THE DIANA TAPES

Genre: Drama
Written by James Clements, directed by Wednesday Sue Derrico

What Will the Neighbors Say? will present the New York Premiere of James Clements’ THE DIANA TAPES, directed by Wednesday Sue Derrico (HVMLET for She NYC Arts Festival) at HERE (145 6th Avenue), May 24-June 10. Performances will run Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm, with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Tickets ($25/$15 for under 30 & seniors) are available for purchase in advance at www.thedianatapes.com. The performance will run approximately 70 minutes, with no intermission. This production is part of SubletSeries@HERE, a curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support.

 

The​ ​Diana​ ​Tapes​​ ​presents​ ​the​ ​true​ ​story​ ​of​ ​one​ ​of​ ​the​ ​greatest​ ​media​ ​scandals​ ​in​ ​British​ ​history​ ​–​ ​the​ ​publication​ ​of Andrew​ ​Morton's​ ​book​ ​about​ ​Princess​ ​Diana,​ ​which​ ​ended​ ​her​ ​marriage​ ​and​ ​shook​ ​the​ ​monarchy​ ​to​ ​its​ ​core.​ ​Based on​ ​the​ ​real​ ​transcripts​ ​from​ ​the​ ​Princess’​ ​tapes,​ ​the​ ​show​ ​moves​ ​between​ ​Morton’s​ ​office,​ ​the​ ​sitting​ ​room​ ​where​ ​the Princess​ ​recorded​ ​her​ ​darkest​ ​secrets​ ​onto​ ​cassettes,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​dingy​ ​West​ ​London​ ​cafe​ ​where​ ​one​ ​of​ ​her​ ​best​ ​friends surreptitiously​ ​handed​ ​them​ ​over.​ ​The​ ​subterfuge​ ​and​ ​deception​ ​are​ ​brought​ ​to​ ​a​ ​scorching​ ​climax​ ​that​ ​changed celebrity,​ ​privacy,​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Windsor​ ​family​ ​forever.​ ​The​ ​question​ ​remains:​ ​who​ ​was​ ​the​ ​victim,​ ​and​ ​who​ ​the​ ​victor? The​ ​production​ ​gives​ ​voice​ ​to​ ​a​ ​woman​ ​so​ ​often​ ​defined​ ​by​ ​images​ ​and​ ​archetypes,​ ​and​ ​instead​ ​presents​ ​her complex​ ​and​ ​multifaceted​ ​reality.​ ​It​ ​exemplifies​ ​the​ ​mission​ ​of​ ​​WWTNS?​​ ​to​ ​present​ ​new​ ​angles​ ​on​ ​misrepresented stories.

 

The cast will feature Ana Cristina Schuler as Diana, Princess of Wales, James Clements as

Andrew Morton, Jorge Morales Picó as James Colthurst, and Sam Hood Adrain as Michael

O’Mara. The creative team will include Props, Set & Costume Design​ by Madeline Wall, Sound​ ​Design​ by Jorge Morales Picó, and Lighting​ Design by Elizabeth M. Stewart with Dialect Coach Jordan Yanco and Stage Manager Hannah Delmore. This World Premiere production retains select elements from the workshop production design by Mairi MacInnes and Adam Welsh.

After completing the New York run at HERE, The Diana Tapes will transfer to London's Stockwell Playhouse for a three-week engagement, June 26-July 13. The London production has already received coverage in Harper's Bazaar, the Evening Standard, International Business Times and the Daily Express, among others.

 

The Diana Tapes was originally workshopped at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival where it was​ ​featured​ ​in​ ​the​ ​​Daily​ ​Mail,​ ​The​ ​Evening​ ​Times​ ​​and​ ​the​ ​​Scotsman​,​ ​in​ ​addition​ ​to STV​ ​and​ ​BBC​ ​Radio,​ ​and​ ​was​ ​shortlisted​ ​for​ ​the​ ​Holden​ ​Street​ ​Theatre​ ​Award.​ ​Subsequent​ ​workshop runs in​ ​Providence, New​ ​York​ ​and​ ​Toronto​ ​were​ ​met​ ​with​ ​acclaim,​ ​with​ ​critics​ ​calling​ ​the​ ​production​ ​“intricate​ ​and​ ​compelling,” (​BroadwayWorld)​ ​​​ ​“entrancing,”​ ​(​Motif)​ ​​​ ​“tense​ ​and​ ​provocative,”​ ​(The​ ​Providence​ ​Journal)​​ ​and​ ​“timely​ ​and relevant”​ ​(​Mooney​ ​on​ ​Theatre​)​.​​

 


About the Company: What Will the Neighbors Say?

WHAT WILL THE NEIGHBORS SAY? is a new theatre company based in New York City with a mission to provoke questions through untold stories. WWTNS? creates theatre that examines historical, social, political and economic narratives that have been disregarded, misrepresented, or otherwise untold in order to provoke discourse in our audience and community. WWTNS? maintains a consistent commitment to diversity, arts education, community outreach, and artistic experimentation. 

Open:   05/24/18
Close:   06/10/18

Schedule:
Performances will run Tuesday through Saturday at 7pm, with matinee performances on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm.:
5/24/2018
5/25/2018
5/26/2018
5/27/2018
5/29/2018
5/30/2018
5/31/2018
6/1/2018
6/2/2018
6/3/2018
6/5/2018
6/6/2018
6/7/2018
6/8/2018
6/9/2018
6/10/2018
Theater:   Here Arts Center
Address:   145 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
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Closest subway: C,E to Spring Street; south to theatre

Cost:$25
Buy Tickets Online or Call: Ovation Tickets at 866-811-4111
Company: What Will the Neighbors Say?         Official Web Site: www.wwtns.org/home