Genre: Drama
Barbara Kahn

Theater for the New City, Crystal Field, Executive Artistic Director, proudly announces the world premiere of The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams, a historical drama written and directed by Barbara Kahn. Featuring Michelle Cohen, Jon Dalin, Jimmy Heyworth, Micha Lazare, Martha Lee, Marisa Petsakos, Anna Podolak and  Steph Van Vlack. Set design by Mark Marcante. Lighting design by Alexander Bartenieff. Costume design by Deanna R Frieman. April 15 - May 2, 2010. Thurs - Sat at 8 P.M., Sun at 3 P.M.  Tickets are $12. 212-254-1109. 155 1st Ave@ 10th St. Subway: L to 1st Ave, 6 to Astor Place.

The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams recounts the true story of an extraordinary woman who was a victim of homophobia and anti-immigrant hysteria that ultimately led to her death. In 1926 Eve Adams, a Jewish lesbian from Poland, was proprietor of “Eve’s Hangout”, a tearoom at 129 Macdougal Street, where local poets, musicians and actors congregated and shared their work in salon evenings. Eve’s haven of artistic and sexual freedom was soon threatened by religious and governmental authorities, leading to her arrest, imprisonment and deportation. The conflict between progressive and reactionary forces provides the drama in the play as the characters attempt to live and love free from discrimination. The play conveys not only a long forgotten moment in New York history but sheds light on current threats by holding a mirror to the past.

Barbara Kahn’s plays have been produced in the U.S. and Europe. She has directed in New York, Paris, and at the National Theatre in London. Theater for the New City has been the primary home for Barbara’s plays since 1994. She received the 1995 TORCH OF HOPE AWARD for lifetime achievement in non-profit theatre, previously awarded to Terrence McNally, John Guare, August Wilson, Horton Foote and A.R. Gurney. With Jackie Freeman, she co-authored the lyrics to “Actions are the Music of the Free,” music by Jennifer Giering, inspired by Bella Abzug and performed at the United Nations Tribute to Dame Nita Barrow. A “short list of prominent post-1970’s playwrights who identify as Jewish and who have written about Jews includes Jon Robin Baitz, Richard Greenburg, Alan Havis, Barbara Kahn, Tony Kushner, Barbara Lebow, Jennifer Maisel, Karen Malpede, David Mamet, Emily Mann, Donald Margulies, Elizabeth Swados, Jeffrey Sweet, Alfred Uhry, and Wendy Wasserstein.” (You Should See Yourself: Jewish Identity in Postmodern American Culture. Vincent Brook. Rutgers Univ. Press.)

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.

Open:   04/15/10
Close:   05/02/10

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