Retro Productions (18-time New York Innovative Theatre Awards nominee) presents Peter Nichols' play.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg follows Bri and Sheila, a British couple dealing with the severe challenges of parenthood; their only daughter Josephine is wheelchair-bound with cerebral palsy and cannot communicate. With their marriage on the line due to the stress of raising Joe, Bri and Sheila must also contend with their friends Pam and Freddy’s pleas to put Joe in a proper facility and live their lives. The piece’s dark humor is rooted in life’s difficulties as well as the fantasy world that Bri experiences to cope with his family’s hardship.
After a successful run on London’s West End, A Day in the Death of Joe Egg premiered on Broadway in 1968. The production was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction of a Play (Michael Blakemore), Best Actor in a Play (Albert Finney) and Best Featured Actress in a Play (winner Zena Walker). Subsequent revivals have garnered the 1985 Tony Award for Best Reproduction os a Play and the 1985 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival.
The cast includes Greg Oliver Bodine (Poe Times Two), Becky Byers (Hearts Like Fists, Flux Theatre Ensemble), Heather Cunningham (The Runner Stumbles, Retro Productions), Emily Jon Mitchell, Matthew Trumbull (The Zebra Shirt of Loneliness, FringeNYC) and Kristen Vaughan (New York Innovative Theatre Award winner for Benefactors, Retro Productions). The production team includes Jack and Rebecca Cunningham (scenic design), Ben Philipp (costume design), Jacqueline Reid (lighting design), Jeanne Travis (sound design), Sara Slagle (property design), Charley Layton (dialect coach) and Ricardo Rust (production stage manager).
About the Company: Retro Productions
It is the mission of Retro Productions to present works of retro theatre. Retro is defined as "involving, relating to, or reminiscent of things past (American Heritage Dictionary)." At Retro Productions we will strive to tell good theatrical stories which have an historical perspective -with an emphasis on the 20th century- in order to broaden our own understanding of the world we live in. We believe through stories of human lives and struggles, both dramatic and comedic, we can understand social history and culture and how it affects us today.
Retro received recognition from their first two productions of Catholic School Girls and Mrs. California (as River Heights Productions) then gathered momentum in their third season with the Retro production of Still Life. Also directed by Ric Sechrest, Still Life received accolades from playwright Emily Mann: "Your production got it...Every aspect of the experience was first rate. Retro is clearly a company dedicated to creating impeccable work that truly matters," and Heather E. Cunningham's performance was honored alongside Romeo and Juliet’s Lauren Ambrose and August: Osage County’s Deanna Dunagan as one of Backstage's ‘2007 Performances to Remember’.
Retro Productions put themselves on the map in their fourth season producing Sally Nemeth's Mill Fire and What I Did Last Summer, called "...first-rate: brisk, sweet and occasionally quite moving," by playwright A.R. Gurney. This, their first season in residence at The Spoon Theater, garnered six 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Award nominations: two for performance and four for design, a New York Magazine ‘Off-off Broadway pick’ and the growing reputation of ‘the finished effect of a Retro Production’ (The Fab Marquee, Mill Fire). Kicking off with The Tender Trap and concluding with When You Comin’ Back Red Ryder? Retro's fifth season is proving that with a design team that has the ability to achieve 'theatrical time travel,' (The Fab Marquee) and "a powerful display of New York's dramatic talent," (offoffonline) Retro Productions is “...becoming a reliable source for first-class work.” (United Stages).
Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8:00 pm with additional performances Sunday, May 12th at 7:00 pm; Sunday, May 19th at 2:00 pm and Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:00 pm.
Theater: Workshop Theatre Main Stage
Address: 312 W. 36th Street
New York City, NY 10018
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