|Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles
| Open: 06/01/11 Close: 06/05/11 - Soho Playhouse
From The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, who has brought you innovative productions of Shakespeare's HAMLET at The Red Room and Radio TWELFTH NIGHT at The Barrow Group, a world premiere re-telling of the classic Lewis Carroll story Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. This time, though, things are just a little bit different.
When young, American Alice follows a mime from a suburban park and into an elevator, she finds herself in a strange new world. Loosely inspired by Chagall's painting Paris Through The Window, Alice encounters a caterpillar with no legs, two little runts with very sticky fingers, and a very naughty Queen. There's a Caucus Race and a deck of characters that seem familiar and new at the same time. Alice frugs with the familiar characters to her heart's content and re-discovers the joys of being a kid.
Stretching the limit of our adult imaginations and creating an entirely new Wonderland, ALICE AU PAYS DES MERVEILLES features a cast of 15 made up of ages 13-60! With a shoestring budget, a ladder and a hoop skirt or two, this production forces you to rekindle your love with The Kid Inside.
With original music by composer Laura Intravia, familiar tunes from Michael Legrand and a world premiere adaptation by playwright-director Steven Carl McCasland (HAMLET - The Red Room. Radio TWELFTH NIGHT - The Barrow Group, workshops of CROSSING BROOKLYN and BLACK & BLUE in New York), the production will delight audiences of all ages and backgrounds.
$5.00 of every ticket sold benefits Project Night-Night, donates over 25,000 Night Night Packages each year, free of charge, to homeless children who need our childhood essentials to feel secure, cozy, ready to learn, and significant. Each Night Night Package contains a new security blanket, an age-appropriate children's book, and a stuffed animal -- all nestled inside of a new canvas tote bag. By providing objects of reliable comfort, Project Night Night reduces trauma and advances the emotional and cognitive well-being of the children we serve.
About the Company: The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective
Beautiful Soup strives to revisit three classical plays (Greek, Elizabethan and American-classic [O'Neill, Miller, Williams, etc] with an innovative twist in our season. The company will also produce a workshop of a new play or musical each year.
Beautiful Soup has a desire to be an active part of the charitable community in New York. Working with tri-state area organizations (like BC/EFA, The Fortune Society, A-STEP, FRIGID, Prison Families Anonymous and Gay Men's Health Crisis, to name a few), we choose charities that relates to the production and donate a portion of our box office proceeds to helping them reach their goal.
The company was founded in 2010 by its artistic director, Steven Carl McCasland. McCasland has served the artistic director to Group Therapy Productions and directed over 15 New York productions of great classic works, from Death of a Salesman to Antigone to A Streetcar Named Desire. Visit him on the web at www.steven-mccasland.weebly.com
Beautiful Soup's four productions will make their homes around the metropolitan area, exploring New York City in new and innovative ways with classic text. And so, we begin our journey with William Shakespeare's HAMLET deep in the heart of the East Village.
| Open: 11/04/10 Close: 11/14/10 - Red Room
In The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective's sepia-toned, antiquitian world, a steampunk Hamlet returns from Denmark to find his father dead, his mother bedding his uncle and his country at the brink of war. To make things worse, he's being followed around by a clingy coquette with a particularly curious father and a very over-protective brother. Meanwhile, the ghost of his father roams the halls of Elsinore, his family's estate in Denmark. The haunted spirit reaches out to his son through means of the paranormal: the television glows with an eerie light and a record play begins to turn. As he seeks revenge of his father's end, lives will change their courses forever.
Starring Rory Allan Meditz as Hamlet, Jackie Jacobi as Ophelia, John Johmann as Claudius and Tracy Jennissen as Gertrude. With John Caldara as Polonius, Dominick DeGaetano as Laertes, Kristen Vaphides as Rosencrantz and Kathleen Moran as Guildenstern. Also featuring Lena August, Bradley LeBoeuf*, Michael Callahan, Jessica McHugh and Patrick Whitehead.
*Bradley LeBoeuf will understudy the title role and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday evening, November 7th.
Emily Floyd will understudy the role of Ophelia and perform Saturday matinees with Sunday afternoon, November 14th.
Assistant Directed by Allison Wimer
Lighting by Gabriella DeGaetano
Fight Choreography by Ellyn Stein
Props and Stage Management by Griffin Parker
Hats by Amy Van Doran
Dramaturgy by Kate Adler
Costume, Sound and Direction by Steven Carl McCasland
*THE RED ROOM is a second-floor walk-up with no elevator. The KGB bar is right below.
Run-time: 2 hours, 25 minutes with one 10 minute intermission.
| Open: 09/01/10 Close: 09/11/10 - Wings Theatre
New York City - 1928. Away from the bustle of Wall Street and the jazz of speakeasies, Helen Jones is trapped and suffocated by her duties as a daughter, a wife, and a mother. Yet after tasting a glimpse of passion and freedom through a brief love affair, she is unable to return to the confinement of her marriage and decides to do something no woman of her time would have dared... Only to have the machine of society and human justice force her back into submission.
Inspired by the notorious Snyder-Gray murder trial, Sophie Treadwell's Machinal first premiered on Broadway with Clark Gable in the role of Richard Roe and has been performed around the world for over 80 years. While very progressive in its original context, the play still remains one of the landmarks of American drama.
|William Shakespeare's Macbeth
| Open: 10/19/11 Close: 10/31/11 - 13th Street Repertory
The Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, whose Alice in Wonderland enjoyed an Off-Broadway run at The SoHo Playhouse, returns to the New York stage with their production William Shakespeare's MACBETH at 13th Street Repertory, opening October 19th and running through Halloween evening, October 31st. A portion of box office proceeds will benefit The Fortune Society for Prisoner Reform.
The Fortune Society, founded by theatre producer David Rothenberg (Fortune and Men's Eyes), strives to support successful re-entry from prison and to promote alternatives to incarcerations, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities.
The production, directed by Steven Carl McCasland (Alice in Wonderland, Crossing Brooklyn, The WSXR Players' Twelfth Night) stars John Johmann and Tracy Jennissen (Sugar doesn't live here...). Macbeth as the murderous and power-hungry central couple. Set in Chicago, 1959, press notes bill the production as "an intimate, 2-hour look at one of the Bard's bloodiest plays. Set in Chicago, 1959 and using the music of Frank Sinatra and Henry Mancini, MACBETH is filled with lust, greed and revenge. Beautiful Soup stains 13th Street Rep red with blood in a production inspired by the films of the era. It's 1959 and Mackie is back in town."
Johmann and Jennissen are joined by Leonardo Abraham, Lena August Charles Baker, Mallory Berlin, Salvatore Casto, Dom Crincoli, Courtney de la Rigaudiere, Spencer Gold, Laurie Jill, Leo Kubota, Rory Allan Meditz, Kathleen Moran and Christopher Stokes. Anna Grace Carter (Kissless at NYMF) serves as Production Stage Manager. Ellyn Stein serves as Fight Director and Choreographer to the extreme hand-to-hand combat, with choreography from McCasland and Kathleen Gubitosi.
The 2-hour production, running from October 19th through October 31st, operates on a rep schedule: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 9:30pm and Sundays at 3pm. A special closing performance on Monday, October 31st, at 7pm will be followed by a costume ball. Join the Weird Sisters and bob for apples and party the holiday away with Beautiful Soup at Hecate's Club.
Each performance is presented with a ten-minute intermission, during which Hecate's Girls and Boys will take the stage. A wide array of New York burlesque performers, including Dot Mitzvah and Kitty Katstrophe, along with MACBETH cast-member Dom Crincoli (Lord Ross) in a lounge act inspired by Old Blue Eyes.
The 13th Street Repertory Company, founded in 1972 by Artistic Director Edith O'Hara, provides a place for actors, directors, playwrights and technicians to develop their craft in a caring, nurturing, professional environment. Anywhere between five to seven shows run weekly, including children's shows and the New Works Reading Series on weekends. The 13th Street Repertory Company is home to the longest running Off-Off-Broadway play, Israel Horovitz' LINE, now in its 38th year, and is a proud member of the Heart of Off-Broadway. THe theater is located at 50 West 13th Street, between 5th and 6th avenues.