Artistic Director Rich Ferraioli of Variations Theatre Group decided to stage the gut wrenching 90 minute play Fool for Love after realizing that Off-Off-Broadway Theatre “needed a bit of an awakening”. The Sam Shepard classic, with its argumentative, ping pong style of dialogue and sexual tension so thick it makes you squirm, is the perfect choice for a cast and crew of talented, independent artists who are ready to prove they measure above typical Off-Off-Broadway standards. “This play is to be performed relentlessly without a break”, Shepard wrote. With a tight knit cast and dedicated crew, that is exactly what audience members will get.
Fool For Lovetells the story of May and Eddie, two not so star-crossed lovers. May is hiding out at an old motel in the Mojave Desert where she is found by old flame and childhood friend Eddie. He threatens to metaphorically and at times, literally, drag her back into the life she has fled. With searing truth and dark humor, Fool for Love shows the story of two people who just can't live without each other, whether they like it or not.
When asked about his vision for not only the play, but for the company as a whole, Ferraioli responds with “We have based this company on the idea of minimalist theatre. It is the text that drives the play and the acting that fuels it. It isn't a budget thing; it is simply that we believe spectacle gets in the way of the true nature of the beast. Now, that is not to say that we don't have a set but we take what is actually 100% needed and we twist it a little to fit our concept”, an appropriate approach for a physically demanding show.
About the Company: Variations Theatre Group
Variations Theatre Group, a nonprofit organization, is formed by a group of young stage professionals (all in their twenties) with the following goals and objectives:
1. To stage at least one play each season with a theme that is of interest and concern to the public (e.g. autism, post traumatic stress in veterans) and donate the profits from its production to appropriate charitable foundations.
2. To show plays of short duration at schools, hospitals, nursing homes and such other places, free of cost when the institution cannot afford it.
3. To produce American theatrical classics, giving opportunities to young actors and directors.
4. To stage theatrical works by relatively unknown contemporary American playwrights.
5. To hire and train a new generation of actors, playwrights and directors to familiarize themselves with the seminal works of modern theatre.
6. To recruit and train interns, giving preference to minority and disadvantaged applicants, by giving them stipends and hands-on work experience.
7. To have special theater festivals (or benefit events) to reflect our nation’s multicultural milieu, and to provide contemporary American playwrights the ability to showcase original work spanning gender and cultural diversity.
Variations Theatre Group believes that contributing to the community is paramount and will focus on active and dynamic participation in this area, with a separate group headed by a director to perform outreach functions. Furthermore, all the assets belonging to Variations Theatre Group will, upon its dissolution, be liquidated and the entire proceeds will be donated to the state, federal government or organized charities.
Performances will take place at 8pm on February 23rd – 27th and March 1st – 5th. There will be two (2) matinee performances at 2pm on February 26th & March 5th.
Theater: Access Theater
Address: 380 Broadway, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10013
Cost:General Admission tickets are $18.00; Student/Senior Discount tickets are $15.00. Theatre professionals with a resume/he
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Kirk Gostkowski Eddie
Kirk Gostkowski (Eddie): NY Theatre: The Shape of Things as Adam (VTG), Oregon as Michael (VTG), Daily Sounds as Shawn (NYC Fringe Festival), True West as Austin (SCC); as , as Hamlet, The Spanish Tragedy as Hieronimo, Beautiful Noises (The Queens Players), Labors of Love (Boomerang Theatre Co.). Other past credits include Jerry in and Brutus in . Kirk wrote, directed, and starred in the award-winning feature length film Leave Me Behind which is being distributed by Film & Television. He will also be starring in the upcoming film The Ridley Project. Kirk holds a BFA in performance from Hofstra University. For more information: www.kirkgostkowski.com
Christina Perry May
Christina is a graduate from the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts:School for Film and Television. A former Arizona resident, she is thrilled to be playing a role taking place in her old back yard. She is honored to playa role such as May, in Fool for Love." Christina played Sara, in the world premiere of "Oregon," and Emilia in " ," Christina is on the steering committee for the non-profit Project Girl Collective, where she preformed at the Estrogenous and Fringe Festival, helping to bring awareness to current issues young women face internationally and ways to cope. She has also preformed at the UN for the Conference for Children's rights and is currently helping to bring awareness to the Women of the Congo with the .'s "
Collin Meath Martin
Collin Meath is thrilled and thankful to be working with Variations Theatre Group on Fool For Love. Most recently, Collin appeared in CRASH Theatre's production of Romeo and Juliet here in . Prior to moving to this past fall, Collin earned his BFA from Boston University's School of Theatre and trained in classical theatre at and Dramatic Arts. Favorite credits include include A Question of Mercy with Boston Center for American Performance, The Wild Place with Underground Railway Theatre and an array of new and devised works created with his closest friends over the past few years. Thanks and love to friends and family.
Charlie Moss The Old Man
Charlie Moss started acting at twelve years old playing the neighborhood meanie, “Harry” in the academy award nominated film Little Fugitive. He worked on live Television dramas in New York in the fifties, usually playing a juvenile delinquent. After college he entered the advertising business and stayed there successfully until retirement when he came back to acting full time. Off Broadway and off-off Broadway: Constellations (Carl Sagan),The Seagull (Sorin), True West (Saul Kimmer) Art People (Multiple characters) Sweet Love Adieu (Friar) Autumn Quartet (Ted) as well as several readings of original plays for New York Theater Workshop, The New Group Theater Company and The Actor’s Studio. TV: Law & Order (“Miracle” Manny), Parco P.I. (Evan Levine). Recent film work includes The Pack (James Silvati) and just completed Ceremony (Spicer). Charlie is happy to be participating with this talented cast in Fool For Love. Andkisses to Susan!