A man finds himself in a dark room. He is lost, but he has a plan. If it works, a way out could open up. It’s simple. And then there’s the red ball.
Planet Connections Theatre Festivity is pleased to announce the world premiere of A Stopping Place, a new one-man show written and performed by Stephen Powell, directed by Clara Pagone, and produced by Leonie Ettinger. A Stopping Place, the first original play by Stephen Powell, brings to the stage a riveting exploration of the lasting effects that trauma inflicts on the individual, told through the personal meditations of a lone, anonymous character. Tickets are $18 for general admission and can be purchased at www.planetconnections.org. A Stopping Place benefits MCCNY Homeless Youth Services supporting New York City’s young LGBT population in crisis.
A Stopping Place is a play about connection: those bridges we form with one another, and those we don’t. Using memory, alienation, and metaphor, a nameless character confides in, and insulates himself from, the audience, who discover a man trying to confront something profound and impossible to articulate. Through his hardship, he explores the contours and limits of the bonds between the self and the other, the individual and society. Can we ever truly know another person, and what they hold in their past? Can we ever truly heal ourselves?
At the core of A Stopping Place is the ubiquity of trauma. No single person is unscathed by some form of violence, by neglect, by coercion. Each of us develops mechanisms to cope with these scarring memories in order to move beyond them. Since the source of the character’s trauma remains unspecified, the audience witnesses a struggle that transcends into their own. In recent years, much attention has been paid to the social safety net in America, as well as to mental health and domestic violence. A Stopping Place addresses the common theme of trauma underlying these vital social issues.
A Stopping Place will run for five performances, beginning June 17th until July 3rd, 2016, at Paradise Factory, located at 64 East 4th Street, between 2nd Avenue and the Bowery in New York City. The five performances are: Friday, June 17th at 7pm; Wednesday, June 22nd at 7pm; Thursday, June 30th at 7:30pm; Saturday, July 2nd at 9pm; and Sunday, July 3rd at 1pm. Tickets are $18 for general admission and can be purchased online at www.planetconnections.org
or at the theater before each performance. Paradise Factory is accessible by the F train at 2nd Avenue or the 6 train at Bleecker Street. The show is appropriate for ages 15 and up. For more information, visit seestephenpowell.com/a-stopping-place.
Stephen Powell is the playwright and performer in A Stopping Place, his first original play. He trained at Stella Adler Studio, and is a graduate of Harvard University. His major work includes playing Hal in Proof by David Auburn (STS Playhouse), Telling the Bees, a collaborative piece with Sina Heiss and Lonesome George Productions, and two summer seasons at Theater Barn. He has worked extensively with the graduate directors and playwrights of Columbia’s School of the Arts, most recently in 7 Deadly Sins (dir. Palina Jonsdottir), a modern adaptation from Brecht’s musical ballet, and in The Conflabbergation, by Becca Plunkett.
Clara Pagone (Directory) is a screen and stage actor who has trained in Italy, Australia, UK, and USA. She came to New York to join SITI Company’s Inaugural Conservatory class, and is now a Phoenix Theatre Artistic Associate. Selected credits include directing How to Direct From Inside (a sold-out run at Midsumma Festival at La Mama Melbourne) and performing her own one-woman show, Mrs. Marx, at the Sarasolo Festival in Sarasota, FL.
Leonie Ettinger (Producer) is a performance curator, producer, and scholar who just received her master’s degree in Performance Studies at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Past New York collaborations include The Private Theatre, The Civilians, La Mama ETC, and Franklin Furnace. She is an artistic associate of The Living Theatre and the associate artistic director of Brave New World Repertory Theatre. This fall, she will pursue a Ph.D. at NYU’s German Department.
The Planet Connections Theatre Festivity (PCTF) is New York's premiere eco-friendly/socially conscious not-for-profit arts festival. Fostering a diverse cross-section of performances and events, the PCTF seeks to inspire artists and audiences both creatively and fundamentally, in a festive atmosphere forming a community of like-minded artists. At the heart of the Festivity are like-minded individuals striving to create professional, meaningful theatre, music and film, while supporting organizations which give back to the community at large.
As part of the PCTF mission, A Stopping Place is proud to partner with MCCNY Homeless Youth Services, a charity that supports a high-risk homeless population in New York City: young LGBT individuals in crisis. The organization provides emergency overnight services, connections to long-term housing, case management, and advocacy groups.
Cast: Stephen Powell
June 17th, at 7pm
June 22nd, at 7pm
June 30th, at 7:30pm
July 2nd, at 9pm
July 3rd, at 1pm:
Theater: Paradise Factory
Address: 64 East 4th Street
New York, NY
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111