Genre: Lesbian+Gay
michael walker


FESTIVAL THEATRE COMPANY is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Michael
Walker’s DANCING IN THE GARDEN, directed by Bruce Ward as part of the 15th annual New York
International Fringe Festival – FringeNYC, August 12th-28th. The production will take place at The
Living Theatre, 21 Clinton St. (Between Houston and Stanton).
Maria is having a crisis of faith. As a child, her life was a beautiful garden – and her garden had loving
Italian-American parents, a doting family priest, the security of an embracing church and a rigid-
but-comfortable Catholic upbringing. It isn’t until she is a sophomore at St. Patrick’s High and she
kisses Susan Blakeman behind the curtains in the music room, that her life begins to unravel. As she
discovers the impossibility of reconciling her sexuality with her religion, she learns her garden has
strict rules and the exhilaration of dancing is not allowed. Even knowing she is incapable of changing
who she is, she refuses to abandon her faith and she is paralyzed. Maria guides the audience back
through her journey as a lesbian Catholic in hopes that if they share a similar pain, they may also
discover a path as she has, to tremendous joy.
Becky J. Doster is the Stage Manager.
Tickets are $15-$18 and will be available at www.FringeNYC.org or by calling 866-468-7619. Tickets
may also be purchased in-person at Fringe Central or at the theatre 30 minutes prior to show time.
Performance Schedule
Friday, August 12, 9pm
Sunday, August 14, 2pm
Wednesday, August 17, 5:45pm
Sunday, August 21, 7pm
Thursday, August 25, 4:30pm
The Living Theatre – Fringe Venue #6
21 Clinton St.
Between Houston and Stanton
Running Time: 120 minutes
Website: www.walkerplays.com and fringeNYC.org

About the Company: The Living Theatre

The Living Theatre (19 Clinton St.), the oldest experimental theatre group still exisiting in the country, will celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of THE CONNECTION by playwright Jack Gelber with a new production directed by Judith Malina. The Living Theatre will present the 50th anniversary revival of THE CONNECTION in collaboration with New York City jazz musician Rene McLean, who will conduct a New York jazz ensemble. The Production will begin performances on December 30, 2008 and will continue until Feburary 13, 2009. Judith Malina directs.

The groundbreaking production of The Connection (1959) attracted national attention for its shocking portrayal of drug addiction and its equally unexpected language. It was an enormous success for its improvisational style of acting and its exciting use of live jazz musicians including Jackie McLean, Freddie Redd (who composed the original score), Cecil Payne, Kenny Drew, Tina Brooks and Cecil Taylor. Martin Sheen, a Living Theatre supporter and board member, launched his career with his work in the play. The show won several Obies and ran for more than 700 performances. Its raw immediacy and demolition of the normal boundaries between audience and cast influenced generations of theatre productions and it is our desire to reintroduce this seminal work to a new generation of actors and jazz musicians and of course our audience.

Open:   08/12/11
Close:   08/25/11

Friday, August 12, 9pm
Sunday, August 14, 2pm
Wednesday, August 17, 5:45pm
Sunday, August 21, 7pm
Thursday, August 25, 4:30pm
Theater:   Living Theatre
Address:   21 Clinton Street
New York,
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Company: The Living Theatre         Official Web Site: www.livingtheatre.org/