"Stops Along the Road" consists of three separate acts, in which a second, smaller stage is mounted upon the existing stage. The second stage will enable the audience to envision characters interacting backstage and onstage during a performance. Each act takes place in a unique situation and tells a story based on political themes from America's recent past such as equality of women's rights, the current economic crisis, and the need for hope and leadership. The performance will feature new music by composer and pianist Arthur Abrams. In one act, it has children destroying their own play about reproductive rights and world peace. In a second, it playfully casts President Obama as Moses. In another, it casts a group of actors as iconic Manhattan superstructures, including one as "the ghost of the World Trade Center."
"A Close Call," the first act of "Stops Along the Road," recreates an annual Spring school pageant in which students from each class act as characters such as eggs and children of the world in several different scientific and historical themes. The performance gradually turns into pandemonium as children acting as mummies pull those posing as zygotes and students assigned to the starvation theme fight with those in the peace theme. This chaos symbolizes America's recent past under President George W. Bush, when our nation almost went over the edge.
The second act, "The Desert," is symbolic of a new stage in our history, the Obama era, and highlights issues at the forefront of our current political agenda. In this act, President Obama goes up a mountain as Moses did in the Hebrew Bible and chisels the Ten Commandments onto tablets while speaking to God on issues such as health care and the mortgage crisis, later to return with the tablets broken into pieces because of greed prevalent on Wall Street.
The final act, "The Rehearsal," reflects a cry from the heart of New Yorkers seeking what to do in today's times. The cast of a theatrical rehearsal deals with an arguing crew, as one member finally reflects on the strength of a relative who survived the Armenian holocaust and endured through the 20th century here in America. Cast members eventually give up on the rehearsal, complaining of the current economic crisis and calling life "a mixed bag."
Each act in the play ends on a hopeful note. In "The Rehearsal," Corwin's advice to the cast as playwright is "Be hopeful even if you're confused." At the end of a warfare scene presented in "The Desert," a cop appears, stating "There's only one way to go," implying that those listening must tackle the matters at hand rather than trying to escape to other locales, thereby evading the challenges we face at home.
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.
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