A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED

Genre: Drama
Ashlin Halfnight, directed by May Adrales

THE ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (APAC)is pleased to announce the world premiere production of Ashlin Halfnight’s (Balaton, Artifcats of Consequence) A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, directed by May Adrales (Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, Humana Festival). A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED will play a limited engagement at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (30-44 Crescent St, Astoria, NY 11102. Entrance on 30th Road.) Performances begin Thursday, November 3 and continue through Saturday, November 19. Opening Night is Saturday, November 5 (8 p.m.). Press are invited to ALL performances.

Donnie Cole is a Floridian with the ideal existence: he’s a charter pilot who loves to fly planes – he has the perfect family, owns his home, and basks in the respect of his community.  But when he misjudges a situation at work, an unexpected burst of media attention turns an uneasy community against him. A play about one man's mistake, and how it changed the nation, A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED asks how we heal, how we forgive, and how far we've come.

A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED began as a project generated during director Kareem Fahmy's Van Lier Fellowship at Second Stage. Subsequent staged readings were held at MCC PlayLabs and NYTE's One NYTE Stands, both directed by Josh Hecht.

Tom Wojtunik, APAC Artistic Director, explains why he chose A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED as the opening show of the season: “A Hard Wall at High Speed is an electrifying and cathartic piece about what happens when we lose momentum in our lives, and how past mistakes can continue to haunt us. As an admirer of Halfnight’s work, I’m ecstatic to be introducing his work to Astoria audiences.”

A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED features Tom O’Keefe* (“CSI”, Riverside Theatre) as Donnie, Sarah Kate Jackson*(Bride Wars, Ashlin Halfnight's God's Waiting Room) as June, Johnny Pruitt*("30 Rock", Dead Man Walking premiere at NYC Opera) as Trout and Ryan Templeton(NYC debut, web series "Dank and Nank") as Marcy. *appears courtesy of Actors' Equity Association

The production features set design by Stephen K. Dobay(APAC's The Pillowman), costume by Becky Bodurtha, and lighting design by Cat Tate Starmer. Nathan A. Roberts is the sound designer and composing original music. Lizzy Lee is the stage manager.

A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED plays the following schedule through Saturday, November 19:

 

         Thursdays at 8 p.m.

         Fridays at 8 p.m.

         Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.

 

Tickets are $18,available online at www.apacny.org or by calling 866-811-4111. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the Theatre Box Office, 30 minutes prior to the performance.

 

PERFORMANCE VENUE

Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

 

Directions: Take the N or Q Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Crescent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road. Turn left on Crescent Street. Walk one block south, then turn right onto 30th Rd. Entrance is second set of red doors on left.

 

Running time:120 minutes (with one ten minute intermission)

 

Website: www.apacny.org

 

 More praise for Ashlin Halfnight:

“Laws of Motionis a splendid new drama that ranks with the very best of Halfnight's work (which is to say, also, with the very best American plays of this new century)… This is a very wise, very compassionate, and unexpectedly and joltingly profound play.”

-Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

 

This fantastical drama (Artifacts of Consequence) by the gifted young playwright Ashlin Halfnight… is deliriously imaginative and talent-rich… as much pulp fiction as theater of ideas.”

-Jason Zinoman, The New York Times

 

“God’s Waiting Roomis briskly well written and highly entertaining… a cleverly deconstructed plot. Go for the concise originality.”

-Phoebe Hoban, The New York Times

 

BIOGRAPHIES

 

MAY ADRALES (Director)recently directed the world premieres of Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them at Actors Theater of Louisville and Mary at The Goodman Theatre, as well as a production of Yellowman at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. She has directed work at The Public Theater, Second Stage Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, Williamstown Theater Festival, Partial Comfort Productions and Long Wharf Theatre. Awards: TCG New Generations grantee, Bill Foeller Fellowship at WTF, SSDC Denham Award, Van Lier Fellowship, Drama League Directing Fellow; New York Theater Workshop Fellow; SoHo Rep Directors Lab and Women's Project Directors Lab. She served as Director of On Site Programming at the Lark Play Development Center (2008-2010) and Artistic Associate at The Public Theater (2006-2008). MFA, Yale School of Drama.

 

ASHLIN HALFNIGHT’S (Playwright) plays include Balaton (Nominated for Outstanding Play of 2009, NYIT Awards), Good Pictures (Outstanding New Play – 2008 Talkin’ Broadway), God’s Waiting Room (Best Play, 2005 NYFringe), Diving Normal (Plays and Playwrights 2007), and Artifacts of Consequence. He is a Fulbright Award winner, and is the recipient of a TCG Grant, a Ludwig Volgelstein Artist Grant, and the Howard Stein Playwriting Fellowship. He was an artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary in 2005/2006, received a residency at The Royal Court, is a member of MCC’s Playwrights’ Coalition, and is Resident Playwright at the Railroad Playhouse. Ashlin received a BA from Harvard and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia. His plays have been performed in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Upcoming films include Northbound and the screen adaptation of Diving Normal.

 

ASTORIA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER(APAC), The Astoria Performing Arts Center, Inc. (APAC), a not-for-profit organization, was founded in 2001. Our mission is to bring high quality theatre and entertainment to Astoria/Long Island City and to support local youth and senior citizens. We are a professional theatre company that complements a full season of award-winning mainstage programming with dedicated community programming.  

 

Each year, APAC brings extended networks of artists, technicians, and volunteers together to produce musical revivals and modern plays. Our mainstage productions have been recognized for their quality and exceptional production values. We have received fifteen New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations and four wins (Children of Eden & Ragtime), and an Off-Off Broadway Theatre Review Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical (Is There Life After High School?). We are invested in bringing visibility to new voices in American theatre, through readings and workshops.

 

Our commitment to local youth and senior citizens is reflected in our annual community programming. Examples include a free annual musical theatre performance program for children ages 8-13 (Summer Stars – 9 years running) and an after school playwriting program for middle school students (Astoria Playmaking – 7 years running). In 2005, we launched Senior Stars, a performance program for Queens residents over the age of sixty. 

 
For More Information, please contact Press Agent: Katie Rosin 917-562-5670 or katie@kampfirefilmspr.com


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Listings Information:

Who: Astoria Performing Arts Center

 

What:Ashlin Halfnight’s(Balaton, Artifcats of Consequence) A HARD WALL AT HIGH SPEED, directed by May Adrales (Edith Can Shoot Things And Hit Them, Humana Festival).

Featuring Tom O’Keefe* (“CSI”, Riverside Theatre) as Donnie, Sarah Kate Jackson* (Bride Wars, Ashlin Halfnight's God's Waiting Room) as June, Johnny Pruitt*("30 Rock", Dead Man Walking premiere at NYC Opera) as Trout and Ryan Templeton(NYC debut, web series "Dank and Nank") as Marcy.

 

Where: Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
30-44 Crescent St (@30th Rd)
Astoria, NY 11102

 

When: November 3 – 19, 2011

 

How: Tickets are $18 www.apacny.org or 866-811-4111

 

Running time:120 minutes (with one ten minute intermission)

 

A play about one man's mistake, and how it changed the nation, A Hard Wall at High Speed asks how we heal, how we forgive, and how far we've come. 

Open:   11/03/11
Close:   11/19/11

Schedule:
November 3 – 19, 2011
Thursdays at 8 p.m.
Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Theater:   Good Shepherd United Methodist Church
Address:   30-44 Crescent St
Astoria, NY 11102
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Take the N or W Subway to 30th Avenue. Walk down 30th Ave. to Cresent St. (Mount Sinai Hospital is on the corner.) Walk one block South to 30th Road.

Cost:18.00 or Call: at 866-811-4111