ALBUM

Genre: Comedy, Drama
David Rimmer

Meet Playwright, David Rimmer - Friday, May 1st after the opening night performance.

Directed by Justin Boccitto;  Assistant Director - Cristina Marie

Divided into eight scenes, the play chronicles the coming of age of two teenaged couples during the turbulent sixties. The language is frank, but unfailingly funny, as the four struggle with impending adulthood and their awakening sexuality. The action ranges from summer camp, to dormitory bedrooms, to senior prom, with the popular music of the period—Bob Dylan, The Beatles, The Beach Boys—ever present as a telling counterpoint to, and emotional anchor for, the lives of its young foursome. As the years spin deftly by it is also apparent that maturity will bring differing perils and problems for each of them, although all will continue to recall the special excitement—and poignancy—of these last few carefree years together.

A major critical and popular success, Pulitzer Prize finalist, and a long-running Off-Broadway hit, David Rimmer’s ALBUM played for a year at the Cherry Lane Theater and has been produced at regional and community theaters, colleges and secondary schools, ever since. It was published by Dramatists Play Service, and reprinted in many scene and monologue collections. It was originally developed in a series of workshop productions at some of New York’s most prominent theaters, including Playwrights Horizons, the WPA Theater, Phoenix Theater, Theater at St. Clement’s and HB Studios.


About the Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC

The Group Theatre Too was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director, Michael Blevins and Executive Producer, Justin Boccitto. Some of GTT's past productions have included: the New York revival of Seesaw, Count To Ten, an official selection of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival and winner of the 2008 National Youth Theatre Award for Best New Musical, Stephen Belber's Tape, Quick Curtains, Jack Heifner's Vanities, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Love Letters, Provincetown 2012, The Boyfriend, The Subject Was Roses, David Rimmer’s Album and the annual Choreographer’s Canvas. GTT also produced MAC Award Winner, Alisa Schiff, in Mama Said...The Songs of Cass Elliott.

Generation Tap, GTT’s tap company, has appeared at Tap City, Tap Extravaganza, The United Nations, Circle in the Square and was featured in Dancer Magazine. Seen by over 5,000 school students, GTT’s social awareness play, Aftermath is now available for performance through Heuer Publishing. GTT also runs after-school arts programming and retains a fiscal sponsorship through The Field, a 501 (c)(3) organization in Manhattan. GTT's Artistic Advisory Board includes Mercedes Ellington, Nicole Fosse, Mallory Graham, Maurice Hines, John Kander, Bernard Kaplan, Theodore Mann*, Bettye Morrow, David Rimmer, Chita Rivera and Sue Samuels. The company is represented by entertainment lawyer, Donald Farber.

The Group Theatre Too hopes to encourage diversity and the exploration of the human experience through theatre-dance-music performances and arts education programs that will require youths and adults to be active participants and advocates for others; aware of their surroundings and their ability to mediate and effect change. Through the celebration of artists and the art of entertainment, GTT hopes to communicate the fact that as many ways as we humans are different we share common bonds and can connect with everyone on some level bringing new understanding and compassion to our lives.

*deceased

Open:   05/01/09
Close:   05/03/09

Schedule:
Friday, May 1st - 8pm
Saturday, May 2nd - 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, May 3rd - 2pm
Theater:   Hudson Guild Theatre
Address:   441 W, 26th Street
New York, NY
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Cost:$25 Opening Night; $15 Additional Nights
Buy Tickets Online or Call: TheaterMania at 212-352-3101
Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC         Official Web Site: www.grouptheatretoo.org

Ryan Gregorio is a Group Theatre Too company member and has extensive musical theatre experience with Off-Broadway credits including: Julio in "Seesaw" (Group Theatre Too) and Orsino in "Twelfth Night" (Provincetown Playhouse). He also performed as Timmy in the Equity production of "The Subject Was Roses" in East Tennessee. Other credits include: Tony in "West Side Story", Jack in "Into The Woods", Arthur in "Camelot", John Adams in "1776", and Rum Tum Tugger in "Cats", Francis in Gemini" and Angelo in "Measure for Measure". Ryan is a graduate of the noted Centenary Young Performer’s Workshop under the tutelage of Michael Blevins and also trained with NYU’s Shakespeare Youth Ensemble. Ryan performed in GTT’s Choreographer’s Canvas, as part of Generation Tap and plays a principal role in GTT's "Respect-Your-Body" play "Aftermath" currently touring high schools in the Tri-State area. Ryan resides in New York City and serves as principal instructor for GTT’s One-Act Playhouse Jr. educational program in residence at P.S. 75 on Manhattan’s upper west side. Visit www.ryangregorio.com for more information.

Eddy Franciso is a 20 year old from New Jersey. He has done numerous productions at the Centenary College Little Theatre including George M! as George M. Cohan, Tom Sawyer as Tom Sawyer, Gabey in On the Town and many more. Eddy also performed in the 2004 Tap City and the 2007 Tap Extravaganza with Generation Tap. He was seen last summer at the New York Fringe Festival performing in The Seven Little Foys and recently appeared in the upcoming film "Bushwick League". You can catch Eddy tapping in his band The Hot Sardines.

Dylan Paige Trish

Dylan Paige is 19 years old and currently attends Pace University in lower Manhattan. Dylan has performed in numerous theater productions under the direction of Michael Blevins with roles including: 'Anita' in West Side Story, 'Rose Alvarez' in Bye Bye Birdie, 'Louisa' in The Fantasticks, 'Nancy' in Oliver and 'Sally Bowles' in Cabaret. Dylan toured in GTT's play Aftermath and also performed in the off-Broadway production of Count to Ten, playing the role of 'Inez'. She recently appeared in the independent film "Bushwick League" directed by Justin Boccitto and produced by ALD Productions.

Lexie Speirs Peggy

Lexie Speirs is 19 years old and currently in her second year of college. She attends Manhattan's Pace University where she is double majoring in communication studies and acting. Lexie was a member of Centenary College's Young Performer's Workshop in New Jersey where she recieved training in dance, voice, and acting for over 4 years. Past credits include 'Guinevere' in Camelot, 'Dainty June' in Gypsy, and 'Claire' in On the Town. New york credits include 'Lindsay' in Aftermath and 'Traci' in Group Theatre Too's hit musical Count To Ten. Lexie also traveled to Tennessee where GTT performed Count To Ten during a two week run in Johnson City.