Genre: Festival

Untitled Theater Company #61 is applying the concept of 24-hour theater to its unique brand of Theater of the Absurd. Each day of this festival, four different playwrights will write on a different theme, ranging from Puppet Plays to Protest Plays, from Found Text to Fairy Tales. The plays are written overnight, then rehearsed all day long, until they are performed that evening. The event will provide nearly 100 theater artists an opportunity to participate in a week long, intensive idea factory, and the audience has the unique opportunity to watch inspiration spring during within its first 24 hours of existence.

The line up is as follows: Monday, March 14, Jewish Legends; Tuesday, March 15, Found Text, Wednesday, March 16, Puppets; Thursday, March 17, Transvestite Melodrama; Friday, March 18, Mini-NeuroFest (a preview of Untitled Theater's upcoming festival about neurological conditions); Saturday, March 19, Protest Plays; and Sunday, March 20, Seven-Minute Fairy Tales Matinee.

Untitled Theater Company #61 is celebrating its twelfth year of producing theater in New York. Over that time, it has continued its mission of producing a modern Theater of the Absurd. One of its most noteworthy achievements was the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Fairy Tales of the Absurd. This sprang from the 2001 Ionesco Festival, the first-ever complete festival of Eugene Ionesco's plays, including all 39 plays (one of them a world premiere), as will as films and seminars. The Company has also produced a world premiere by Richard Foreman, and work by Vaclav Havel, T. S. Eliot, and Tom Stoppard. The New York Times called Fairy Tales of the Absurd "almost unbearably funny," and The Village Voice praised the "dizzying ambition [that] animates every aspect of this sprawling Ionesco Festival, which generously provides New Yorkers in the grip of a dark time an opportunity to encounter an unfailingly inventive playwright's response to his own traumatic age."

About the Company: Untitled Theatre Company, #61

Untitled Theater Company #61 is a Theater of Ideas: scientific, political, philosophical, and above all theatrical.

Open:   03/14/05
Close:   03/20/05

Monday-Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm
Theater:   Tada Theatre
Address:   15 West 28th Street
New York, NY
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Closest subway: N,R to 28th Street; walk east to the theatre

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Presented by: Untitled Theatre Company, #61         Official Web Site: www.untitledtheater.com