FLIGHT

Genre: Other
Written by Robyn Hunt, Directed by Steve Pearson

 

Flight, written by Robyn Hunt, actress and co-founder/first artistic director of the San Diego Public Theatre and conceived and directed by international director/actor Steve Pearson, makes its New York premiere this March 2011.  Flight runs from March 23, 2011 - April 10, 2011 at The Connelly Theater, 220 East 4th Street in New York City.

An intriguing, aerial theatrical work about women fliers before World War I, Flight is a story of perseverance against physical and emotional hardship, courage in the face of great odds, and nurturing the spirit of personal determination.  

The setting:  a Parisian suburb in 1913. Madeleine and Sophie, two young French aviatrixes, struggle to assemble a Bleriot XI monoplane to fly in a long distance competition from Paris to Moscow. Actresses by profession, the women have taken a short break from performing in Chekhov’s The Seagull to visit their friend, mentor and former production manager, Jean Luc, because he has promised them resources that will enable them to fly; resources, it turns out, that they must literally put together.  The two women are also the subjects of a documentary which is being made by a woman filmmaker as they work to prepare the plane.  At a time when society considers flying a masculine endeavor and acting an unfavorable profession for a woman, will they succeed? Flight stars Lee Fitzpatrick as “Madeleine” and Jen Burry as “Sophie”, the two ambitious aviatrixes/actresses, Eric Bultman as Jean Luc, a former production manager and owner of the hangar where the women assemble the monoplane, Robyn Hunt as “Alisse”, a documentary film maker and old friend of Jean Luc, and William Shuler as “Gerard”,  a young actor in the theatre company who has accompanied the women on their weekend adventure.

Flight is the third in a trilogy of full-length productions by Ms. Hunt and Mr. Pearson inspired by Anton Chekhov’s plays that integrate art, history, and science with powerful, physically demanding performance.  Flight now makes its New York debut following initial workshop performances at University of South Carolina’s Center of Performance Experiment in November 2009, and performances this past May 2010 at Columbia, South Carolina’s Longstreet Theatre.

Flight is a presentation of Pacific Performance Project/East and is sponsored by the University of South Carolina.  

 

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Open:   03/23/11
Close:   04/10/11

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Theater:   Connelly Theater
Address:   220 East 4th Street
New York, NY 10009
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Cost:Adults: $25.00; Seniors and Students (with ID): $20.00
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Company: Pacific Performance Project/East         Official Web Site: www.p3east.com
 

Steven Pearson has directed and acted professionally in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. In addition to extensive theatre work, he has performed with Malashock Dance and Company in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, worked with performance artist Eleanor Antin on several  tours, and directed a number of original operas including Trillium by jazz great Anthony Braxton. In 1982 he began 12 years of intensive work with avant-garde stage director Tadashi Suzuki, and later with his contemporary Shogo Ohta, and Kenji Suzuki of Theatre Group TAO in Tokyo. In Japan  he appeared in Nippon Wars, Play One, Clytemnestra, and as Claudius in Hamlet. Steven is a co-founder of Pacific Performance Project/East, and under that umbrella has directed Days and Nights Within, Mizu No Eki (The Water Station), End Of The Rope (LaMama, NY and Sibiu, Romania), Myra’s War, BALANCE, GRAVITYand FLIGHT. He also conceived and wrote Opium, in which he played the role of Thomas, directed by Kenji Suzuki and performed in Seattle, Tokyo and Kanazawa, Japan. He played Robert Hooke in Peter Kyle’s Skippy-O’s Dream, and in 2006 performed in the premiere of Peter Kyle Dance in To What Extent at the Henry Street Settlement in New York. Other professional work includes directing the premiere of Flags by Jane Martin produced by the Mixed Blood Theater and the Guthrie Theater, playing Firs in The Cherry Orchard Sequel at LaMama, and appearing as LJ in Drinking Ink by Nancy Bannon at the 92nd Street Y in New York. Steve was a Professor of Acting in the Department of Theatre at the University of California, San Diego where he became head of the graduate acting program, and subsequently taught acting and directing in the School of Drama at the University of Washington, where he was head of the Professional Actor Training Program for eleven years and was awarded the Peterson Arts Professorship.  Mr. Pearson is a Professor of Theatre and Head of Graduate Acting at the University of South Carolina.  He holds an MFA Directing, and a BFA Acting from Carnegie-Mellon University.

 

A member of Actor’s Equity, Hunt has acted professionally in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Japan. She worked for over a decade with Tadashi Suzuki, performed in Tokyo and Kanazawa in Opium, a joint Pacific Performance Project/Theatre Group Tao production under the direction of Kenji Suzuki, studied and performed in Kyoto under the direction of Shogo Ohta. Between 1994 and 2000, she performed frequently at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville under the direction of Jon Jory. Hunt was co-founder and first artistic director of the San Diego Public Theatre and co-heads the Pacific Performance Project/East now based in Columbia, S.C. She served as Head of  Undergraduate Studies in the School of Drama at the University of Washington for 11 years. In 2001, she received the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award, and in 2005 was keynote speaker at UW's Convocation. Most recent acting roles include Dottie in Noises Off, the title role in Mother Courage (Connecticut Rep, Seattle, and South Carolina), Ranevskaya in both GRAVITY (Connelly Theatre, NYC) and The Cherry Orchard Sequel (LaMama, NYC), Cherish in Rinking Ink (92nd Street Y, NYC), and Nancy Bannon's Pod Project (Dance New Amsterdam, NYC). Hunt appeared as Miss Haversham in To What Extent in the New York debut of Peter Kyle Dance (Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, 2007). She has created several evening-length dance/theatre pieces, including the trilogy Suite for Strangers, which had its Seattle debut in 2004. Other dance/theatre collaborations include: Myra’s War (a year-long project funded by the Simpson Center for the Humanities), Prix Fixe, and Shogo Ohta’s The Water Station (Mizu No Eki). She appears in American Theatre magazine, January 2008, “Shaping the Independent Actor.” Images and descriptions of her work can be viewed at the Pacific Performance Project/East website (P3/east.com) and in Theatre Journal (Oct. 2008).  Ms. Hunt is a Professor of Theatre at the University of South Carolina, and holds a MFA Acting, BA Theatre, University of California, San Diego.
 

 

Theatre: Actors Theatre of Louisville, Williamstown Theatre Festival, B Street Theatre, American Stage, Beef and Boards, Pacific Performance Project/Connelly Theatre, Panndora Productions/Little Fish Theatre, Island Stage, American Shakespeare Center (Blackfriars Playhouse and national tour).  Film: Anniversary, Kate and Leopold. Training: M.F.A. (University of Washington), The Public Theater/NYSF Shakespeare Lab,   United Stuntmen Association’s Stunt School.

 

Jen Burry most recently performed the role of Hero in Much Ado About Nothing (Vermont Shakespeare Company).  Other roles include Hope/Sandrine/Marci/Gayle in Almost Maine (Arundel Barn Playhouse), Sally in Line in the Sand and Belle in A Christmas Carol (Virginia Stage), Rosamund in The Violet Hour, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Gertie in Fuddy Meers, Celia in As You Like It and Olivia in Twelfth Night at The University of South Carolina where she completed her MFA in Acting.  She completed her BS in Mathematics at SUNY Brockport and is a member of Rebel Theater Company's Cabinet. 

 

 

William recently completed his BA in Music and Theatre from the University of South Carolina. For nearly fifteen years, he has studied piano with Jennifer Langford, Dr. Eugene Barban, Dr. Tien-Ni Chen, and Dr. Joseph Rackers. He has studied acting and movement with Robert Richmond, Robyn Hunt, Steve Pearson, and David Britt. Will has worked for Theatre South Carolina, USC Lab Theatre, Town, Workshop, Trustus Theatre, Columbia Children’s Theatre, Roanoke Island Historical Association, and Pacific Performance Project/East. This fall, he served as conductor for the Atlanta premiere of Pageant: The Musical, directed by Bill Russell. Will is also a founding company member of Serenbe Playhouse, which just completed it’s inaugural season just outside Atlanta, GA. Recent acting credits include: Shakespeare’s R&J (Student 1/Romeo), The Jungle Book (Kaa), FLIGHT (Gerard), Cyrano de Bergerac (Poet/Accordion Player), The Lost Colony (Actor/Tech), Simon’s Pirate Adventure (Ginger), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Le Chevalier Danceny), The Snow Queen (Kai/Poo), Little Shop of Horrors (Orin), and Southern Baptist Sissies (Brother Chaffey/Houston). Recent music direction/supervision/conducting credits include: Pageant, john & jen, The Jungle Book, Lorca: Alone in a Dream, The Best Little Whorehouse in TexasOklahoma!, Jesus Christ Superstar, Mother Courage and Her Children, West Side Story, and Jekyll & Hyde.

 

Eric has been a professional actor and director for 30 years. He trained at the National Theatre Institute, received a BA in Drama from Duke University, and an MFA in Theatre from the University of South Carolina. In 2004, he received the South Carolina Arts Commission Individual Artist Fellowship in Performing Arts (Acting). He is company member with The Pacific Performance Project/East and has appeared in two productions with them: GRAVITYand FLIGHT. Eric is an adjunct professor of theatre at the University of South Carolina Sumter and he is the Executive Director of The Sumter Little Theatre.

 

Brian is a freelance director and member of The Rebel Theater Company in NY. Brian has directed Almost, Maine (at the Arundel Barn Playhouse, and Bentley College), Cowboy Mouth, (Michael Checkov Theatre Co., NY) Hablo, Diablo (92nd St Y/ Makor, NY) Mischief Makers and 30 Plays in 60 Minutes (The Contemporary Stage Company, DE) and received his MFA in Directing from the University of South Carolina where he directed The Violet Hour, Romeo and Juliet, Fuddy Meers, and This Is Our Youth. He most recently finished assistant directing Walter   Mosely's The Fall of Heaven at the Cincinnati Playhouse. Brian has been an assistant director  Off-Broadway with Primary Stages and regionally at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and Lewiston Public Theatre. While Brian is originally from Maine, he currently lives in NY with his wonderful partner and their rambunctious cat, Charlie.

 

Lisa is pleased to be collaborating once again with Pacific Performance Project/East, having designed costumes for the production of GRAVITY at the Connelly Theatre in 2007. Lisa is the Head of Costume Design at the University of South Carolina and has designed over 50 productions for USC. Film credits include: Ulee’s Gold and Ruby in Paradise. She has designed costume for American Folklore Theatre, Aquila Theatre Company of London, Asolo State Theatre, Charlotte Reparatory Theatre, and Hippodrome State Theatre. Lisa also works as a wardrobe stylist for television with the award winning production company Mad Monkey in Columbia SC.

 

For the past decade, Jeremy Winchester’s design work for theatre and dance has been seen across the country, from New York to Seattle, and from South Carolina to Michigan. He has worked for companies as diverse as the Spoleto Festival USA,  Boise Contemporary Theatre, and Hartbeat Ensemble. He has collaborated with Pacific Performance Project/East since 2005, when he designed lighting for the NYC premiere of Shogo Ohta’s Mizu No Eki (The Water Station). Recently, Jeremy spent two years as the assistant professor of lighting design at the nationally-renowned University of Evansville.  He has since accepted the position of Artistic Director Designate of mid-Michigan’s only full-time professional theatre company, the national award-winning Flint Youth Theatre.