked with many of Chicago’s biggest Equity Houses and smaller storefront companies, including Victory Gardens Theatre, where she was the Dramaturg for the workshop and world premiere of The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Jeff Award winner), Northlight Theatre, American Theater Company, Chicago Dramatists, Stage Left Theatre, MPAACT, and more. Erica is a graduate of The Theatre School at DePaul University, where she earned her degree in Theatre Studies with an emphasis on directing and new play development.

All That Fall  | Open: 11/05/13 Close: 12/08/13
 Following its critically acclaimed, sold-out run in London's West End, don't miss this chance to catch two legends of the stage performing Samuel Beckett's extraordinary radio play All That Fall

First broadcast on the BBC in 1957, All That Fall is Beckett's deeply personal, scorchingly funny and grippingly dramatic tale of one woman's comic and moving journey to meet her husband at the train station. 

Eileen Atkins and Michael Gambon, two of Britain's finest living actors, star in this highly praised staging, directed by Trevor Nunn, in an exclusive, limited run of just 39 performances. 

The running time of All That Fall is 75 minutes with no intermission.


East To Edinburgh Festival  | Open: 07/13/10 Close: 08/01/10
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) announces the 2010 line up for the 7th annual EAST TO EDINBURGH festival.

Each July, 59E59 Theaters becomes the Edinburgh outpost right here in New York, hosting shows by US theater companies who are headed across the Pond to take part in the world’s largest cultural extravaganza, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. 59E59 Theaters is proud to host numerous provocative, outrageous, hilarious, infuriating and always innovative productions each year before they journey across the Atlantic!

Created as a way to help shows get on their feet before flying off to Scotland, EAST TO EDINBURGH simulates the same production constraints that all shows experience during the Festival, while giving them a clean, comfortable and nurturing space to fine-tune their productions.  This whirlwind festival reflects some of the most adventurous theater from across the United States.

The 2010 EAST TO EDINBURGH line up is:

YO GIRL! written and performed by Natalie Kim, directed by Kenneth Heaton
Produced by Claire Unabia
Tuesday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 14 at 7 PM; Tuesday, July 20 at 7 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
What happens when you meet the man of your dreams? For Natalie Kim, the answer is in her mothers. All three of them.

NO TRAVELER written and performed by Penny Pollack, directed by Samantha Jones
HI, HOW CAN I HELP YOU written and performed by Scout Durwood, directed by Lucile Scott
Produced by Mighty Little Productions
Wednesday, July 14 – Friday, July 16 at 9 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
NO TRAVELER combines vaudeville, music and monologue to explore the heartbreaking act of suicide with the one thing that helps us keep going... laughter. HI, HOW CAN I HELP YOU is a one woman musical following the silly side of working as an S&M mistress.

GIBBY STONE AND HER PROBLEM written by Paul Andrew Perez with music and lyrics by George Griggs, directed by Paul Andrew Perez
With Natalie Tiffany, Carlie Yaroscak, Christine Barnwell and Carolyn Stark
Produced by Infinity Repertory Theatre Company and Main Street Arts
Thursday, July 15 – Sunday, August 1
Tuesday – Saturday at 7 PM and Sunday at 2 PM
Tickets: $12 (59E59 Members $8.40)
Gibby is a regular teenaged girl until her acne strikes. Gibby’s face is either a dermatological wonder or the spawn of hell. Will she ever find a normal life? Teen angst at its worst!

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE written by Gyda Arber and Wendy Coyle, directed by Gyda Arber
With Gyda Arber, David Arthur Bacharach, Aaron Baker, Wendy Coyle, Ian W. Hill, Heath Kelts, Iracel Rivero, Brandi Robinson, Heather Lee Rogers, Ariana Siegel, Ken Simon and Moira Stone.
Produced by The Fifth Wall
Saturdays July 17, 24 & 31 at 1:30, 2:30, 3:30, 4:30 and 5:30 PM
Tickets: $20 (59E59 Members $15.50) Ticket price includes a drink at the E:Bar.
Advanced reservations are required.
Part performance, part live video game, this interactive experience uses iPods and the tony Upper East Side neighborhood around 59E59 to immerse audiences directly into the gritty world of film noir, where not everything is black and white.

MARY&WILLIAM written and performed by Mary MacDonald Hamill, directed by Eddie Lew
Saturday, July 17 at 4 PM; Sunday, July 18 at 7 PM; Wednesday, July 21 at 7 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
Shakespeare’s words have a powerful resonance in the life of a woman seeking intimacy and her place in the world. The voices of Hamlet, Prospero, Ophelia and Juliet intertwine with a deeply personal autobiography.

TWO ISLANDS: ISLAND BLOGOSPHERE and THE JEWISH NUN written and directed by Vanessa Garcia (Island Blogosphere) and Wendy White (The Jewish Nunn)
Featuring Nicole Garcia, Casey Dressler and Vanessa Garcia
Produced by New Light Foundation and Krane, Inc.
Saturday, July 17 at 2 PM & 9 PM; Sunday, July 18 at 4 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
Two Islands explores the two worlds inhabited by a Jewish American woman and a Cuban American woman. Two stories of culture clashes, the world of outsiders and the women who strive to find themselves through the pulsing life of the two particular islands who made them: Manhattan and Cuba.

CITY LOVE SONG, written, directed and performed by Jack Finnegan
Produced by Four Fins Ink
Tuesday, July 20 - Wednesday, July 21 at 9 PM; Tuesday, July 27 at 9 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
Jack Finnegan narrates an expressive and philosophical journey through the United States from the window of a train and the sidewalks of two dozen American cities. What is the state of America? Prepare to find out.

RIGHTEOUS MONEY written by Michael Yates Crowley, directed by Michael Rau. With Michael Yates Crowley and Michael Rau.
Produced by Wolf 359
Thursday, July 22 – Saturday, July 24 at 9 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
Dishing out advice on stock trading, deal-making and seducing your assistant, this filthy rich TV provocateur takes on the tanking economy. What begins as a send-up of financial gurus and morally dubious I-bankers becomes a searing exploration of finance and the state of America today.

A PERHAPS-TOO-INTIMATE EVENING OF MUSIC AND HILARITY written by Jesse Andrews and Micah Shapiro, directed by Jesse Andrews. With Mr. Andrews and Mr. Shapiro.
Produced by The Young Dads
Thursday, July 22 – Saturday, July 24 at 9 PM
Tickets: $12 (59E59 Members $8.40)
This charming comedic duo mixes catchy original music with witty comedic musings about pirates, the meaning of existence and how tough it is to be a teenage girl. Their vocal harmonies, strangely compelling choreography and subversive Power Point presentation will have you laughing to the point of irreversible face damage.

RETREAT written by Steven Levenson, directed by Dawn Fuller
With Lucinda Allen, Yasmeen Audi, Cristina Cortes, Tate Daugherty, Joey Doyle, Caroline Johnson, Nikhil Mehra, KC Morse, Ben Prout, Alexa Salamé and Anna Skelsey.
Produced by Red Chair Players East
Friday, July 23 – Sunday, July 25 at 7 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
Two rebellious young women are caught at the intersection between modernity and madness. Retreat explores the perils of self-discovery in a psychiatric clinic, circa 1906.

SKINNY BITCH JESUS MEETING written and performed by Katie Hartman and Leah Rudick
Wednesday, July 28 – Saturday, July 31 at 9 PM
Tickets: $10 (59E59 Members $7)
Delightfully dark duo Katie Hartman and Leah Rudick turn daisies into daggers and filth into fancy with their absurd and disarmingly fun show. Named "biggest revelation" by the Guardian at the 2009 Edinburgh Fringe, the pair returns to the 2010 festival with their bizarre world of giggles and nightmares.

written, directed and performed by Allison Hetzel
Produced by One Voice Productions
Saturday, July 31 at 2 PM & 4 PM; Sunday, August 1 at 4 PM
Tickets: $15 (59E59 Members $10.50)
Considering Georgia O'Keeffe is a unique and honest look at O'Keeffe's life as a female artist in a man's world. A compelling portrayal of one of the most iconic American artists of the 20th Century.

Evolution  | Open: 04/26/12 Close: 05/20/12
Scientific fact and family history collide in this tale of a woman’s extraordinary transformation and her family’s absurd and tragic attempts to prevent it. Mixing performance, puppetry, and miniatures with a lush video design by Jim Findlay (Collapsable Giraffe, Cynthia Hopkins), EVOLUTION is a fascinating exploration of identity, family and illness cross cut with the story of the back-to-the-water evolutionary process of the whale.

EVOLUTION, which was developed by the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, originally premiered at The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, where the Syracuse Post Standard called it “a taut, creative, multi-character, one-woman show that will make you laugh as well as jolt your serious sensibilities.”

The design team includes Jim Findlay (set and vide design); Thomas Dunn (lighting design); Anna Alisa Belous (costume design); and Will Pickens (sound design). Marc Mellits composed the original score. The production stage manager is David A. Vandervliet.

Flipside: The Patti Page Story  | Open: 12/18/12 Close: 12/30/12
Front Page Productions in association with The University of Central Oklahoma presents

Written and Directed by GREG WHITE
With a staggering 111 hits on the Billboard charts, and more than 100 million records sold, the “Singing Rage” Miss Patti Page is one of the most iconic female recording artists in history. Written from interviews with Miss Page, FLIPSIDE: THE PATTI PAGE STORY is the story of her meteoric rise to stardom. Featuring 28 of Miss Page’s hit songs, including Tennessee Waltz, (How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window, and Mockingbird Hill, FLIPSIDE is a sparkling musical celebration of this legendary singer.
The running time of Flipside: The Patti Page Story is 95 minutes without an intermission.
Henrik Ibsen + Jon Fosse: Norway Meets New York  | Open: 08/08/06 Close: 09/09/06
Never before performed in the United States, Fosse's deathvariations tells the story of how a mother finds herself through the loss of her child. The play begins as she comes to tell her former husband that their adult daughter has died. She is in a state of anguish, attempting to make sense of life and death and the way things begin and end. We discover the daughter may have killed herself; the parents are forced to revisit their past and the way things came to be.

Ibsen's Rosmersholm centers on the relationship between reluctant rebel John Rosmer and his driven and secretive "friend" Rebecca West, as well as the hypocrisy of the powerful, conservative individuals ho interfere with their unconventional union. This new translation/adaptation firmly plants the story into a modern American setting, as it stays true to Ibsen's exploration of the motivation for John's late wife's suicide and the depth of Rebecca's involvement.

The performance schedule for Henrik Ibsen's Rosmersholm, adapted/translated by Anna Guttormsgaard and Bridgette Wimberly, with Oda Rodoor, and directed by Timothy Douglas, is:

Week of August 7
Tuesday at 7:15 PM (double bill with deathvariations);
Thursday at 7:15 PM (double bill with deathvariations);
Friday at 8:15 PM;
Saturday at 4:15 PM;
Sunday at 7:15 PM

Week of August 14
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 7:15 PM

Week of August 21
Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 3:15 PM

Week of August 28
Tuesday, Thursday at Saturday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 3:15 PM

Week of September 4
Wednesday at 8:15 PM; Friday at 7:15 PM (with deathvariations) and
Saturday at 4:15 PM

The performance schedule for Jon Fosse's deathvariations, in a new American translation by and directed by Sarah Cameron Sunde is:

Week of August 7
Tuesday at 7:15 PM (double bill with Rosmersholm);
Wednesday at 8:15 PM;
Thursday at 7:15 PM (double bill with Rosmersholm);
Saturday at 8:15 PM;
Sunday at 4:15 PM

Week of August 14
Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 4:15 PM

Week of August 21
Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 7:15 PM

Week of August 28
Wednesday and Friday at 8:15 PM; Sunday at 7:15 PM

Week of September 4
Tuesday and Thursday at 8:15 PM; Friday at 7:15 PM (with Rosmersholm); Saturday at 8:15 PM

Ideal  | Open: 06/17/10 Close: 07/03/10
Ayn Rand’s IDEAL receives NY premiere at Americas Off Broadway at 59E59 Theaters.The world’s most famous actress is accused of murder. Six devoted fans are challenged to stand by their idol in her time of greatest need. How much will they sacrifice to protect the ideal they profess to love?

IDEAL was written in 1934, during a time of great professional turmoil in Rand’s life. At the time, her novel We the Living was rejected by a succession of publishers for being "too intellectual" and too opposed to Soviet Russia; her play Night of January 16th had not yet found a producer; and Miss Rand's meager savings were running out. IDEAL was written originally as a novelette and then extensively revised and turned into a stage play.

The cast of IDEAL includes Liz Aldefer, Jessie Barr, Ted Caine, Bill Griffin, Sean Ireland, Lee Kasper, Emily Marrow, Cara Massey, Dan Pfau, Kim Rosen, Ariana Seigel, Carly Walsh and Andrew Young. Produced by Karina Martins and Drew Vanderburg in association with FGP NYC, INC.

Improbable Frequency  | Open: 11/28/08 Close: 01/04/09
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) is thrilled to welcome Dublin, Ireland's Rough Magic Theatre Company in their US premiere with their masterful wartime musical comedy. IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY is a joyously surreal satire that lifts the lid on Ireland's fragile neutrality during World War II and cuts to the heart of the tempestuous, can't-live-with-'em-can't-live-without-'em affair with its nearest neighbor, Britain.

While war rages across Europe, Dublin revels in its knife-edge neutrality as the fledgling Irish Free State tries to remain open for business. A hotbed of political and cultural bohemians, the city is host to a volatile mixture of exiled intellectuals, literary bar-lizards, British spies and Nazi sympathizers.

When coded messages, broadcast during an Irish radio-requests show, draw the attention of the British, a young code breaker called Tristram Faraday is sent across the Irish Sea to investigate. His enquiries lead him into a series of deeply improbable encounters, where the truth is more improbable than anyone could have imagined.

There are subversive agents to placate, comely maidens to seduce, and a plot fizzing with deals, capers and extraordinary war-time conspiracies. IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY is a madcap, anarchic poke at the real and imaginary howlers of history which showcases writer Arthur Riordan's delight in the rough and tumble of words, orchestrated from vaudeville to cabaret through Bell Helicopter's jauntily witty score.

In the Summer Pavilion  | Open: 10/12/12 Close: 11/03/12
'Excellent - an intelligent, richly compassionate and deceptively quiet winner!'


'A wonderfully realized gem - an achy, richly observant story!'
NY Daily News

'Poetic - a noteworthy highlight!'
The Village Voice

What if there were multiple futures and you could see them all at once? At a Maine summerhouse, three recent Princeton grads drop acid and are repeatedly hurtled forward in time to see multiple selves and futures. The hedonism and fluid sexuality of their idealistic youth twist in their love triangle on a wild summer night.

Made In Poland  | Open: 10/29/08 Close: 11/30/08
A rebellious young man demands guidance and authority in the new, post-communist Poland, challenging his priest, his teacher, his mother and even local gangsters to show him the way. In the end, love saves the day. The Obie Award-winning The Play Company, New York's gateway to New International Plays, presents the American premiere production of this popular hit by one of Poland's foremost contemporary theatre artists.

Made In Poland is one of three plays comprising MADE IN POLAND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW POLISH PLAYS Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute. As Poland continues to adapt to a political democracy regained in 1989, and in the midst of a contentious Presidential election in the United States, this timely and provocative festival thrusts Poland's vibrant contemporary theater scene onto the world stage. Featuring productions by two of New York's top theater companies producing contemporary international work." The Play Company and Immigrants' Theatre Project (both OBIE Award-winners) "along side Theatre of the Eighth Day, one of Poland's oldest and most prestigious avant-garde companies, in their US debut.


North  | Open: 10/04/12 Close: 10/28/12
‘Compelling - wistful, poetic, and wise!
Chicago Tribune

Built entirely out of the writings of its central characters, North explores Anne Morrow Lindbergh's (wife to aviator Charles) fascination with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (author of The Little Prince), as well as her struggle to orient herself, to reconcile motherhood with work and love with duty, and to articulate the responsibility of the artist to a world sunk in war. 

North is based on historical fact. But it is a work of fiction.

Poetic License  | Open: 02/09/12 Close: 03/04/12
John Greer has a charmed life: he is a professor at a renowned university, a beloved father, and he is about to be named Poet Laureate. He owes much of his success to his wife, Diane, who aggressively shepherds his career. But when their daughter and her new boyfriend return home for the weekend, hidden secrets emerge that threaten to destroy the image he has cultivated in both his public and private lives. Poetic License is a biting drama set against the cut-throat, “publish or perish” world of academia that explores how one person's past can shape his art, his family and, in this case, his future.

Sandbox/The First Time  | Open: 11/13/08 Close: 11/30/08
Presented by Immigrants' Theatre Project.
These two one-act comedies by Michal Walczak examine the ferocious, tragicomic, rough-and-tumble between the sexes. Both plays explore different stages of relationships, underlaid with a cynicism and absurdism often found in Eastern European theater. The battle of the sexes literally starts in the Sandbox, in this hilarious confrontation between a boy guarding his space and a girl who just wants to play. The First Time is an outrageous look at erotic interplay under absurd circumstances, when a woman demands from her eager boyfriend that their "first time" be perfect.

Sandbox/The first Time is one of three plays comprising MADE IN POLAND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW POLISH PLAYS Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute. As Poland continues to adapt to a political democracy regained in 1989, and in the midst of a contentious Presidential election in the United States, this timely and provocative festival thrusts Poland's vibrant contemporary theater scene onto the world stage. Featuring productions by two of New York's top theater companies producing contemporary international work. "The Play Company and Immigrants' Theatre Project (both OBIE Award-winners)" along side Theatre of the Eighth Day, one of Poland's oldest and most prestigious avant-garde companies, in their US debut.


Simon Green Sings Coward at Christmas  | Open: 12/14/08 Close: 01/04/09
Making its US premiere at the 59E59 Theaters Holiday E:Café, SIMON GREEN Sings COWARD AT CHRISTMAS: A Cabaret for Noël is a Holiday treat direct from London. West End favorite Simon Green (part of the original casts of Sondheim's Follies, Passion and Sunday in the Park with George), together with his musical director and archivist David Shrubsole, brings a wonderful evening of Coward sophistication, wit and warmth to 59E59 to celebrate Coward's 109th birthday. This new program blends great Coward classics and some rediscovered comedy gems, unearthed from the British Library, with lesser-known work that is given new life with Shrubsole's arrangements and a fresh Green interpretation.

Simon Green makes his 59E59 debut as a performer, after helming several wildly successful shows for Brits Off Broadway, including Cooking for Kings, Beau Brummel and Fascinating Aida in Absolutely Fascinating. He served as Consulting Director for The Hired Man.

Skin Tight  | Open: 11/07/12 Close: 12/01/12
From the company that produced last spring’s critically acclaimed pool (no water) comes the internationally acclaimed play SKIN TIGHT. In this bold and brutal love story, a lifetime of fierce love and intense regret is sensuously and powerfully remembered. This mesmerizing play was inspired by the poem The Magpies by New Zealand poet Denis Glover.

The cast for the US premiere features Sarah-Jane Casey (The Killing Room for One Year Lease; Xena Warrior Princess) and J.M. Russ (I Am My Own Wife for the Queensland Theatre Company).

The design team includes James Hunting (set design); Mike Riggs (lighting design); Christine Kahler (costume design); and Scott Fetterman (sound design). The play features an original score by Estelle Bajou. Natalie Lomonte (former dance captain for Broadway’s Spiderman) is the choreographer.

The 1959 Broadway Songbook  | Open: 12/03/08 Close: 12/12/08
Jeff Harnar's THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK is a musical revue celebrating the 21 musicals running in New York during the Golden Age of Broadway. From Gypsy, The Sound of Music, My Fair Lady, West Side Story, Bells Are Ringing, The Music Man and more, a cast of four, featuring Mr. Harnar, Klea Blackhurst, Anna Bergman and David Gaines, toasts this pinnacle of The Golden Age of Broadway.

Rex Reed called THE 1959 BROADWAY SONGBOOK, "Big Voices, Big Talents and One Great Song After Another!" The New York Times called it "Superb!" and the Chicago Tribune declared the show "A Hit!"

The Anderson Twins - Celebrate Artie Shaw At 100
with Special Guest Daryl Sherman
 | Open: 05/25/10 Close: 05/30/10
Performed by Clarinet/Saxophonists Pete and Will Anderson and their band with special guest Daryl Sherman.

Acknowledged by their peers and the jazz community as musicians with a promising future, The Anderson Twins are joined in their centennial tribute to the great Artie Shaw by New York favorite Daryl Sherman.


The Anderson Twins Play the Fabulous Dorseys  | Open: 09/26/12 Close: 10/07/12

‘Toe-tapping, heart-lifting jazz – a musical tribute from one pair of swinging musical siblings to another!’
New York Post

‘A wonderful earful from expert jazz musicians!’


Delightful, dazzling and infectious - this show is too good!’


Saxophone/clarinetists Pete and Will Anderson tell the riveting story of the two bandleaders, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, who rise to the top – before sibling rivalry causes the act to split up. A blazing jazz sextet and footage from the 1947 film The Fabulous Dorseys bring this true story to life.

The Anderson Twins
Benny Goodman Meets Artie Shaw: Who Was King?
 | Open: 05/18/10 Close: 05/23/10
In the first week of their centennial tribute to jazz giant Artie Shaw, the identical Anderson Twins take on two new musical masters – Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw! Who was King? You decide as The Anderson Twins duel with dazzling virtuosity!

Give your Sunday a little extra fizz!

Come and celebrate Artie Shaw’s 100th Birthday at the 3PM performance on Sunday May 23. Champagne will be served at intermission.

The City That Cried Wolf  | Open: 12/05/07 Close: 12/30/07
THE CITY THAT CRIED WOLF is a rollicking theater-noir starring favorite nursery rhyme characters a la Monty Python! Little Bo Peep is a sultry singer who seeks her sheep. Jack B. Nimble is the Private Eye hot on her tail. With sex and adrenaline pumping violence, can Jack crack Rhyme Town's stickiest murder? Or has he fallen for the wrong dame? With three little pigs in satin, bears in teddies, and rub-a-dub-dub three men in a tub, this not your average fairytale. Rhymetown is going to the wolves!
The Files  | Open: 10/22/08 Close: 11/09/08
Founded in 1964, Theatre of the Eighth Day unwittingly became Poland's foremost political theater of opposition under the Communist regime. Kept under surveillance by the Secret Police, plagued by the authorities, and accused of criminality, the theater managed to create some of the most important Polish performances of the 1970s. The Files is based on actual Secret Police reports on the Theatre's actors written during the period from 1975 to 1983 (reports that by definition also covered the actors' contacts, friendships, and meetings), juxtaposed with the actors' private letters at the time the reports were written, as well as parts of old performances to which the reports referred.

The Files is one of three plays comprising MADE IN POLAND: A FESTIVAL OF NEW POLISH PLAYS Presented by the Polish Cultural Institute. As Poland continues to adapt to a political democracy regained in 1989, and in the midst of a contentious Presidential election in the United States, this timely and provocative festival thrusts Poland's vibrant contemporary theater scene onto the world stage. Featuring productions by two of New York's top theater companies producing contemporary international work." The Play Company and Immigrants' Theatre Project (both OBIE Award-winners)" along side Theatre of the Eighth Day, one of Poland's oldest and most prestigious avant-garde companies, in their US debut.

The Maria Project  | Open: 03/06/12 Close: 04/01/12
Using documentary footage, music and storytelling, THE MARIA PROJECT takes audiences on a road trip across America to unravel the mysterious disappearance of Maria Salazar. Through the voices of family over three generations, an unknown family history is unearthed, down to the very secret that shaped its destiny.

Called “inspiring” by the Star Tribune and “powerful and harrowing” by the City Pages in Minneapolis, this incredible story of survival arrives at 59E59 Theaters after traveling across the US, playing in Los Angeles, Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Chicago.

About the Company: 59E59 Theaters

The Drama Desk Award-winning 59E59 Theaters is the number one Off Broadway destination in New York City. Nestled just around the corner from the famous Delmonico Hotel (now the Trump Park Avenue), 59E59 Theaters is a spectacular modern theater complex with three stages and a lively bar on the mezzanine level.
Owned and operated by the Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation, a not-for profit foundation, 59E59 Theaters brings new, innovative and invigorating work to East Side audiences.

59E59 Theaters presents Off-Broadway productions by not-for-profit companies from across the United States and around the world, including an annual festival of new British theater called Brits Off Broadway and a preview of shows going to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe called East to Edinburgh.


Travelers  | Open: 05/10/12 Close: 05/13/12
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes The Little Opera Theatre of NY with TRAVELERS, the premiere pairing of Gustav Holst’s chamber operas The Wandering Scholar and Sāvitri, directed by Philip Shneidman and conducted by Richard Cordova.

TRAVELERS is an original double bill of two one-act operas by British composer Gustav Holst (1874-1934).

With libretto by Clifford Bax, The Wandering Scholar is a comedy about a traveling scholar, his young wife, and a priest; and what the husband finds when he returns home. Based on the book The Wandering Scholars by Helen Waddell, the opera received its premiere on January 13, 1934 at the David Lewis Theatre in Liverpool, but Holst – too ill to attend – never heard a live performance of the opera.

Dating from 1908, Sāvitri features a libretto by Holst, and is taken from the episode from the Mahābhārata, which Holst translated from Sanskrit himself. A moving tale of pure love and devotion, the myth of Sāvitri revolves around Sāvitri and Satyavān alone together in the woods, and their encounter with the god of death.

In Imogen Holst’s preface to the published score of Sāvitri, she noted that her father had suggested that if a prelude was needed, one of the hymns from his Choral Hymns of the Rig Veda would help establish the appropriate atmosphere. The Little Opera Theatre of NY’s production of TRAVELERS will incorporate that work as an interlude between the two operas.

The cast of The Wandering Scholar  features Maria Alu, Sharin Apostolou, Ron Loyd, Jeffrey Tucker, and Benjamin T. Robinson. The cast of Sāvitri features Heather Johnson, Rufus Muller, and Toby Newman.

The design team includes Neil Patel (scenic design); Natalie Robin and Amanda Clegg Lyon (lighting design); and Sara James (costume design). The Production Stage Manager is Aaron Heflich Shapiro.

Richard Cordova (Conductor) was recently appointed Music Director of The Little Opera Theatre of New York following his success as conductor for LOTNY's New York stage Premiere of Mozart's Mitridate, Re di Ponto. Mr. Cordova made his professional conducting debut leading the Scandinavian Premiere of Bernstein's Candide in Bergen, Norway, and has subsequently conducted productions for Oper der Stadt Bonn, Opera North (New Hampshire), Sarasota Opera, Opera Company of Boston, Long Beach Opera, Berkshire Opera, Florida Grand Opera and Baltimore Opera. He has served as Music Director for both Julie Taymor's Juan Darien during its initial off-Broadway inception (later conducting the work during its Tony Award nominated run at Lincoln Center Theater during the 1996-97 season); and earlier for Music-Theater Group's groundbreaking off-Broadway production of Virgil Thomson's The Mother of Us All, an opera he later conducted more often than any other living conductor. As a pianist, he has collaborated with such artists as Martina Arroyo, Frederica von Stade, Renato Bruson, Florence Quivar and Julia Migenes, and has worked in this capacity for several major opera companies around the world. For the past 18 years, he has toured internationally with various productions of Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, conducting the work on four continents. He continues long standing artistic associations with both Des Moines Metro Opera and Sarasota Opera, having held various titles with the latter organization including that of Program and Music Director for the Studio Artists.

Philip Shneidman (Director) founded The Little Opera Theatre of NY in the summer of 2004. Work includes: Mitridate, re di Ponto - the NYC stage premiere; La Finta Giardiniera, The Mother of Us with the artist Sherrie Levine, and 2 Little Tragedies of Pushkin with Mungo Thomson. Concerts include: Make Believe, The Bohemians and New York Music all at Socrates Sculpture Park. Mr. Shneidman has directed Eugene Onegin and Dialogues of the Carmelites at The Mannes College of Music. His theater directing credits include: A Drowned Girl [1919] (HERE); Fully Committed (Adirondack Theatre Festival); Romeo & Juliet (Queens Theatre in the Park). On Broadway and at Lincoln Center Theater he has served as the Assistant Director on The Full Monty, A Delicate Balance, The Heiress, Pride’s Crossing, among many others. Early days found him stage-managing operas such as Albert Herring (Aldeburgh Festival) and The Marriage of Figaro (Aspen Music Festival.) 

Wolves  | Open: 08/04/10 Close: 08/21/10
59E59 Theaters (Elysabeth Kleinhans, Artistic Director; Peter Tear, Executive Producer) welcomes the return of Kids With Guns with the World Premiere of WOLVES, written by Delaney Britt Brewer and directed by Mike Klar. WOLVES begins previews on Wednesday, August 4 for a limited engagement through Saturday, August 21. The regular ticket price is $18 ($12.60 for 59E59 Members).  Special $10 WOLVES WEDNESDAYS performances include a post-show talk back with members of the cast and creative team. For more information visit www.59E59.org.

A wolf collides with a young couple’s automobile on a snowy New Year’s Eve, igniting this triptych on the violence of deception. Unfolding across three relationships, an impotent novelist grasps for affection from his resentful fiancé, a woman longs for the specter of her overbearing ex-girlfriend, and a child discovers her unwitting role in her parents’ divorce. Acclaimed playwright Delaney Britt Brewer weaves humor and compassion in this world premiere production of WOLVES.

Delaney Britt Brewer last collaborated with Kids With Guns for the 2007 critically acclaimed production of her play An Octopus Love Story. WOLVES reunites her with Octopus director Mike Klar and actor Josh Tyson (who Time Out called “a 21st Century Rock Hudson”). Brewer is a member of Ensemble Studio Theater’s Youngblood Writers Group and also developed WOLVES under the auspices of a Dramatists Guild Fellowship.

The full cast will be announced in the coming weeks.