Genre: Musical
Written and Directed by Paulanne Simmons, Musical Direction by Margaret Hetherman

IN THE SCHOOLYARD tells the story of Larry, Jerry, Dave, Eddie and Manny, who all grew up in Brooklyn. They played stoopball and stickball on the streets and basketball in the schoolyard of P.S. 8. They all worked in or stole from the grocery store owned by Manny's mother, Mrs. Rivera. Years ago they married, started their careers and moved away. But they still come back to Brooklyn on the last Saturday of September to play basketball, have a few drinks at O'Leary's bar and talk about old times and new. But this time things are a little different. Larry is going through a major crisis that's causing him to reevaluate the some of the decisions he's made in his life. And Dave is in trouble once again. As the guys look back to the past, they figure out how they are going to face the future.
About the Company: Theater For The New City

THEATER FOR THE NEW CITY (TNC) is a Pulitzer Prize winning community cultural center that is known for its high artistic standards and widespread community service. One of New York’s most prolific theatrical organizations, TNC produces 30-40 premieres of new American plays per year, at least 10 of which are by emerging and young playwrights. Many influential theater artists of the last quarter century have found TNC’s Resident Theater Program instrumental to their careers, among them Sam Shepard, Moises Kaufman, Richard Foreman, Charles Busch, Maria Irene Fornes, Miguel Piñero and Academy Award Winners Tim Robbins and Adrien Brody. TNC also presents plays by multi-ethnic/multi-disciplinary theater companies who have no permanent home. Among the well-known companies that have been presented by TNC are Mabou Mines, the Living Theater, Bread and Puppet Theater, the San Francisco Mime Troupe and the Ma-Yi Theater Company, which won an OBIE Award for its 1996 TNC production, FLIPZOIDS. TNC also produced the Yangtze Repertory Company’s 1997 production of BETWEEN LIFE AND DEATH, which was the only play ever produced in America by Gao Xingjian before he won the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature. TNC seeks to develop theater audiences and inspire future theater artists from the often-overlooked low-income minority communities of New York City by producing minority writers from around the world and by bringing the community into theater and theater into the community through its many free Festivals. TNC productions have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and over 40 OBIE Awards for excellence in every theatrical discipline. TNC is also the only Theatrical Organization to have won the Mayor's Stop The Violence award.

Open:   05/04/07
Close:   05/20/07

Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Sundays at 3 p.m.
Theater:   Theater For The New City
Address:   155 First Avenue
New York, NY 10009
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  JODY BELL (Annie) has appeared as Lana in Triange (The Players Theatre, NYC) and Liza Minnelli in That's Life! (!The Krane Theatre, NYC), Maria in West Side Story, Shy in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Anne in La Cage Aux Folles, Lisel in The Sound of Music, and Marie in Berlin to Broadway. She is a graduated from the University of the Pacific, with a BA in musical theatre.
  DAVID BENGER (Scott) Recent credits include Hershel Weinberger in Gemini and Tommy in Ah, Wilderness! ( Heights Players, Brooklyn). Dave has a principal supporting role in the feature film, The Squid and the Whale and played a lead role in the independent short film Goyta, now showing at the Cannes Film Festival. His commercial credits include Nike, Radio Disney, and Spike TV.
  ARTHUR BROWN* (Eddie) has been a professional NY Actor since the age of 12. Favorite roles include Nicely-Nicely in Guys and Dolls, Don Pedro in Much Ado about Nothing, and Nick in The Time of Your Life. Film credits include Origami Death Match, in which he was a co-star. He has appeared in the films The Devil Wears Prada and Bonfire of the Vanities and on television in One Life to Live, As the World Turns, Rescue Me and Who wants to be a millionaire? Arthur has also worked for many years as a comedian, lyricist and puppeteer.
  RICHARD BRYSON (Manny) Previous roles include Officer Barrel in Urinetown, Captain Walker in Tommy, Macheath in Threepenny Opera and Cliff in Cabaret.
  MICKEY CORPORON (Dave) has appeared as Ricky in Sticks and Stones, Aladdin in Aladdin Lenny in Rumors and Little Harp in The Robber Bridegroom. He is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
  LIZZIE CZERNER (Barbara) wrote two one-woman shows, I Am Not a Pez Dispenser, and Beyond This Point There Be Dragons, which she performed in venues around Manhattan. She was part of Faulty Logic, a sketch comedy troupe whose shows ran for three years at the St. Mark's Theatre. As a member of the Michael Chekhov Theatre Company, she recently performed in Happy Hour. Lizzie and is thrilled to be back at Theatre for the New City, where she previously appeared in The Moon in a River Without Reason. Lizzie studied theatre at Sarah Lawrence College and received a Masters from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Performance Studies program.

JAMES MARTINELLI (Jerry) Acting credits include Tulsa in Gypsy and Jacqoet in Carnival at the Heights Players, Eddie in Funny girl, and Wilber in Charlotte's Web.

  THERESA MARINELLI (Linda) has performed as Louise in Gypsy and Maria in The Sound of Music. With the American Musical Theatre, she played Edith in The Pirates of Penzance and Sally in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown. Theresa was a featured singer in the Diocesan Guild Theatre's production of Annie.

Heather Meagher was last seen as Catherine in the Rockaway Theatre Company's production of Proof. Other recent roles include Anne in A Little Night Music (St. Jean's Players), Raina in Arms and the Man (Foolish Mortals Productions), Kathy/Jeanie in In the Schoolyard (Theater for the New City), Mary Miles Minter in Murder Uncensored (Wings Theatre), Rahab in Walls Came Tumbling Down (Makor Arts Festival), Anne in A Little Night Music, Molly in Jake's Women, and Julie in Pack of Lies (Paper Moon Players), and Dull Gret/Angie in Topgirls (Samuel Beckett Theatre, Dublin). Heather is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and the Atlantic Theatre Company School.

  JACQUELINE SAVAGE (Mrs. Rivera) As a member of the Broadway Musical Fantasy Camp, Jackie has performed in Guys and Dolls (Adelaide) and Fiddler on the Roof (Golde). In the Schoolyard is Jackie's off-off-Broadway debut.
Jimmy Moon (Larry) NY stage: Paul in Mother Me Therapy at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Gov. Hodge in How at the Dramatist's Guild. Other favorite roles: Father in Ragtime, Amos Hart in Chicago, Luther Billis in South Pacific, Uncle Max in The Sound of Music, Paul in Carnival and Jean-Michel in La Cage Aux Folles. Favorite dance roles: Herr Drosselmeyer, Count Silberhaus, Rat King and Chinese Tea in The Nutcracker, Lord Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Nick Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.