LOOKING FOR THE PONY

Genre: Drama
Written by Andrea Lepcio
Directed by Stephan Golux

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the rolling world premiere of LOOKING FOR THE PONY by ANDREA LEPCIO, directed by STEPHAN GOLUX and featuring J. SMITH-CAMERON, DEIRDRE O'CONNELL, LORI FUNK and DEBARGO SANYAL.

In LOOKING FOR THE PONY, a 2008 National Endowment for the Arts OUTSTANDING NEW AMERICAN PLAY finalist, Eloisa is finally ready to leave a lifeless career in finance to pursue a childhood dream when her sister Lauren is diagnosed with breast cancer. Lauren's perfect life and Eloisa's second chance collide as the sisters join forces to cure all that ails them. As funny as it is heart-breaking, LOOKING FOR THE PONY is a rollercoaster ride through treatment, ambition, loss and acceptance. This play was originally developed and produced by Vital Theatre Company as part of its VITAL SIGNS New Works Festival in 2002.

 

"…the play condenses five years of personal history into about twenty minutes of raw, emotional theatre… I don't know of a more affecting (and effective) testament to the precious human spirit than this gorgeous, compact drama." - nytheatre.com review of the original short play

After its New York run, LOOKING FOR THE PONY will also be presented at SYNCHRONICITY PERFORMANCE GROUP in Atlanta in February.

 

Andrea Lepcio's plays include ONE NATION UNDER, ECLIPSE, HOOK & EYE and the musical THE BRONX CASKET CO, which have been produced and developed at Chashama, HERE, Women's Project, Hangar Theatre, Trustus Theatre, among others. She is a member of the New Perspective Women's Work Lab and the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Librettist Workshop, and an alumnus of the Lark Playwrights' Workshop and Women's Project Lab. Her screenplay, "A September Spring," won the Sloan Foundation Dramatic Writing Award. A two-time finalist for the Heideman Award, her work has been published by New York Theatre Experience, Estrogenius, lichen and Smith & Kraus. Andrea is the Dramatists Guild Fellows Program Director and is a visiting faculty member in the Graduate Dramatic Writing Program at Carnegie Mellon. Education: M.F.A. in Dramatic Writing, Carne! gie Mellon University. M.B.A., UC Berkeley. B.A. Human Ecology, College of the Atlantic.

Director Stephan Golux recently helmed productions of SYLVIA, THE COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA (abridged), COPENHAGEN, JACQUES BREL IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN PARIS, TRUE WEST and WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOLF for Vermont Stage Company. He directed the world premieres of AMERICAN PASSENGER by Theron Albis, UNDERWORLD by Josh Ben Friedman, CRAWLING FROM THE WRECKAGE by Paul Rogalus, and NINTH STREET WATER by Michael Griffo. For The Rude Mechanicals he directed CAN CAN by Romulus Linney, and ENDGAME by Samuel Beckett. At the New Theatre in Boston, he directed SELF-TORTURE AND STRENUOUS EXERCISE by Harry Kondolean and THE POLICE by Slawomir Mrozek. Education: M.F.A. in Stage Direction, Yale School of Drama. B.S. in Philosophy of Language, Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The design team includes sets by Adam Koch, lighting by Aaron Copp and costumes by Matthew Hemesath. Bernita Robinson is the Stage Manager.


About the Company: Vital Theatre Company

VITAL THEATRE COMPANY is a community of artists who believe that a shared theatrical experience profoundly affects people's lives. The company creates stories that challenge its audience to ask questions, make discoveries and engage in dialogue. Programming includes Vital Main Stage, which produces work for adults on the main stage, and Vital Signs New Works Festival, a series of one-act plays. Vital Children's Theatre commissions, develops and produces new musicals performed by adults for families. To date the company has seen 28 plays and musicals go on to publication. Vital Theatre Company's Arts in Education Programs have reached over 60 schools and 15,000 students through live performances, post-show workshops and long-term residencies with schools in! cluding Fordham School for the Arts, New Explorers High School in the Bronx and Brooklyn Theatre Arts High School.

Open:   01/21/09
Close:   02/08/09

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Previews:
Wednesday, January 21st + Thursday, January 22nd at 7pm

Performances:
Friday, January 23rd at 7pm
Saturday, January 24th at 4pm + 8pm
Sunday, January 25th at 4pm
Monday, January 26th at 7pm
Wednesday, January 28th at 2pm + 7pm

Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays + Saturdays at 8pm, and Saturdays + Sundays at 4pm through February 8th.

Theater:   McGinn Cazale Theatre
Address:   2162 Broadway
New York, NY 10024
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Cost:$45.00 | $30 students & seniors
Preview Tickets:
$35.00 | $20 students & seniors
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Vital Theatre at (212) 579-0528
Presented by: Vital Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.vitaltheatre.org
 

DEIRDRE O'CONNELL has previously appeared in THE POOR ITCH (The Public Theater), RAG AND BONE (Rattlestick Theatre), A NERVOUS SMILE by John Belluso (Williamstown Theatre Festival) John Belluso's PYRETOWN (Keen Company), MANIC FLIGHT REACTION, SPATTER PATTERN (Playwrights Horizons); CAVE DWELLER (NYTW); ANTIGONE (Dance Theater Workshop); TWO HEADED (Women's Project); IN THE BLOOD (The Public Theater); MUD AND DROWNING (Signature Theatre), 'TIS PITY SHE'S A WHORE (The Public); APPROXIMATING MOTHER (Women's Project); LOVE AND ANGER (Drama Desk nom., NYTW); THE GEOGRAPHY OF LUCK, THREE WAYS HOME, STARS IN THE MORNING (Dramalogue Award, Los Angeles Critics Awards), ETTA JENKS (Dramalogue Award, LA Theatre Center); THE FRONT PAGE (Lincoln Center); A LIE OF THE MIND (Promenade Theatre). Films include "What Happens in Vegas," "Train Wreck: My Life As An Idiot," "Stephanie Daley," "Imaginary Heroes," "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Secondhand Lions," "Fearless," "Pastime" (Nominated for Independent Spirit Award-Best Supporting Actress). OBIE Award for Sustained Excellence of Performance.

 

J. SMITH-CAMERON last appeared at Second Stage Theatre in GOOD BOYS AND TRUE. Other Off-Broadway credits include SARAH, SARAH by Daniel Goldfarb (Drama Desk nomination Best Actress), FUDDY MEERS by David Lindsay Abaire (Outer Critics Award nomination Best Actress), THE GOD OF HELL by Sam Shepherd, MUSIC FROM A SPARKLING PLANET and BEES IN HONEY DROWN by Dougas Carter Beane (Obie Award, Outer Critics Award and Drama Desk nominations), and Paul Rudnick's THE NAKED EYE (Drama Desk nomination). Broadway credits include CRIMES OF THE HEART, WILD HONEY, LEND ME A TENOR, THE PLAY'S THE THING, THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND, NIGHT MUST FALL and OUR COUNTRY'S GOOD (Tony nomination), TARTUFFE, AFTER THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC (Elaine May). J's most recent appearance was in the ! great Charles Busch's TIMES SQUARE ANGEL annual Christmas reading. Movies include the upcoming "Margaret" by Kenneth Lonergan, "In and Out," "Mighty Aphrodite," "Gal Young 'Un," and "You Can Count on Me." She has appeared often on "Law and Order" and "Law and Order: Criminal Intent," among others.