MADDY: A MODERN DAY MEDEA & THE SWAN SONG

Genre: Classical, Drama
Maddy written and directed by Will Le Vasseur. The Swan Song written by Anton Chekhov and directed by Will Le Vasseur

MADDY is set in the heartland of America at The Corinthian, a trailer park. Against the backdrop of the original Greek tragedy, this production adds a Fringe/X-Files/Supernatural element into the mix. Maddy finds herself seven years into a relationship: Two children, jobless, broke, living in a trailer park, her lover about to marry the landlord’s daughter, and an impending eviction. Faced with mounting adversity, Maddy must decide whether her humanity is worth fighting for or returning to her former existence. Immediately after, THE SWAN SONG brings back ghosts of our theatrical past. An old actor awakes from a drunken stupor to find an empty stage, a candle, and former glories of his career.
 

Preview:   08/06/09
Open:   08/07/09
Close:   08/29/09

Schedule:
Thursday through Saturday at 8pm, matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm.
Theater:   Nicu's Spoon Theatre
Address:   38 West 38th st. 5t floor
New York, NY 10018
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Cost:$12-$15
Buy Tickets Online or Call: SmartTix at 212-868-4444
Presented by: Redd Tale Theatre Company         Official Web Site: www.reddtale.org
Lynn Kenny Maddy

Gabriel marks Lynn's second NY directing credit.  A loyal ensemble member, Lynn has played several roles onstage with Redd Tale: Princess Leonide in RTTC's stunning adaptation of Triumph of Love, the original role of Maddy in Maddy: A Modern-Day Medea and she was pleased to make her NY directing debut with RTTC's production of Anton Chekhov's Swan Song.  Other NY roles include Ballerina/Psychiatrist in the original Flux Theatre production of Pretty Theft and The Countess Cortez at Ripley’s Believe It Or Not on 42nd Street.  Notable Film credits consist of an extra in Richard Kelly's The Box, Stella Morton in the INSP/Regent Pictures lifetime movie Life's Other Side, and Penny in the Independent film Judges.  Lynn holds an MFA in Acting and has several years of comedy improv and SAFD fight training. Among her favorite words remain “fun,” “chocolate” and “free one-hundred dollar bills."

Blaine Pennington Billy-Jay

Blaine Pennington is excited to perform as Dromio of Ephesus in his second Phare Play production. Blaine's current projects include the independent shorts Pushed, a fast paced thriller that sends him rushing through New York City fighting bad guys in hopes of saving the woman he loves, and No Exit: The Lost Triangle, an adaptation of Jean-Paul Sartre's existential play set in modern day Iraq. Both films will make their way through the independent film circuit this summer. Keep up with Blaine's ongoing projects by joining his facebook fanpage at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Blaine-Pennington/83024920076?ref=ts

hails from just outside of Atlantic City in sunny South Jersey. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Heather was most recently crowned Miss Fag Hag in the first Annual Miss Fag Hag Pageant. www.HeatherShields.net

James Stewart (Co-Artistic Director) relocated to NYC from New Zealand, where he was a founding member in two award winning theatre companies, Scrambled Legs and The Bacchanals. NZ highlights include a trilogy of The Jew of Malta/Titus Andronicus/Volpone, the NZ premiere of Sarah Cane's Crave, the world premieres of Jean Betts' The Collective and Paul Rothwell's Hate Crimes, and tours of Twelfth Night, Romeo & Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Film credits include The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, King Kong, principal roles in NZ independent feature films Event 16 & The Last Great Snail Chase, and the lead in the award winning short film Rob. Playing Jody in Lonely Planet with Redd Tale marked his stage debut in NYC and the United States, and since then he has also been in the company's productions of Maddy: A Modern Day Medea & Triumph of Love. He was last seen playing the title role in Redd Tale's Macbeth.

Ben Strothmann Cleetus and Nikita Ivanitch in The Swan Song

Also a well known headshot/theatrical photographer, Ben was born in Wisconsin to the famous Suzy of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes (suzys.com). Ben speaks Icelandic and dabbles in cello, puppetry, and aromatherapy. Recent credits: Bart Sponge (The Closet), Jonus (Bitterella), Prexy/Gent (Cradle Will Rock), Dr. Geppetto (Pinokenstein), Derk/Jewish Man (Dutch Courage). Love & gratitude to Will & James! More will be revealed... www.benstrothmann.com

Will Le Vasseur Vasili Svietlovidoff in The Swan Song

Will Le Vasseur (Artistic Director) received his BFA in Theatre from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle. While there he performed with The Seattle Opera, Theater Schmeater, and Woodinville Repertory Theatre as well as started and became Artistic Director of Redd Tale Theatre Company. After moving to New York, he worked with Creative Mechanics in Edward II, and slung a sword with Stolen Chair Theatre Company in The Accidental Patriot. As Artistic Director, Will directed Closer, played Carl in Lonely Planet, wrote and directed the critically acclaimed Maddy: A Modern Day Medea, last appeared in The Swan Song, directed Macbeth and directed/wrote a new adaptation of Triumph of Love by Marivaux.

Broadway: August:Osage County. New York/Regional: Sonnets For An Old Century (HERE Arts Center), Boleros for the Disenchanted (Florida Studio Theatre), August: Osage County (Human Race), Much Ado About Nothing (Manhattan Rep), The Accidental Patriot (Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center), Midsummer Night’s Dream & La Ronde (Circle in the Square), The Buddha Prince (Minneapolis, MN & NYC), Sherlock Holmes (River Rep, CT), Blue Jacket (First Frontier, OH). Training: East 15/University of Essex, London, England; and Circle in the Square Professional Program, New York. www.rainbowdickerson.net