BASS FOR PICASSO

Genre: Comedy
Written by Kate Moira Ryan, Directed by Ike Schambelan

In BASS FOR PICASSO, amputee and food writer for the New York Times Francesca Danieli throws a dinner party for her friends recreating recipes (including the titular entrée) from the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook. The guest list includes Pilar, her multilingual art detective lover, who has spent time in Guantanamo for visa problems; Bricka Matson, a lesbian widow with a small child and Republican in-laws who are trying to gain custody; Joe, an OB/GYN whose lover is a geographically challenged crystal meth addict; and Kev, a playwright who has recently fallen off the wagon and written a soon-to-open
Off-Broadway play about all of them. It's an insanely funny, irreverent look at gay and lesbian life in the new millennium.

BASS FOR PICASSO stars Anita Hollander, an actress who lost her leg to cancer and is best known for her one-woman show, STILL STANDING, which has been performed at the White House, Off-Broadway, and throughout the United States. Ms. Hollander serves as East Coast National Chair of the AFTRA Performers with Disabilities committee. Her credits include Public Theater's revival of WOYZECK, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis, the world premiere of John Belluso's GRETTY GOOD TIME at Kennedy Center (Helen Hayes Award nomination), and TBTB's production of John Belluso's A NERVOUS SMILE, directed by Mr. Schambelan, performed at last year's International Festival of the Blind and Visually Impaired in Zagreb, Croatia.

Joining Ms. Hollander in the cast are Mary Archbold (Outstanding Actor, FringeNYC Excellence Award-winner for JAZZ HAND: TALES OF A ONE ARMED WOMAN); Felice Neals (Hourglass Group's FLIRTING WITH THE EDGE), Terry Small (TBTB's THE MIDDLE AGES), and Nicholas Viselli (TBTB's revival of A.R. Gurney's THE COCKTAIL HOUR).

Playwright Kate Moira Ryan -- author of 25 QUESTIONS FOR A JEWISH MOTHER, THE BEEBO BRINKER CHRONICLES, OTMA, CAVEDWELLER, and most recently MOMMY QUEEREST (IT'S JEWDY'S SHOW!) -- has crafted a funny, deeply touching look inside the life of five driven New Yorkers, including a woman whose disability is a part of her life, but does not
define it. That's the way it works for so many of the 54,000,000 Americans, nearly 20% of all U.S. citizens, who deal with a
disability.


About the Company: Theater Breaking Through Barriers

Theater Breaking Through Barriers, formerly Theater by the Blind, is a critically acclaimed company integrating able-bodied actors with artists with disabilities. Founded in 1979, by Artistic Director Ike Schambelan, the company's mission is to change the image of people with disabilities from one of dependence to independence, to fight stereotypes and misperceptions associated with disability, and to show how vibrant, fluid and exuberant the work of artists with disabilities can be.

Preview:   03/17/10
Open:   05/02/10
Close:   05/23/10

Schedule:
Wed & Thurs at 7PM
Fridays at 8PM
Saturdays at 3PM and 8PM
Sundays at 3pm
Theater:   Kirk Theater (Theater Row)
Address:   410 W 42nd St
New York, NY
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Cost:$41.25
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Company: Theater Breaking Through Barriers         Official Web Site: www.tbtb.org