PROVINCETOWN 2012, four one-act plays by the prolific writing team of Eugene O’Neill, Louise Bryant, Floyd Dell and Pendelton King, all writers of one-acts originally produced by the historic PROVINCETOWN PLAYERS performs on Tuesdays, March 27 and April 3 under the auspices of New York’s Group Theatre Too (GTT). PROVINCETOWN 2012 is under the Artistic Direction of Michael Blevins who has adapted, edited and restored this near-century old collection of critically-historic plays hoping to make them more 2012-friendly and accessible to a new, youthful American generation of theater goers.
PROVINCETOWN 2012 is comprised of four one-act plays from the premier New York productions of the Provincetown Players, an early 20th Century theatre group of American writers and artists that changed the course of American drama and launched the careers of Eugene O’Neill and Susan Glaspell while helping to expand the Little Theatre movement across the nation. The eclectic group of plays features a small ensemble of Group Theatre Too actors under the direction of four different GTT directors.
Victor Avila directs THE GAME, in which Marxist poet and playwright, Louise Bryant presents Life (Cristina Marie*) and Death (Steven Bidwell) as characters who roll the dice for control over the souls and fates of two young people, a poet/musician (Alex Maxwell) and dancer (Dylan Paige).
Jeff Brelvi directs KING ARTHUR’S SOCKS, in which Socialist poet and playwright, Floyd Dell, uncovers a couple of lovers (Justin Boccitto & Christine De Frece) who wrestle with their sexual urges because they are both married to other people in this comedy that also features, Crystal Chapman* and Brittany Jeffrey.
Stephanie Sine directs BEFORE BREAKFAST in which, Eugene O’Neill, the only American playwright ever to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature and four Pulitzer Prizes for drama, depicts the last stages of a domestic struggle in a unique way by presenting only one onstage character and one offstage that never appears or speaks except for a quick appearance of his arm. Once everything is said and done in this dramalogue the wife (Lexie Spiers) subsides into silence and a moment later we realize that the desperate husband (Michael Hoyt) in the bedroom has slit his throat.
Justin Boccitto directs COCAINE in which, poet, Oxford graduate, and recipient of the French Governments’ bravery award the Croix de Guerre, Pendelton King, presents an ironic-tragedy of a washed-up prizefighter (Nicky Romaniello*) and prostitute (Jennifer Avila) who survive in the dreariest of back rooms in New York City.
Also, included in the full-evening’s presentation is a two-minute “bonus” or “easter egg” play that occurs as the audience is leaving the theater!
The creative team for PROVINCETOWN 2012 will feature sparse scenic designs and lighting by Vivien Hacketts, and Allison Schneider, serves as Production Stage Manager. PROVINCETOWN 2012 is produced by Justin Boccitto, Executive Producer of The Group Theatre Too and performs at the Drilling Company Theatre, 236 West 78th St, NYC. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased at the door or beforehand online at: http://tkts.provincetown2012.com
*Appearing courtesy of AEA ~ An AEA Code Production
About the Company: The Group Theatre Too, LLC
The Group Theatre Too was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director, Michael Blevins and Executive Producer, Justin Boccitto. Some of GTT's past productions have included: the New York revival of Seesaw, Count To Ten, an official selection of the 2009 New York Musical Theatre Festival and winner of the 2008 National Youth Theatre Award for Best New Musical, Stephen Belber's Tape, Jack Heifner's Vanities, You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Love Letters, The Boyfriend, The Subject Was Roses, David Rimmer’s Album and the annual Choreographer’s Canvas. GTT also produced MAC Award Winner, Alisa Schiff, in Mama Said...The Songs of Cass Elliott.
Generation Tap, GTT’s tap company, has appeared at Tap City, Tap Extravaganza, The United Nations, Circle in the Square and was featured in Dancer Magazine. Seen by over 5,000 school students, GTT’s social awareness play, Aftermath is now available for performance through Heuer Publishing. GTT also runs after-school arts programming at P.S. 75 Elementary School and retains a fiscal sponsorship through The Field, a 501 (c)(3) organization in Manhattan. GTT's Artistic Advisory Board includes Mercedes Ellington, Nicole Fosse, Mallory Graham, Maurice Hines, John Kander, Bernard Kaplan, Theodore Mann, Bettye Morrow, David Rimmer, Chita Rivera and Sue Samuels. The company is represented by entertainment lawyer, Donald Farber.
The Group Theatre Too hopes to encourage diversity and the exploration of the human experience through theatre-dance-music performances and arts education programs that will require youths and adults to be active participants and advocates for others; aware of their surroundings and their ability to mediate and effect change. Through the celebration of artists and the art of entertainment, GTT hopes to communicate the fact that as many ways as we humans are different we share common bonds and can connect with everyone on some level bringing new understanding and compassion to our lives.
Tuesday March 27, 2012 @ 8PM
Tuesday April 3, 2012 @ 8PM
Theater: The Drilling Company
Address: 236 West 78th Street
New York, NY
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