New York, NY: September 25, 2009, Jeremy Bloom (“Stylish and inventive”-Theatermania; “Appropriately Pure”-New Yorker), and 2009 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab members Will Fulton, Annie G. Levy and Gabriella Willenz, are all scheduled to direct 4 VARIATIONS OF MEE dedicated to OBIE award winning playwright Charles Mee, a benefit on Sunday, October 18th, at 7:30pm, benefiting MTWorks, at Manhattan Children's Theatre (52 White Street, between Broadway and Church Street, 2 blocks south of Canal Street).
A testament to Mee’s (re)making project, these 4 emerging directors will display their strengths and creative aesthetics, as they each sequentially approach a quadrant of Charles Mee’s BIG LOVE, a tale of fleeing brides, forced marriages, and murdered grooms (a modern re-making of one of the western world's oldest plays, The Danaids by Aeschylus).
The performance will feature 36 actors, including MTWorks Company Actors Sarah Chaney, Ryan Clardy, Anthony Crep, Louise Flory, Lara Gold, Barrie Kreinik, Adi Kurtchik, Dianna Martin, Madalyn McKay, Antonio Minino, Maureen O'Boyle, Colleen Piquette, Mark Emerson, David Stallings, Misti Tindiglia and Susan Wallack.
Executive Director Cristina Alicea helms the producing team. The production features lighting design by Sarah E. Ford, sound design by Martha Goode, prop design by Julie Griffith, and choreography by Carolina Almont.
The one night only benefit event stays true to MTWorks’ mission by creating work inspired by playwrights and regions outside of New York, and the establishment of their acting repertory.
4 Variations of Mee
4 Directors. 4 Approaches. Charles Mee’s Big Love.
A One Night Only Benefit Event
Sunday, October 18th, 2009
Manhattan Children's Theatre-52 White Street (between Broadway and Church Street, 2 blocks south of Canal Street)
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by visiting www.MTWorks.org or at the theater’s Box Office, half an hour before Showtime.
All proceeds from ticket sales go directly to Maieutic Theatre Works in their efforts to produce their upcoming spring show.
More info at: www.MTWorks.org.
About the Company: Manhattan Theatre Works
Started producing thought-provoking new plays in the Fall of 2006 with Folie A Deux: Insanity in Pairs written by founder and Artistic Director David Stallings, directed by founder and former Executive Director Cristina Alicea, produced by founder Antonio Minino. What started as a trio of like-minded artists has grown into a family of over 50 talented MTWorkers dedicated to developing new ground-breaking diverse plays from around the world. MTWorks is dedicated to discovering new plays that challenge our perception of diversity (ethnic, economic, geographic, gender, sexuality or creed). We foster today’s innovative playwrights who boldly take risks in theme, structure, time-period and location by collaborating with exceptional theatre artists to develop their plays through our Living Room Series, Newborn Festival and mainstage productions. www.mtworks.org
Cast: Annie G. Levy-Director
October 18th, 2009 at 7:30pm
Theater: Manhattan Children's Theatre
Address: 52 White Street
New York, NY 10013
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(Director) is an award winning director best known for directing original works in New York City, including The Wendy Complex (MITF), adaptations of Boheme, Sleeping Beauty and Leaves of Grass. He has directed works at The Flea, FringeNYC, The Cell, The Tank and on a rooftop. Jeremy has assisted Mary Zimmerman, Jim Simpson, Malbou Mines, Will Patton and Liz Swados. He is a resident artist at The Cell and serves as artistic executive for Evenstar Films.
(Director) is a freelance director based out of Brooklyn. He has worked in varying capacities with Target Margin, Court Theatre, Jay Scheib, M-34, The Heist, and trained extensively with 500 Clown. He is a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. Originally hailing from Boston, he holds a BA in Comparative Literature from the University of Chicago.
(Director) is a director, collaborative performer and educator. Selected New York directing credits include The Stanford Meisner Theatre, HERE Arts Center, 78th Street Theatre Lab, Untitled Theatre Company #61, Vital Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Source and The José Quintero Theatre. Her devised work includes Six Seeds: The Persephone Project at the Old Stone House and The Creation of Comfort and Chance at the Makor Visionaries Festival. International credits include The Assembly Rooms (Edinburgh, Scotland), Discoteca di Storia (Rome, Italy) and Acadia University (Nova Scotia, Canada). Annie is the resident director the Northwoods Ramah Theatre Company. Past credit include The Jewish Wife, by Bertolt Brecht, The Hero of Kabul by Marc Goldsmith and company created The Underwater Palace, The Jewbird, The Knight of Onions and The Knight of Garlic and Garden. Walk. Wonder. Annie is also the former resident director of Storahtelling, where she has directed over 10 traveling shows, including Becoming Israel, which continues to tour nationally. She is the recipient of a Steven Spielberg Fellowship in Theatre Arts Education, an Oregon Shakespeare Festival directing assistantship and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She is currently an adjunct professor of theatre at Pace University and SUNY-WCC and a teaching artist with the Manhattan New Music Project. www.annieglevy.com
(Director) is an Israeli-based director and producer. Recent New York directing credits include Presumptuous by Paul DiPaola at Manhattan Theater Source and On the Beach by Lucile lichtblau as part of the 2008 Estrogenius Festival. Among others she has assisted Israel Horovitz, Daniella Topol and Kirsten Kelly. She is currently producing Meg’s New Friend by Blair Singer for The Production Company. She is a member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.