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Baruch Performing Arts Center with 

Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo

Present the World Premiere of

Refuge

April 25 - May 11, 2019

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center, along with New York-based theater company Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo, will co-present the World Premiere of Refuge from April 25 - May 11 @ 7:30, with a variable weekly schedule and a 5pm performance Sun May 5 (Opening Night April 27) at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC.  Performances are at 7:30pm Monday-Saturday, with opening night on April 27 and an added 5pm performance on Sunday, May 5. Tickets are $16-36 and may be purchased at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.

 

A deathbed confession launches a young Jewish woman on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family's escape, and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge.

 

NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri ODA from Kosovo and musicians from Metropolitan Klezmer for this world-premiere devised physical-theatre piece based on actual events. During World War II, thousands of Jewish refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of whom were practicing Muslims. Despite Nazi occupation, no Jews were taken to concentration camps from Albania, and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning. The Albanians took in people with whom they did not share language, religion, or culture, sheltering them as honored guests and defending them with their lives. Refuge shines light on this little-known history, with the current backdrop of anti-Semitic attacks, the refugee crisis in Europe, and our own nation's attempts to close our doors to refugees and migrants. 

 

Refuge is the third original play created by the two companies since 2005. They have toured together six times through the Balkans, in Western Europe, and in New York, including the first-ever US/Kosovar theatre project in the United States. Their production of Doruntine was awarded first prize at the 2016 Secondo Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. Following its world premiere production at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Refuge will tour to Western Europe and the Balkans in 2020.

 

Refuge is co-created by Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda, co-directed by Jessica Burr and Florent Mehmeti, with text by Matt Opatrny and Florent Mehmeti, and live music by Metropolitan Klezmer featuring Ismail Butera, Debra Kreisberg, & Eve Sicular. The creative team includes Set Designers Teddy Jefferson & Sonya Plenefisch, Costume Designer Caitlin Cisek, Lighting Designer Jay Ryan, Sound Designer Adrian Bridges, Production Stage Manager Darielle Shandler, Assistant Director Ben Peterson, and Dramaturg Julia Levine. The cast includes Eshref Durmishi, Daniela Markaj, Nancy McArthur, Becca Schneider, Ilire Vinca, and Perri Yaniv.

 

 

ARTIST BIOS

Jessica Burr (co-director) founding Artistic Director of Blessed Unrest, was honored with the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, in recognition of her work and Blessed Unrest's body of work. She received the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement. She was a featured panelist in the 2016 Brave Summit, a forum of women leaders, experts, and scholars to drive cultural change. Burr has directed and choreographed numerous productions for Blessed Unrest since 1999 including The Snow Queen (2018 IT Award winner for Outstanding Production), This Is Modern Art (New York Theatre Workshop), Body: Anatomies of Being (New Ohio/IRT Theatre Archive Residency), Lying (2015 IT Award nominee), A Christmas Carol, Eurydice's Dream (2013 IT Award winner for Outstanding Movement/Choreography), Doruntine (First Prize, 2016 Secondo Festival, Switzerland) and The Sworn Virgin (in NYC and on international tours, co-directed with Florent Mehmeti of Teatri Oda, Kosovo), The Storm, ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, and the 365Days/365Plays Festival(with Public Theater). Burr has taught at Prishtina University (Kosovo), Texas Tech University, Presbyterian College (SC), Centenary College (NJ), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and to school groups visiting New York including from Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea). She has taught and directed five original devised physical theatre pieces at Western Washington University and Stephens College (MO), and directed Burn, Crave, Hold at Eastern New Mexico University. She is a proud member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Burr graduated from Bard College with degrees in Theatre and Dance, and then became a traveling street performer, living and working on sidewalks from Scotland to Morocco. After a year spent teaching in Poland she returned to New York and founded Blessed Unrest.

Born in Kosovo, Eshref Durmishi is one of the country's most established actors working across television, film & theater. He gained international acclaim playing the lead role in the Greek / German film Eduart. He produced and starred in the Oscar-Nominated short film Shok, which portrayed elements of his life. He performed in both Doruntine and The Sworn Virgin with Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda.


Daniela Markaj graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Pristina University. She's been part of several plays, performances, movies and TV series, to mention: The Hypocrites or the English Patient (Multimedia); Trojan Women (La Mama); Shtëpia pa Dritare, Gazetarja e Kulturës Vetëvritet (National Theatre of Kosovo); Lufta e Tretë Botërore (ODA); Bits and Pieces (Artpolis); Nursery Crymes (Mischief La-Bas). She performed at the 2018 HAPU festival with Ups and Downs, the first dance theatre company in Kosovo. 


Nancy McArthur is a New York City-based actor, musician, & teaching artist. Born in Washington, D.C., she lived in Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, and Thailand. Recent credits include: Athens on the Half Shell (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), This Is Modern Art (NYTW), The Snow Queen (New Ohio), and Shenandoah (Prague Fringe). Nancy holds a BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, Tisch. This will be her third show with Blessed Unrest (previously: This Is Modern Art and The Snow Queen, winner of the 2018 NY IT Award for Best Production of a Play).

 

Florent Mehmeti (co-director) has 18 years of experience as a theatre professional and is fluent in English, Albanian, and Serbo-Croatian. He earned a BA in Theatre and Film Directing from the University of Prishtina. He served as Manager for PR and Development at the National Theatre in Prishtina from 2000-2002. He co-founded Teatri ODA in 2003 and also co-founded the Contemporary Art Centre in 2002, both in Prishtina. He was the founder of HAPU - a festival for art in public spaces in 2015 in Kosovo, and was the initiator and currently president of Cultural Forum - a network of independent cultural organization in Kosovo. Artistic work in theatre includes: Little Red Riding Hood in Danger (2000-2001 - street theatre for children, performed over 200 times in different locations in Kosova); The Rose Tattoo (2001, National Theatre Prishtina); Vagina Monologues (2003, ODA Theatre Prishtina, the play that launched ODA Theatre); Three Fat Germans (2004, ODA Theatre, a comedy generated from a laboratory with the artists); American Buffalo (2006, ODA Theatre, in English with Albanian subtitles); The Town is Growing (2007, ODA Theatre Prishtina); MadHouse (2007, Tetovo Theatre, Macedonia); Illyrian-Roman War (2008, ODA Theatre); Doruntine (co-production of ODA Theatre & Blessed Unrest of New York, USA. 2008, 2015 in New York; 2009 on tour in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia; 2016 winner First Prize Secondo Festival, Zurich, Switerland) Albanicum (2009, Tetovo Theatre, Macedonia); Picnic on the Battlefield (2009, ODA Theatre). Film and television work includes documentaries, short fiction, sitcoms and other TV programs. He has been actively involved in the law making and cultural policy making process, and initiating, managing and supervising many cultural and artistic programs for more than 20 years.

Matt Opatrny (playwright) is a co-founder and Managing Director of Blessed Unrest. With Blessed Unrest Matt wrote The Snow Queen (2018 Innovative Theatre Award winner for Outstanding Production and nominee for Outstanding Script) Burn, Crave, Hold (2008 Innovative Theatre Award winner for Outstanding Production and nominee for Outstanding Script) and Body: Anatomies of Being, adapted A Christmas Carol,co-wrote The Sworn Virginand Doruntine (with Lirak Çelaj of Teatri Oda, Kosovo, first prize winner at 2016 Secondo Festival, Switzerland), co-wrote Eurydice's Dream and ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall, and co-adapted Lying and Certain Things Which I Will Call Sacred.  He has performed in international tours of The Sworn Virginand Doruntine, has performed Off-Broadway with the Roundabout and Mint Theater Companies, and has extensive regional credits. Opatrny co-created and leads Blessed Unrest's training program. Matt has taught at Prishtina University (Kosovo), Western Washington University, Stephens College (MO), Presbyterian College (SC), Clemson University (SC), Texas Tech University, Centenary College (NJ), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and for school groups visiting New York including from Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea). He has served on grant review panels including DCA, LMCC and A.R.T./New York.  He has trained with the SITI Company and at Clemson University, where he also received a degree in Biological Sciences, and owes much of who he is to the sea turtles of Costa Rica.

Becca Schneider has performed in Blessed Unrest's productions of Platonov and A Christmas Carol. Becca is Co-Artistic Director of Between Two Boroughs and has produced and performed in Cannibal Galaxy: a love story (New York Premiere), Summertime, and The Understudy. Other NYC and regional credits include Romeo & Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse), The Music Man (Sharon Playhouse), The TempestTaming of the Shrew (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) for which she also served as Musical Director, As You Like ItAs I Lay DyingThree Sisters (Columbia Stages), Big River (Unquowa Rep), Gruff! The Musical (Doppelskope), and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre for Arts & Education Tour). Becca is a proud Muhlenberg College graduate. 

 

Ilire Vinca, an internationally renowned theatre and film actress, is in her third production with Blessed Unrest. Her first production, Doruntine, won first prize at Secondo Theatre Festival in Zurich 2016. Some of her latest work includes Night MotherHipocritesKorca's Karnevals, and Trojan Woman with La Mamma. Her film credits include The Forgiveness of Blood (winner of the Silver Bear), and Sworn Virgin at Berlinale. She is a professor of acting at The University of Prishtina. 

Perri Yaniv appeared in the world premiere of Glory Kadigan's Till We Meet Again under the direction of Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, and was awarded Outstanding Featured Actor at the Planet Connections Theater Festival for his work in Barefoot Theater Company's revival of Joe Pintauro's Raft of the Medusa. He has originated roles in works by John Patrick Shanley, Candido Tirado, Erik Ehn, Maurice Decaul, and Owen Panettieri. Other recent credits include The Brutes (New Ohio), The Plantation (Brave New World), and title roles in revivals of Mayakovsky's The BedBug, Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, and Ansky's The Dybbuk. Film work includes Winter Has No SunDelivery HourAl Qarem, and short films that have screened at multiple film festivals: Z-StuyUntowardStreet Pillow, and Purity. 

 

Blessed Unrest Theatre is in its 18th year of generating original theatre in NYC and touring internationally. They use the safe structure of training, workshops, rehearsal and performance to create an environment where dangerous things can happen. They are a physical theatre ensemble producing dynamic, disciplined, and exuberant new works in NYC and abroad, building original pieces and reconstructing established texts with their diverse ensemble. They have staged over 30 productions (17 world premieres) at New York Theatre Workshop Next Dorr, New Ohio Theatre, PS122, The Public Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Interart Theatre, NYU, Columbia, Manhattan School of Music, Exit Theatre (CA), and Emelin Theatre (Westchester). They have held residencies at New Victory, New Ohio, IRT, and Interart theatres.

 

They believe artistic collaboration breaks down cultural barriers and builds international bridges. They have been collaborating with Teatri ODA of Kosovo since 2005, creating bilingual (English/Albanian) plays and performing in NYC (first ever US/Kosovar theatre collaboration in the US), Western Europe, and on tours through the Balkans. 

 

Blessed Unrest has been honored with five NY Innovative Theatre Awards among 16 nominations, including the 2014 Cino Fellowship for Sustained Excellence and Outstanding Production of a Play (2008 and 2018). Artistic Director Jessica Burr received the 2011 League of Professional Theatre Women's Lucille Lortel Award for her work as a director and the body of work Blessed Unrest has created under her leadership. They were awarded first prize by the 2016 Secondo Theatre Festival (Zurich, Switzerland). http://blessedunrest.org/

 

Teatri Oda was founded in 2002 in Prishtina, Kosovo, shortly after the war with Slobodan Milosevic's Serb forces and the breakup of Yugoslavia. (Kosovo, which officially declared independence in 2008 after nine years as a UN protectorate, is predominately ethnically Albanian and closely tied to the neighboring nation of Albania.) Teatri Oda was the first independent arts organization in the region, and is committed to the professional development of the theatrical art, encouraging inter-relations with other arts, and building a strong cultural foundation for coming generations. A registered NGO, Oda is determined to play a role in the strengthening of the cultural sector of society and the building of a democratic and open Kosovo. http://teatrioda.com/

 

Metropolitan Klezmer, now celebrating their 25th anniversary, has performed from coast to coast and on the air from NPR to HBO. An octet in full, the group originally formed to showcase the artistry of master Yiddish reed stylist Howie Leess (1920-2003), and has released five albums to date including their latest: "Mazel Means Good Luck." The ensemble's multi-media concert "Music from Yiddish Cinema" has drawn overflow audiences to Lincoln Center and beyond for lushly-arranged soundtrack variations, and multiple band members have also been recently featured in stage productions from Jill Sobule's "Music from Yentl" to bandleader Eve Sicular's musical documentary theater hit "J.Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files." Their wide-ranging neo-traditional as well as original repertoire ranges in style from Albanian to Latin Jazz to Zydeco. Their live recording of "Di Fire Korbunes," a nearly-forgotten 1911 Yiddish ballad of the Triangle Fire (for the centenary memorial concert at Cooper Union), is now in the permanent collection of The Museum of The City of New York. In addition to numerous honors from NYSCA, Sparkplug Foundation, OUTmusic, and NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, Metropolitan Klezmer has enjoyed surprise guest visits from Paquito D'Rivera, and has just been awarded support from LMCC's Creative Engagement  for their "Jubilation!" octet concert series throughout Manhattan in celebration of their quarter century and counting. 

 

The trio of Metropolitan Klezmer instrumentalists to be featured in REFUGE are clarinet/saxophonist Debra Kreisberg (also heard with Taylor Mac, Natalie Merchant, and Los Mas Valientes, to name but a few), accordion/multi-instrumentalist Ismail Butera (founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer who has also appeared with klezmer artists from Andy Statman to David Krakauer), and drummer Eve Sicular (leader for both Metropolitan Klezmer and sister sextet Isle of Klezbos, also a film historian noted for work on "The Yiddish Celluloid Closet" in international lectures and publications). Kreisberg, an alumna of Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, is also a noted composer. Sicular received her degree in Russian History & Literature from Harvard, 

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 40 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries), and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice. 

 

Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, New Georges, The Acting Company, Aquilla and MCC.  Dance companies such as Dzul Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women.  BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including ensembles such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, and pianists Sara Davis Buechner and 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, Michael Brown.  BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2018-19 season.

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center 

with 

Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo

Present the World Premiere of

Refuge

April 25 - May 11, 2019

with Post-Performance Discussions and MOTH-Style Story Slam

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center, along with New York-based theater company Blessed Unrest and Teatri ODA of Kosovo, will co-present the World Premiere of Refuge from April 25 - May 11 @ 7:30, with a variable weekly schedule and a 5pm performance Sun May 5 (Opening Night April 27) at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25 Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $16-36 and may be purchased at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.

 

The Refuge creative team and performers will host a series of events to accompany the performances. Post-performance programs can deepen the experience of the many current topics touched upon by this play. The programs will explore topics such as the journeys of refugees historically and in the current currently climate, as well as diving into the personal as well as the global Jewish experience. Along with the creative team, the programs will include diverse guest speakers who add additional richness and perspective to the discussions. With a ticket to any performance of Refugeadmission to the programs is freeOne ticket to Refuge grants admission to any and all of the programs.

 

Wednesday, May 1: Post-Performance Discussion

Refuge in Context: Activism, Education, and #Resistance

 

A post-performance program on combating hate in the modern day, with a focus on refugee protection and advocacy. Featuring Anne Frank Center Education Director Katherine Meade, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ) Executive Board Member and activist Rafael Shimunov, and a representative from the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).

 

Sunday, May 5 at 6:30pm: MOTH-style Story Slam 

Prepare a 5-minute story about those who have helped your family survive persecution or threat to life, or how you were taken in during some time of crisis. Have you welcomed a refugee from another country, simply hosted a neighbor who lost their keys, or have you found cover under a

stranger's umbrella in a downpour? Share your story of a lifesaving or simple moment of refuge that was life-altering. (Time limit: 5 minutes). 

Register: http://bit.ly/2UhUTzp

 

Monday, May 6: Post-Performance Discussion

Refuge in Context: Displacement and Narrative During the Holocaust

 

A  post-performance program on the refugee crisis in Europe during World War II exploring the relevance of Jewish and Muslim stories today. Featuring Jessica Lang, Professor of English and Director of Jewish Studies at Baruch; Debra Caplan, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Baruch and author of Yiddish Empire: Jews, Theater, and the Aesthetics of Itinerancy; and Elidor

Melhili, Assistant Professor of History at Hunter, and author of From Stalin to Mao: Albania and the Socialist World. Moderated by Jessica Burr, co-director of Refuge.

 

In Refuge, a deathbed confession launches a young Jewish woman on a journey of discovery to a remote Albanian village. What she finds reveals both the truth of her family's escape, and those who risked everything to provide them with refuge.

NYC-based Blessed Unrest teams up with Teatri ODA from Kosovo and musicians from Metropolitan Klezmer for this world-premiere devised physical-theatre piece based on actual events. During World War II, thousands of Jewish refugees were harbored by families in Albania, most of whom were practicing Muslims. Despite Nazi occupation, no Jews were taken to concentration camps from Albania, and it was the only country in Europe with more Jews at the end of the war than at the beginning. The Albanians took in people with whom they did not share language, religion, or culture, sheltering them as honored guests and defending them with their lives. Refuge shines light on this little-known history, with the current backdrop of anti-Semitic attacks, the refugee crisis in Europe, and our own nation's attempts to close our doors to refugees and migrants. 

 

Refuge is the third original play created by the two companies since 2005. They have toured together six times through the Balkans, in Western Europe, and in New York, including the first-ever US/Kosovar theatre project in the United States. Their production of Doruntine was awarded first prize at the 2016 Secondo Festival in Zurich, Switzerland. Following its world premiere production at Baruch Performing Arts Center, Refuge will tour to Western Europe and the Balkans in 2020.

 

ARTIST BIOS

Jessica Burr (co-director) founding Artistic Director of Blessed Unrest, was honored with the 2011 Lucille Lortel Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, in recognition of her work and Blessed Unrest's body of work. She received the 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Choreography/Movement. She was a featured panelist in the 2016 Brave Summit, a forum of women leaders, experts, and scholars to drive cultural change. Burr has directed and choreographed numerous productions for Blessed Unrest since 1999 including The Snow Queen (2018 IT Award winner for Outstanding Production), This Is Modern Art (New York Theatre Workshop), Body: Anatomies of Being (New Ohio/IRT Theatre Archive Residency), Lying (2015 IT Award nominee), A Christmas Carol, Eurydice's Dream (2013 IT Award winner for Outstanding Movement/Choreography), Doruntine (First Prize, 2016 Secondo Festival, Switzerland) and The Sworn Virgin (in NYC and on international tours, co-directed with Florent Mehmeti of Teatri Oda, Kosovo), The Storm, ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure, and the 365Days/365Plays Festival(with Public Theater). Burr has taught at Prishtina University (Kosovo), Texas Tech University, Presbyterian College (SC), Centenary College (NJ), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and to school groups visiting New York including from Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea). She has taught and directed five original devised physical theatre pieces at Western Washington University and Stephens College (MO), and directed Burn, Crave, Hold at Eastern New Mexico University. She is a proud member of the League of Professional Theatre Women. Burr graduated from Bard College with degrees in Theatre and Dance, and then became a traveling street performer, living and working on sidewalks from Scotland to Morocco. After a year spent teaching in Poland she returned to New York and founded Blessed Unrest.

Born in Kosovo, Eshref Durmishi is one of the country's most established actors working across television, film & theater. He gained international acclaim playing the lead role in the Greek / German film Eduart. He produced and starred in the Oscar-Nominated short film Shok, which portrayed elements of his life. He performed in both Doruntine and The Sworn Virgin with Blessed Unrest and Teatri Oda.


Daniela Markaj graduated from the Faculty of Arts, Pristina University. She's been part of several plays, performances, movies and TV series, to mention: The Hypocrites or the English Patient (Multimedia); Trojan Women (La Mama); Shtëpia pa Dritare, Gazetarja e Kulturës Vetëvritet (National Theatre of Kosovo); Lufta e Tretë Botërore (ODA); Bits and Pieces (Artpolis); Nursery Crymes (Mischief La-Bas). She performed at the 2018 HAPU festival with Ups and Downs, the first dance theatre company in Kosovo. 


Nancy McArthur is a New York City-based actor, musician, & teaching artist. Born in Washington, D.C., she lived in Turkey, Greece, Switzerland, and Thailand. Recent credits include: Athens on the Half Shell (LaGuardia Performing Arts Center), This Is Modern Art (NYTW), The Snow Queen (New Ohio), and Shenandoah (Prague Fringe). Nancy holds a BFA from the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU, Tisch. This will be her third show with Blessed Unrest (previously: This Is Modern Art and The Snow Queen, winner of the 2018 NY IT Award for Best Production of a Play).

 

Florent Mehmeti (co-director) has 18 years of experience as a theatre professional and is fluent in English, Albanian, and Serbo-Croatian. He earned a BA in Theatre and Film Directing from the University of Prishtina. He served as Manager for PR and Development at the National Theatre in Prishtina from 2000-2002. He co-founded Teatri ODA in 2003 and also co-founded the Contemporary Art Centre in 2002, both in Prishtina. He was the founder of HAPU - a festival for art in public spaces in 2015 in Kosovo, and was the initiator and currently president of Cultural Forum - a network of independent cultural organization in Kosovo. Artistic work in theatre includes: Little Red Riding Hood in Danger (2000-2001 - street theatre for children, performed over 200 times in different locations in Kosova); The Rose Tattoo (2001, National Theatre Prishtina); Vagina Monologues (2003, ODA Theatre Prishtina, the play that launched ODA Theatre); Three Fat Germans (2004, ODA Theatre, a comedy generated from a laboratory with the artists); American Buffalo (2006, ODA Theatre, in English with Albanian subtitles); The Town is Growing (2007, ODA Theatre Prishtina); MadHouse (2007, Tetovo Theatre, Macedonia); Illyrian-Roman War (2008, ODA Theatre); Doruntine (co-production of ODA Theatre & Blessed Unrest of New York, USA. 2008, 2015 in New York; 2009 on tour in Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia; 2016 winner First Prize Secondo Festival, Zurich, Switerland) Albanicum (2009, Tetovo Theatre, Macedonia); Picnic on the Battlefield (2009, ODA Theatre). Film and television work includes documentaries, short fiction, sitcoms and other TV programs. He has been actively involved in the law making and cultural policy making process, and initiating, managing and supervising many cultural and artistic programs for more than 20 years.

Matt Opatrny (playwright) is a co-founder and Managing Director of Blessed Unrest. With Blessed Unrest Matt wrote The Snow Queen (2018 Innovative Theatre Award winner for Outstanding Production and nominee for Outstanding Script) Burn, Crave, Hold (2008 Innovative Theatre Award winner for Outstanding Production and nominee for Outstanding Script) and Body: Anatomies of Being, adapted A Christmas Carol,co-wrote The Sworn Virginand Doruntine (with Lirak Çelaj of Teatri Oda, Kosovo, first prize winner at 2016 Secondo Festival, Switzerland), co-wrote Eurydice's Dream and ArtCamp SexyTime FootBall, and co-adapted Lying and Certain Things Which I Will Call Sacred.  He has performed in international tours of The Sworn Virginand Doruntine, has performed Off-Broadway with the Roundabout and Mint Theater Companies, and has extensive regional credits. Opatrny co-created and leads Blessed Unrest's training program. Matt has taught at Prishtina University (Kosovo), Western Washington University, Stephens College (MO), Presbyterian College (SC), Clemson University (SC), Texas Tech University, Centenary College (NJ), Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, and for school groups visiting New York including from Seoul Institute of the Arts (Korea). He has served on grant review panels including DCA, LMCC and A.R.T./New York.  He has trained with the SITI Company and at Clemson University, where he also received a degree in Biological Sciences, and owes much of who he is to the sea turtles of Costa Rica.

Becca Schneider has performed in Blessed Unrest's productions of Platonov and A Christmas Carol. Becca is Co-Artistic Director of Between Two Boroughs and has produced and performed in Cannibal Galaxy: a love story (New York Premiere), Summertime, and The Understudy. Other NYC and regional credits include Romeo & Juliet (Westport Country Playhouse), The Music Man (Sharon Playhouse), The TempestTaming of the Shrew (Connecticut Free Shakespeare) for which she also served as Musical Director, As You Like ItAs I Lay DyingThree Sisters (Columbia Stages), Big River (Unquowa Rep), Gruff! The Musical (Doppelskope), and Cyrano de Bergerac (National Theatre for Arts & Education Tour). Becca is a proud Muhlenberg College graduate. 

 

Ilire Vinca, an internationally renowned theatre and film actress, is in her third production with Blessed Unrest. Her first production, Doruntine, won first prize at Secondo Theatre Festival in Zurich 2016. Some of her latest work includes Night MotherHipocritesKorca's Karnevals, and Trojan Woman with La Mamma. Her film credits include The Forgiveness of Blood (winner of the Silver Bear), and Sworn Virgin at Berlinale. She is a professor of acting at The University of Prishtina. 

Perri Yaniv appeared in the world premiere of Glory Kadigan's Till We Meet Again under the direction of Tony Award winner Tonya Pinkins, and was awarded Outstanding Featured Actor at the Planet Connections Theater Festival for his work in Barefoot Theater Company's revival of Joe Pintauro's Raft of the Medusa. He has originated roles in works by John Patrick Shanley, Candido Tirado, Erik Ehn, Maurice Decaul, and Owen Panettieri. Other recent credits include The Brutes (New Ohio), The Plantation (Brave New World), and title roles in revivals of Mayakovsky's The BedBug, Shaw's Don Juan in Hell, and Ansky's The Dybbuk. Film work includes Winter Has No SunDelivery HourAl Qarem, and short films that have screened at multiple film festivals: Z-StuyUntowardStreet Pillow, and Purity. 

 

Blessed Unrest Theatre is in its 18th year of generating original theatre in NYC and touring internationally. They use the safe structure of training, workshops, rehearsal and performance to create an environment where dangerous things can happen. They are a physical theatre ensemble producing dynamic, disciplined, and exuberant new works in NYC and abroad, building original pieces and reconstructing established texts with their diverse ensemble. They have staged over 30 productions (17 world premieres) at New York Theatre Workshop Next Dorr, New Ohio Theatre, PS122, The Public Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Interart Theatre, NYU, Columbia, Manhattan School of Music, Exit Theatre (CA), and Emelin Theatre (Westchester). They have held residencies at New Victory, New Ohio, IRT, and Interart theatres.

 

They believe artistic collaboration breaks down cultural barriers and builds international bridges. They have been collaborating with Teatri ODA of Kosovo since 2005, creating bilingual (English/Albanian) plays and performing in NYC (first ever US/Kosovar theatre collaboration in the US), Western Europe, and on tours through the Balkans. 

 

Blessed Unrest has been honored with five NY Innovative Theatre Awards among 16 nominations, including the 2014 Cino Fellowship for Sustained Excellence and Outstanding Production of a Play (2008 and 2018). Artistic Director Jessica Burr received the 2011 League of Professional Theatre Women's Lucille Lortel Award for her work as a director and the body of work Blessed Unrest has created under her leadership. They were awarded first prize by the 2016 Secondo Theatre Festival (Zurich, Switzerland). http://blessedunrest.org/

 

Teatri Oda was founded in 2002 in Prishtina, Kosovo, shortly after the war with Slobodan Milosevic's Serb forces and the breakup of Yugoslavia. (Kosovo, which officially declared independence in 2008 after nine years as a UN protectorate, is predominately ethnically Albanian and closely tied to the neighboring nation of Albania.) Teatri Oda was the first independent arts organization in the region, and is committed to the professional development of the theatrical art, encouraging inter-relations with other arts, and building a strong cultural foundation for coming generations. A registered NGO, Oda is determined to play a role in the strengthening of the cultural sector of society and the building of a democratic and open Kosovo. http://teatrioda.com/

 

Metropolitan Klezmer, now celebrating their 25th anniversary, has performed from coast to coast and on the air from NPR to HBO. An octet in full, the group originally formed to showcase the artistry of master Yiddish reed stylist Howie Leess (1920-2003), and has released five albums to date including their latest: "Mazel Means Good Luck." The ensemble's multi-media concert "Music from Yiddish Cinema" has drawn overflow audiences to Lincoln Center and beyond for lushly-arranged soundtrack variations, and multiple band members have also been recently featured in stage productions from Jill Sobule's "Music from Yentl" to bandleader Eve Sicular's musical documentary theater hit "J.Edgar Klezmer: Songs from My Grandmother's FBI Files." Their wide-ranging neo-traditional as well as original repertoire ranges in style from Albanian to Latin Jazz to Zydeco. Their live recording of "Di Fire Korbunes," a nearly-forgotten 1911 Yiddish ballad of the Triangle Fire (for the centenary memorial concert at Cooper Union), is now in the permanent collection of The Museum of The City of New York. In addition to numerous honors from NYSCA, Sparkplug Foundation, OUTmusic, and NYC's Department of Cultural Affairs, Metropolitan Klezmer has enjoyed surprise guest visits from Paquito D'Rivera, and has just been awarded support from LMCC's Creative Engagement  for their "Jubilation!" octet concert series throughout Manhattan in celebration of their quarter century and counting.

 

The trio of Metropolitan Klezmer instrumentalists to be featured in REFUGE are clarinet/saxophonist Debra Kreisberg (also heard with Taylor Mac, Natalie Merchant, and Los Mas Valientes, to name but a few), accordion/multi-instrumentalist Ismail Butera (founding member of Metropolitan Klezmer who has also appeared with klezmer artists from Andy Statman to David Krakauer), and drummer Eve Sicular (leader for both Metropolitan Klezmer and sister sextet Isle of Klezbos, also a film historian noted for work on "The Yiddish Celluloid Closet" in international lectures and publications). Kreisberg, an alumna of Eastman and Manhattan Schools of Music, is also a noted composer. Sicular received her degree in Russian History & Literature from Harvard.

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 40 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries), and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice.

 

Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, New Georges, The Acting Company, Aquilla and MCC. Dance companies such as Dzul Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women.  BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including ensembles such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, and pianists Sara Davis Buechner and 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, Michael Brown. BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan. Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2018-19 season.

Baruch Performing Arts Center 

and

Fresh Squeezed Opera 

present the NYC Premiere of

Bound

April 13-18, 2019

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center and Fresh Squeezed Opera will co-present the NYC Premiere of composer Huang Ruo and librettist Bao-Long Chu's one-act chamber opera Bound in a new production by Ashley Tata. Performances from April 13-18, 2019 at Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue (25th Street between Third and Lexington Avenues), NYC. Tickets are $16-36 and may be purchased at www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac.

 

Bound is based on the true story of Diane Tran, a second generation Vietnamese American and 11th grade honor student who takes two jobs to support her family after her parents' divorce. As the eldest child, she is bound by her Vietnamese heritage to care for her siblings after her mother leaves. When Diane's overextended schedule results in multiple absences from school, the administration exercises its right under Texas law and sends her to court, where she is sentenced to a short jail term. 

Combining Eastern and Western instruments and musical techniques, Boundfluidly interweaves the past and the present as it explores the cultural conflicts immigrants face on a daily basis. "To me, a Vietnamese refugee living in America," says librettist Bao-Long Chu, "the notion of being bound to one's culture (and the struggles therein) is not just an idea, but my life writ large." 

 

The cast features soprano Fang-Tao Jiang as Diane, mezzo-soprano Guang Yang as Diana's mother Khan, baritone Andrew Wannigman as Stanley, bass/baritone Daniel Klein as Judge Moriarty, and Zhou Yi on pipa. The production team includes Alex Wen (Music Director), Ashley Tata (Stage Director), Aislinn Curry (Production Manager), Carl Whipple (Technical Director), David Bengali (Projection/Video Designer), Corina Louise Chase (Costume Designer), Abigail Hoke-Brady (Lighting Designer), and Stephan Moravski (Scenic Designer).

 

Huang Ruo (Composer/Music Director) has been lauded by The New Yorkeras "one of the world's leading young composers" and by The New York Timesfor having "a distinctive style." His vibrant and inventive musical voice draws equal inspiration from Chinese ancient and folk music, Western avant-garde, experimental, noise, natural and processed sound, rock, and jazz. As a member of the new generation of Chinese composers, his goal is not just to mix both Western and Eastern elements, but also to create a seamless, organic integration. Huang Ruo's diverse compositional works span from orchestra, chamber music, opera, theater, and dance, to cross-genre, sound installation, multi-media, experimental improvisation, folk rock, and film. Huang Ruo was the first composer-in-residence of Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. He is also in residence at the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan. Huang Ruo was born in Hainan Island, China in 1976-the year the Chinese Cultural Revolution ended. His father, who is also a composer, began teaching him composition and piano when he was six years old. Growing up in the 1980s and 1990s, when China was opening its gate to the Western world, he received both traditional and Western education at the Shanghai Conservatory of Music. He moved to the United States to further his education, earning his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in composition from the Juilliard School.

 

Ashley Tata (Director) is a director of multi-media works of theater, contemporary opera, performance, live music and immersive experiences. Her work has been presented in venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally including LA Opera, The Miller Theater, Mass MoCA, National Sawdust, The Kitchen, EMPAC, Dixon Place, Roulette Intermedium, HERE Arts Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, The Crossing the Line Festival, the Holland Festival, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the Bard Fisher Center. She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has taught or guest taught at Harvard University, MIT, Marymount Manhattan College, Colgate College, Bard College, LIU Post and NYU. She is the recipient of the Lotos Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in Arts and Sciences and a winner of the 2017 Robert L. B. Tobin Director/Designer grant. Recently: Found Sound Nation's Mosaic International (Big Ears Festival); David T. Little's Soldier Songs (LA Opera); Kate Soper's Ipsa Dixit (Miller Theater); and Associate Director of Oklahoma! (St. Ann's Warehouse).ashleytata.com

 

Fang-Tao Jiang (Diane Tran) Since soprano Fang Tao Jiang's solo debut in Rutter's Requiem at Carnegie Hall, her career has found a home both on opera and concert stages. Recent career credits include solo and operatic roles with Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Utah Festival Opera, Rome Opera, and Carnegie Hall Music Explorer Concerts, among others. Her critically acclaimed contributions to new music include the leading role Song Ching-Ling in composer Huang Ruo's opera Dr. Sun Yat-sen in concert. The New York Times heralded her performance as "strong" and praised her "ably brought out the drama and intensity..." Jiang is frequently featured on WQXR, WNYC, CCBC and Xinhua News.

 

Founded in 2013, Fresh Squeezed Opera dedicates itself to providing composers with a platform to present their new music, specifically focusing on vocal works and fully-staged opera. In its five years of operation, the company has presented over 25 composers' works, with consistently sold-out houses as a testament to the power of new music. Fully staged operatic productions include the World Premieres of Spencer Snyder's Scopes, Whitney George's The Yellow Wallpaper, and Jillian Flexner's La Zombiata, as well asthe New York Premieres of Constantin Basica's Knot An Opera!, Kevin Wilt's Prix Fixe, and Bruce Trinkley's Baby Shower.

www.FreshSqueezedOpera.com

 

Baruch Performing Arts Center is an acclaimed performing arts presence. Located in the heart of Manhattan just east of Chelsea and the famed flatiron building, BPAC presents renowned classical music, opera, jazz, theater, dance, discussion, film, and innovative cross-genre programming. BPAC has presented over 1,000 cultural programs in its 5 spaces since 2003. Its curated season of 40 programs annually emphasizes new work experienced in intimate settings, the diversity of American culture as exemplified by Baruch students (who come from 130 different countries), and work that lives at the confluence of art and social justice. 

 

Past presentations have included theatre companies such as the National Asian American Theatre Company, Folksbiene, New Georges, The Acting Company, Aquilla and MCC.  Dance companies such as Dzul Dance, José Limón, and Urban Bush Women.  BPAC is the New York home of the Alexander String Quartet and presents a rich chamber music season including ensembles such as the Israeli Chamber Project, Cantata Profana, and pianists Sara Davis Buechner and 2018 Lincoln Center Emerging Artist, Michael Brown.  BPAC offers a jazz series named for bassist and faculty member Milt Hinton, which has featured artists such as Grammy-Award winner Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. Discussion program have included writers Teju Cole, Colum McCann and Amitav Ghosh, actress Linda Lavin, and thought leaders such as Gloria Steinem and U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan.  Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2018-19 season.

 

 

BARUCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 2018/2019 SEASON  | Open: 08/15/18 Close: 08/15/18
Baruch Performing Arts Center announces their 2018/2019 season, featuring premieres by composers Huang Ruo, Gregory Spears, and the late Matt Marks, and choreographer Dusan Týnek. The season includes the 27th year of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives series, a 5th Anniversary celebration of the CUNY Dance Initiative, and work in progress by veteran writer-performer Penny Arcade. For more information and tickets, visit http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac/. All performances take place at 55 Lexington Ave. (enter 25th Street between Lexington & 3rd Aves.)

 

"BPAC is your arts center and we hope that you'll come celebrate with us," said Ted Altschuler, director of Baruch Performing Arts Center. "Our 2018-19 season is all about celebrating diverse cultures and perspectives with compelling programs that are relevant to the issues of the day. Get close by experiencing performances in intimately scaled venues. Go deep by engaging with artists as they create work. Come often because we keep our prices affordable."

 

Visit www.baruch.cuny.edu/bpac for complete and up-to-date information on the 2018-19 season.

 

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble

August 2016 Season presents
Violetta & her Sisters

in The Rose Nagelberg Theater

at the Baruch Performing Arts Center
55 Lexington Avenue

August 13-28, 2016

 

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble presents the company’s August 2016 Season – Violetta & her Sisters – featuring Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, Jules Massenet’s Manon, a semi-staged Scenes from the demi-monde, with excerpts from Puccini’s La Rondine and Leoncavallo’s La bohème, and a recital featuring the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, with settings by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Vierne, d’Indy, Loeffler and others.

 

Violetta & her Sisters will be performed in The Rose Nagelberg Theater at the Baruch Performing Arts Center, with 14 performances from August 13-28, 2016. La traviata will be performed on August 13-14, 25, and 27 at 7:30pm, and August 20-21 at 2pm; Manon on August 20, 22, 24, 26 at 7:30pm and August 28 at 2pm; Scenes from the demi-monde on August 19 and 23 at 7:30pm and a very special recital Chansons de Baudelaire on August 27 at 2pm.

 

“This season promises to be our very finest, as we institute a new Opera Leaders Mentorship Program, through which our young stage directors, stage managers, designers, conductors, and pianists will receive expert guidance ‘on the job,’" said Chris Fecteau, Artistic Director of dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. “Our vocal artists will enjoy a larger orchestra and more generous coaching allotments than in previous years. We know our audiences will feel the difference.”

 

Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata (libretto by Francesco Maria Paive) will be conducted by John Spencer IV and directed by Kyle Pfortmiller, and features Bonnie Frauenthal, Margaret Newcomb, Jeremy Brauner, Jose Heredia, Jeremiah Johnson, Paul Khoury, Magda Gartner, Hillary Grobe, Natasha Nelson, Ileana Santamaria, Ting Li, Chris Lilley, Nobuki Momma, Kofi Hayford, and Nick Webb; Jules Massenet’s Manon (libretto by Henri Meilhac and Philippe Gille) will be conducted by Chris Fecteau and directed by Victoria Crutchfield, featuring Olivia Betzen, Sean Christensen, Stan Lacy, Nick Webb, Ting Li, Nobuki Momma, Kristina Malinauskaite, Perri Sussman, Magda Gartner, and Kofi Hayford; Scenes from the demi-monde will be directed by Joule Voelz and Brittany Goodwin, and conducted by David Štech.  Scenic design for the season by Courtney Nelson, costume design by Carly Bradt (Traviata) and Nina Bova (Manon), and lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins.

 

About dell’Arte Opera Ensemble 

The gap between academic training and a flourishing career is wide, and few singers can bridge it without the kind of assistance that dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has been providing in New York City at no cost to singers for the past twelve years. The company’s dual mission is to nurture emerging opera artists through rehearsal and performance opportunities, seminars, and master classes, and to attract new audiences by offering them high-quality opera presentations featuring exciting young artists at little-or no-cost. Our emphasis is on ‘learning by doing,’ backed by the philosophy that only superior craft creates great art.  dell’Arte is committed to the essential building blocks of opera: great singing, great music, and great acting. Singers working with dell’Arte range from those who have just exited school to those pursuing regional careers and even to those performing on the roster of The Metropolitan Opera.  Participating singers attend master classes, receive private coaching, enjoy the support of enthusiastic and talented colleagues, and collaborate with professional instrumentalists, culminating in a highly enriching performance experience.  Audiences enjoy the fresh excitement of experiencing role debuts and witnessing important landmarks in each singer’s artistic process.  www.dellarteopera.org

 

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble presents the next segment of the company’s August 2016 Season – Violetta & her Sisters – featuring Scenes from the demi-monde on August 19 & 23 at 7:30pm. Scenes from the demi-monde a semi-staged presentation of excerpts from Puccini’s La Rondine and Leoncavallo’s La Bohème, will be directed by Joule Voelz and Brittany Goodwin, and conducted by David Štech. Scenic design for the season by Courtney Nelson, costume design by Carly Bradt (traviata) and Nina Bova (Manon), and lighting design by Mary Ellen Stebbins.

 

dell’Arte Opera Ensemble August 2016 Season – Violetta & her Sisters – also features Giuseppe Verdi’s La traviata, Jules Massenet’s Manon, and a recital featuring the poetry of Charles Baudelaire, with settings by Debussy, Fauré, Duparc, Vierne, d’Indy, Loeffler and others. For tickets and more information visit www.dellarteopera.org.

 

About dell’Arte Opera Ensemble 

The gap between academic training and a flourishing career is wide, and few singers can bridge it without the kind of assistance that dell’Arte Opera Ensemble has been providing in New York City at no cost to singers for the past twelve years. The company’s dual mission is to nurture emerging opera artists through rehearsal and performance opportunities, seminars, and master classes, and to attract new audiences by offering them high-quality opera presentations featuring exciting young artists at little-or no-cost. Our emphasis is on ‘learning by doing,’ backed by the philosophy that only superior craft creates great art. dell’Arte is committed to the essential building blocks of opera: great singing, great music, and great acting. Singers working with dell’Arte range from those who have just exited school to those pursuing regional careers and even to those performing on the roster of The Metropolitan Opera. Participating singers attend master classes, receive private coaching, enjoy the support of enthusiastic and talented colleagues, and collaborate with professional instrumentalists, culminating in a highly enriching performance experience. Audiences enjoy the fresh excitement of experiencing role debuts and witnessing important landmarks in each singer’s artistic process. www.dellarteopera.org

Circo De La Luna  | Open: 04/20/16 Close: 04/22/16
 

Rockitaerials presents

the New York City Premiere of

Circo de la Luna

Baruch Performing Arts Center

April 20-22, 2016 at 7:30pm

 

 

Rockitaerials presents the New York City premiere of Circo de la Luna on April 20-22, 2016 at 7:30pm at the Rose Nagelburg Theater, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Avenue  (entrance on 25th Street), New York, NY.   Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/calendar/ or by calling Ovationtix at 866-811-4111.

 

Circo de la Luna is a contemporary circus with a celestial theme that blends vivid Spanish and Latin culture with the magic of the galactic world above created by NYC-based aerialist Amanda Topaz in Partnership with Sonia Olla and Ismael Fernandez.

 

Circo de la Luna is a moonstruck circus journey that tells the story of a disgruntled New York City dweller who receives a mysterious package in the mail and is whisked away on a magical journey to Spain, Cuba, and beyond. Performed in front of a projected backdrop of lush architectural images created by photographers Thierry Dehove and Marc Goodwin, Circo de la Luna transports audiences with the hypnotic rhythm of an antique carousel slide projector, sharing the beauty of Spanish and Latin music and landscapes, inspiring us all to explore the beauty of other cultures – near or far.

 

Acts will include comedy by Mark Gindick (Big Apple Circus), Boleadoras by AJ Silver (Hungarian National Circus), Aerial Moon and Silk by Amanda Topaz (Rockitaerials), Aerial Hoop by Sarah Sophie Flicker (Citizen’s Band), Contortion by Anna Venizelos of the Venizelos Sisters and Olga Karmansky. The evening is choreographed by Sonia Olla, Pedro Ruiz, and Valeria Solomonoff, and directed by Mark Lonergan (Parallel Exit and Big Apple Circus). 

 

About Circo de la Luna

Circo de la Luna is a cross-cultural circus charged with Flamenco and latin music, created by NYC aerialist Amanda Topaz in partnership with the Spanish flamenco dancer Sonia Olla.  Originally created for a Latin Audience in Atlantic City, Circo de la Luna grew to include the salsa music of Celia Cruz and tango of Astor Piazzolla, making it a circus night for Latin Music lovers of three continents. The idea of Circo de la Luna is to introduce circus acts to traditional dance choreographers to create a thought-provoking circus for Spanish and Latin Music lovers and children of all ages.  The name "Circo de la Luna" was born out of wanting to create the Spanish equivalent to the incomparable Cirque du Soleil.  Circo de la Luna celebrates the love of foreign neighbors, culture, music and dance - especially Flamenco. For more information visit www.circodelaluna.com

 

Ismael Fernandez (Flamenco Vocalist) Born in Seville, Spain, of Gypsy descent, Ismael Fernández grew up performing in flamenco festivals throughout the world with his internationally renowned family, “La Familia Fernández.” His professional career began in Spain’s premier flamenco tablaos such as “El Cordobes” (Barcelona), “La Carboneria” (Seville) and the famous flamenco cuevas, or caves, of Granada. In 2004, Ismael won the National Contest of Cordoba, singing bulerías for famed dancer Soraya Clavijo, and that same year he was a finalist in the Festival De Cante De La Union. Ismael also regularly participates with his family in the celebrated Bienal de Flamenco de Sevilla.In 2004, Ismael won the National Competition for Cordoba singing bulerías. Soraya Clavijo.  That same year he was a finalist in the Festival de Cante Union accompanying the dance and has participated several times in the Bienal de Flamenco show with his family.  Throughout his expansive career, Ismael has worked with flamenco legends such as Antonio Canales, Farruquito, Marina Heredia and El Torombo, to name a few. Hailed by The Washington Post as the “most charismatic performer” and a “connection to the Gyspy source,” Ismael has made several radio and television appearances, most notably Tele5, Radio Nacional de España, Cadena Ser, Punto Radio, and Onda Cero.  For several years, Ismael has been a featured company member of internationally acclaimed dancer Maria Pages.

 

Sarah Sophie Flicker (Lyra) is an activist, performer, aerialist, writer, filmaker, and Creative Director of the political cabaret troupe, The Citizens Band. She is the Editor-At-Large for Violet Book. Her writing can be found at Hello Giggles, Rookie Magazine, Refinery 29, The CutCosmo.com, Violet Book, Stylist, Rizzoli's publication "The Inspired Home," and her own site, At Once, which focuses on the intersection of feminism and parenthood. Along with Lizz Winstead she helped found Lady Parts Justice – a reproductive rights and Get-Out-TheVote campaign using humor and media to expose anti-women legislation and otherwise inform on the local and federal level. Her award winning cinematography with co-director Maximilla Lukacs has been showcased around the globe. In 2012, along with Rebecca Parks Fernandez and Tennessee Thomas, they co-founded The Department Of Peace-- a production company geared toward creating consciousness, raising content, and inspiring political action. Their work includes the "You Don't Own Me" and " Bad Reputation" Get Out The Vote PSA'S.   She is currently collaborating with Art Not War and EMILY's List on a Paid Family Leave PSA.  Sarah Sophie currently resides in New York: a mother of  three children and married to director Jesse Peretz. 

 

Born and raised in New York, Mark Gindick (Clown) is a professional actor, clown, physical comedian, director, teacher, and creator of his own theatrical shows. Wing-Man--his original theatrical piece without one spoken word--won BEST ONE-MAN SHOW in United Solo Theatre Festival, the largest solo festival of its kind in the world. Mark has appeared in major feature films, including the Nora Ephron comedy Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep. On television, he has been featured onThe Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and  in The PBS miniseries CIRCUS. He has starred Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in the New York Times acclaimed hit The Comedy Trio Happy HourHappyhourclowns.com; and has clowned in such circuses as The Ringling Brothers and the The Big Apple Circus. He has also taught clowning at SUNY Purchase College as well as other New York City venues. Mark wrote and starred in How To Be A Man at the Palace of Variety on 42nd Street (NYC). His unique blend of vaudeville, dance, and physical comedy has earned him three Golden Nose Awards.

 

Angelo Iodice (Argentine Boleadoras) You would probably assume that trick roper AJ Silver/Angelo Iodice grew up on a ranch out west.  Well you’d be wrong!  He was born and raised in The Bronx, New York where he learned his riding and roping skills.  Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction!  As a child, Angelo was fascinated by the Cowboy and tales of the Wild West.  He saw his first rodeo at Madison Square Garden.  The skill, speed and danger of the trick riding exhibition blew his mind, and at eleven years old he found his calling:  He would be a rodeo trick rider!  As fate would have it, he met the professional rodeo couple Nick and Helen Panzella (also Bronx natives).  Helen, one of the nation’s top trick riders, was so impressed with Angelo’s determination to learn that she agreed to mentor him.  Nick, a blacksmith and rodeo competitor, taught Angelo trick roping and prepared him for life on the rodeo trail.  Every day after school, while his friends were playing stick ball, Angelo was practicing the cowboy arts with the Panzellas.  Out of respect for his Italian immigrant Grandparents, he put his rodeo career on hold to attend Pace University in Pleasantville, New York, but even there he found horses.  After graduation he was honored as the Act of the Year by the International Rodeo Association at The Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma and was accepted as a member into the Professional Rodeo Cowboy’s Association.  He eventually decided to take a break from trick riding and horses and truned his career focus on creating a western variety act combining trick roping, bullwhip artistry and boleadoras.  Under the stage name AJ Silver he currently performs his unique high energy acts in a variety of entertainment venues around the world. 

 

Olga Karmansky (Contortion and Aerial Astronaut) most recently starred as "Iris" in The Tempest at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Sam Waterston.  Performance highlights include the original cast of the revival of the Broadway smash hit Pippin (dir. Diane Paulus of Hair, Porgy & Bess & chor. Gypsy Snider of 7 doigts’ Traces), the Panic at the Disco Tour (MTV Music Video of the Year), Gymnastics Superstars Tour (USA Post-Olympic Gymnastics Tour), and the Venice Biennale International Art Festival (Venice, Italy).  Olga is a US Champion and two-time Pan American Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics.  Official Olympic Alternate Athens, Greece.

 

Mark Lonergan (Director) is the Founding Artistic Director of Parallel Exit, a three-time Drama Desk Award nominee for Unique Theatrical Experience. As a director for the past 20 years, he has overseen numerous plays, musicals, variety shows, and dance productions, including Everybody Gets Cake, Room 17B, Cut to The Chase, and This Way That Way (all at 59E59 Theaters); Time Step (The New Victory Theater); Exit Stage Left (Lincoln Center); I Love Bob and Powerhouse (Joyce SoHo); and Velocity (Guggenheim Museum). Mark’s work has toured throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, at festivals such as the Festival of Dreams in Austria, the COS Festival in Spain, the We Love Dance Festival in Japan, the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in the United States, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland (Awarded: Spirit of the Fringe). Mark is the Guest Director of the 2015-16 Big Apple Circus production The Grand Tour. He also leads workshops and master classes in acting and physical theatre for a number of colleges throughout the country. You can learn more about Mark and Parallel Exit by visiting www.parallelexit.com.

 

Born in Barcelona, Sonia Olla (Flamenco Dance)is a well-known flamenco dancer.  She trained in Condal at the Instituto de Teatro y Danza where she specialized in Flamenco dance.  After training with high caliber flamenco artists and teachers such as Merche Esmeralda, Manolo Marin, Mariquilla, and Antonio Canales, she began her professional career in the Rafael Amargo Company followed by other artistic collaborations--notably with  Domingo Ortega, Aida Gomez, Nuevo Ballet Espanol, Eva la Hierbabena, Rafaela Carrasco, and Maria Pages.  Recently Sonia choreographed the number “la isla bonita” for Madonna’s tour and was seen in Madonna’s latest documentary.

 

Pedro Ruiz (Choreographer) is a renowned choreographer and dancer who was born and trained (Raised??) in Cuba, as well as in Venezuela. He and his family arrived in the United States in 1984, and he became a U.S. citizen ten years later. He was a principal dancer at Ballet Hispanico for 21 years, where he also choreographed three critically acclaimed ballets for the company. Ruiz has also choreographed works for The Joffrey Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Chicago’s Luna Negra Dance Theater. Ruiz has performed at the White House for two presidents (why doesn't he say which two?). His dances have been called “a silky, sexy joy” by the New York Times, “especially fine work of form and structure” by the New York Post, and “timeless” by Time Out magazine.  He was recently featured in the documentary “Coming Home” on channel 13. For information on Pedro’s future cultural exchange projects in Cuba, go to www.thewindowsproject.org.

 

Amanda Topaz (Aerialist: Tissú and Moon/Creative Director) is a New York City Aerial artist who has created and performed aerial pieces and installations for celebrations around the globe.  Starting on the ground with Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, and Ornette Coleman in “? Civiliazation” at Lincoln Center, Amanda evolved to Bungee performance for the Turkish Pop-Star, Tarkan in Baku Azerbaijan. Amanda works closely with companies and curators who come to her for unique aerial performances.  In 2005, Amanda lost 75% of her hearing in both ears and was forced to have surgery to recover it.  Through extensive training and perseverance she was able to overcome the vertigo that followed to acquire new directional skills and equilibrium in the air.  Recent collaborations include the fashion film Fundipendulous for VPL, Equilibrium with choreographer Benoit Swan Pouffer, Citizen’s Band, two years of The Genius Gala at the Liberty Science Center — a cube act to honor Erno Rubik, and a crescent moon number to honor Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Buzz Aldrin — a duet with opera singer Denyce Graves for the Susan G. Komen Foundation at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, creation of an aerial installation for Cedar Lake Dance, and working with sculptor Marianne Vitale to create an aerial component to fill vertical space in an installation for Performa, NYC. She draws inspiration from learning about the people for whom she creates, and especially the beauty of the ceilings where she hangs.  Amanda holds a BFA from The New School for Social Research Jazz and Contemporary Music Program.

 

Anna Venizelos (Contortion/Aerial Astronaut) has returned to New York City following a three-year contract with Cirque du Soleil's Quidam. During the Asia/Pacific tour in 2004, she participated in the aerial hoops act as part of a women's trio. In 2006 during the North America/Canada Tour, Anna took on the featured solo, contortion in silks. Anna has also performed with Montreal based circus companies, Les Gens d'R and Cirque Eloize. Before taking on her aerial career, Anna attended NYU's School of Education as a Dance Major in addition to spending a year studying theater at Emerson College.

 

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Emergence  | Open: 04/22/14 Close: 04/22/14
Eryc Taylor Dance, Inc. (ETD) presents Emergence on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at the Rose Nagelberg Theater at Baruch College Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC, at 6pm and also at 8:30pm.  Emergence, an evening of dance, will feature original pieces choreographed by recipients of 2013 ETD grants for aspiring choreographers, as well as a piece by Eryc Taylor.  Tickets are $25 ($15 for students and seniors) and are available at 866-811-4111 and online atwww.theatermania.com.   A gala reception ($100 ticket) will take place between shows and will include a meet and greet with the choreographers as well as an open wine bar.

 

The featured choreographers were chosen by ETD after an open application process entered by many applicants.  Grant monies were used to pay expenses incurred by these choreographers in developing the pieces being presented on April 22nd.

Human Fruit Bowl  | Open: 03/27/14 Close: 04/11/14
Ever wonder what goes through the mind of a live nude model while she poses? Structured as a live fine art modeling session, HUMAN FRUIT BOWL attempts to answer that question while it delves into the mysterious death of Renee Monchaty, muse and model to legendary French painter Pierre Bonnard. Part story, part mystery, and part art history, it is a unique and compelling look at the complicated relationships between artists and their models.

After winning the FringeNYC Overall Excellence Award and the Creative Award for Best Production at Prague Fringe Festival, HUMAN FRUIT BOWL makes the leap to Off-Broadway


About the Company: TerraNOVA RX

Over the past 11 years, terraNOVA has developed more than 90 plays through the Groundbreakers Playwrights Group. It has also given a platform to approximately 320 solo artists in the soloNOVA Arts program. Founded in 2004, The soloNOVA Arts Festival was New York's longest-running solo performance festival

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the TRU Producer Bootcamp, Raising Money for Theater: Who, How and When to Ask on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10am-6pm at The Skylight Room at Mason Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 17 Lexington Avenue at 23rd Street, 3rd floor, NYC.  The cost to participate is $175 ($150 for TRU members), there is an early-bird discount of an additional $25 off – deadline is extended to Wednesday 2/12 with code PR25.  For more information and an application, visit http://www.truonline.org/BootCampMoney14.htm

This all-day intensive workshop will address many crucial aspects of raising money for theater.  Participants will learn pitching techniques, presentation skills, legal requirements, and effective business planning.  They will gain a wealth of first-hand experience from more than a half dozen producers and other experts who are currently active in the Broadway and off-Broadway worlds.

 

This year’s faculty will include producers Patrick Blake (The Exonerated, Play Dead), Cheryl Wiesenfeld (Porgy & Bess, Legally Blonde, A Steady Rain, Elaine Stritch: At Liberty, The Exonerated, Play Dead); Jane Dubin (Peter and the Starcatcher, The 39 Steps, The Norman Conquests), Meredith Lucio (Porgy & Bess, The 39 Steps); producer/investor Neil Danoff (Lucky Guy, Matilda, Glengarry Glen Ross revival, Evita revival, The Addams Family, Spring Awakening); plus attorney Erach Screwvala; and financial advisor Bailie Slevin. Producer RK Greene (Peter & the Starcatcher, Cougar the musical, Room Service) will present an special segment on putting together an effective business plan to support that “ask” for money.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-one year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation, as well as support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

Tru Voices New Musicals Reading Series  | Open: 01/13/14 Close: 02/03/14
Free readings of Wild & Willful Women, Brindlebeast, and Popesical

Mondays, January 13, 20 and February 3, 2014 at The Baruch Performing Arts Center

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) announces the 2014 Musical Reading Series on Monday, January 13, Monday, January 20, and February 3, 2014 at 7pm at the Engelman Recital Hall, Baruch Performing Arts Center, 55 Lexington Ave, NYC.  Tickets are free and may be reserved by emailing TRUStaff1@gmail.com or phoning the TRU message line at 212-714-7628. Please note that Wild & Willful Women  and Brindlebeast are already sold out, but are taking names for a waiting list. Reservations are still being taken for the third show in the series, Popesical. For more information visit www.truonline.org/TRUMusicals.htm

 

Each reading will be followed by a wine and cheese reception and “Dollars and Sense” panel discussion with prominent New York producers, general managers and artistic directors focusing on potential venues, marketing and budgeting of the works presented.

 

Monday January 13th, 7pm: producers Kimberly Eaton and Alan Swanke announce the cast of Wild and Willful Women, book and lyrics by Bill Rogers, music by Daniel Doss. This tale of love, lust ... and witchcraft will feature Mimi Bessette (Bonnie & Clyde, On the Twentieth Century, Best Little Whorehouse in Texas); Cole Burden (Les Miz, Applause, Fiction in Photographs); Al Foote (Jesus Christ Superstar, Hair, Macbeth, Henry V); Aaron David Gleason; Amber Iman (Nina Simone in Soul Doctor, currently nominated for a Clive Barnes award); Timatha Kasten; Tony LePage (Rock of Ages, originated the leading role in the Australian cast of Boy from Oz); Natalie Roy (“The Following,” The Last Five Years, Lost in Love); and Ann Talman (The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes).

 

When an intolerant Puritan minister suspects that women in his small New England village are becoming too free and independent, he launches an authoritarian campaign to make them behave.  His strict religious reformation quickly runs into trouble. Three “wild and willful” women defy his authority by choosing for themselves who to love and how to live. The minister’s son is caught in the middle. His father is convinced that the girl he loves is a witch... Does Peter dare defy authority to follow his heart?  Directed by Kimberly Loren Eaton.

 

Monday January 20th, 7pm: producers Nathan Sheffield and Debbie von Ahrens/Fat Chance Productions announce the cast of Brindlebeast, book and lyrics by Anita Riggio, music by Sila Shaman. Directed by Emily Maltby, this new musical in voice and American Sign Language about love, healing and the creative process will feature Eric Kunze (Les Miserables, Miss Saigon, Damn Yankees); Alexandria Wailes (Big River, Mother Courage and Her Children/The Public Theatre); Emily Robinson (The Orphans’ Home Cycle/The Signature Theatre); Terese Genecco; Kathy Voytko (Oklahoma!, The Pirate Queen, Next to Normal, The Frogs); James W. Guido; Bryan Seastrom; and Ann Talman (The Women, Some Americans Abroad, The House of Blue Leaves, The Little Foxes).

 

Brindlebeast blends spoken language and American Sign Language in a contemporary two act musical that braids together three strands: a love story between a hearing man who is a successful graphic novelist and a independent deaf single mother with a 14 year old girl; a story about confronting personal beasts; a chronicle of channeling that confrontation into the creative process of making a book.  Directed by Emily Maltby,

 

Monday February 3rd, 7pm: producer Bailie Slevin announces the director and cast of Popesical, a papal musical comedy with book, lyrics & music by Adam Overett. The director will be Denis Jones (Williamstown Theatre Festival -  A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; national tour of My Fair Lady and Damn Yankees; Off-Broadway, Coraline;  Paper Mill Playhouse - High School Musical , Smokey Joe’s Café, Meet Me In St. Louis, Damn Yankees).  Additional casting will be announced shortly.

 

The Pope is dead, and the Cardinals gather in the Sistine Chapel to choose a new Pope. No one has ever seen what happens -- until now. The backbiting. The sacrilege. The song-and-dance. For whom will the white smoke rise? Overett was also in the 2012 TRU Voices series with My Life Is a Musical, which was optioned from the series and is currently in commercial development.

 

Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU) is a twenty-one year old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

 

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios.

 

The Engelman Recital Hall at Baruch Performing Arts Center, is a 175-seat acoustically-sound concert hall located at 55 Lexington Avenue.  The audience uses the entrance on E. 25th St. between Lexington & 3rd Aves.  With near-perfect acoustics, it is a true gem. The NY Times chief classical music critic Anthony Tommasini called the Engelman Recital Hall "a perfect hall for chamber music (4/29/06)."

 

Programs of Theater Resources Unlimited are supported in part by public funds awarded through the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, 9th district Council Member Inez Dickens and Council Member Christine Quinn; The Montage Foundation, as well as support from the Friar’s National Foundation Association.

 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call (212) 714-7628.

 


About the Company: Theater Resources Unlimited (TRU)

Theater Resources Unlimited(TRU) is a twenty-year-old 501c3 nonprofit organization created to help producers produce, emerging theater companies to emerge healthily and all theater professionals to understand and navigate the business of theater. Membership includes self-producing artists as well as career producers and theater companies.

TRU publishes an email community newsletter of services, goods and productions; presents the TRU VOICES Annual New Play Reading Series and Annual New Musicals Reading Series, two new works series in which TRU underwrites developmental readings to nurture new shows as well as new producers for theater; TRU offers a Producer Development & Mentorship Program whose mentors are among the most prominent producers and general managers in New York Theater, and also presents Producer Boot Camp workshops to help aspirants develop the business skills they need. TRU serves writers through a Writer-Producer Speed Date, a Practical Playwriting Workshop and a Director-Writer Communications Lab; programs for actors include an Annual Combined Audition and quarterly Resource Nights and “Speed Dating” as well as free monthly actor workshops, in partnership with Weist-Barron Studios. 

For more information about TRU membership and programs, visit www.truonline.org or call 212-714-7628.

Sixth Annual Indian Classical Dance Festival  | Open: 12/08/12 Close: 12/08/12
Join us for a fun afternoon of Dazzling Indian Classical Dance at the Sixth Annual Indian Classical Arts Festival.

Bharat Natyam, Odissi, Kathak and more...

Please note that Lunch will be served to all guests who reserve their tickets by December 1st, 2012.

For details check out www.TheIndiaCenter.org

See you at the Festival!


Arts.Dance

Montera  | Open: 07/28/12 Close: 08/05/12
 MONTERA, is a human analysis of the oldest profession throughout history and the most dehumanized profession in contemporary times (prostitution). The character, La Guiri,  in a comical and fearless way stimulates your perception about the values in society, taking as a staring point her profession. She shows you that there is a part of the life that cannot be modified, that it needs just to be accepted, not with submission but with courage.

The Physicality in this play is a character itself. La Guiri’s journey is a compelling story told not just with words, but with dance and music. The character’s versatility creates a beautiful contrast between heart and fun that it is irresistible. Music, the other character of this play, is mixed and composed by DJ Walter Miller. Mr. Miller, a Newyorican, has created the perfect match between Urban sounds and mix of Latino music, fulfilling MONTERA with dynamism. MONTERA is a show with an irresistible combination of Acting, Dance and Music that makes this 65 minutes play a delight to everyone. 

Voices Inside/out  | Open: 03/05/12 Close: 03/05/12
Imagination has no barriers.

VOICES INSIDE/OUT is a benefit reading of six short plays written by inmates at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison in Kentucky. The plays were created in the three-year-old Voices Inside theater arts program at the prison.

All net proceeds support the summer playwriting program at Northpoint, and seed the second annual residency for a professional playwright to teach master classes to the prisoner-playwrights there in July 2012. We will announce the 2012 Playwright-in-Residence at the reading!


The short plays include comedies and dramas set inside and outside of prison:
MY INNER VOICE
12 MINUTES
DO WHAT'S NEXT
MAIL
CHAIN TO CHAIN
NEW FISH IN AN OLD POND
 
Directors include Mark Armstrong, Erica Gould, Mary Hodges & Daniel Talbott

The reading will be followed by a post-show reception.
Untucked, 5 Short Plays Celebrating The Lgbt Community  | Open: 10/23/11 Close: 10/25/11
FACT teams with the Baruch Performing Arts Center, their Graduate Arts department and the LGBT Society to bring 5 short plays Celebrating the LGBT Community. Included; "Mine or Yours" (Pflaster), "Palpitations" (Jackson), "Untucked"-an untold fairy tale (Dyville), "At Sea" (Emmert/Conn) and "Missed Connections" (Garcia) .

An AEA approved production thorugh a Theatre Source Benefit Code. To Benefit the Baruch LGBT Society and God's Love We Deliver.


About the Company: Friends Always Creating Theatre (F.A.C.T.)

A Company of Playwrights, Actors and Directors creating NEW Theatre year round - NYC's busiest New Off Off Broadway Company

Sin  | Open: 03/09/10 Close: 03/23/10
SIN, a mystical comedy, based on Isaac Bashevis Singer’s short story “The Unseen,” adapted by Mark Altman, will have it’s world premiere at the Baruch Performing Arts Center’s Rose Nagelberg Theatre (55 Lexington Avenue at 25th Street). Opening Wednesday, March 17, 2010, SIN is directed by Kent Paul. Previews begin Tuesday, March 9th.

Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's short story, The Unseen, Mark Altman brings the devil, demons and infidelity center stage in SIN, a new comedy that pits a happily married couple against the devil himself. On Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year, the devil and his demons descend on the tiny town of Frampol. Satan has chosen this most solemn of occasions to test the faith of a happily married couple and in the process ruins their lives. It's a devilish look at two love triangles, one human and one heavenly.

 

 

Night Sky  | Open: 05/22/09 Close: 06/20/09
NIGHT SKY, a play by Susan Yankowitz about a brilliant astronomer who loses her ability to speak, will be presented Off-Broadway this spring with previews beginning May 22 prior to its official opening June 2 in the Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. NIGHT SKY is presented Off-Broadway by Stan Raiff/Power Productions (IRENA'S VOW) in association with the National Aphasia Association.

NIGHT SKY, directed by Daniella Topol, marks the return to the New York stage of actress Jordan Baker -- in the starring role of the astronomer Anna -- last seen in NY in the original cast of Edward Albee's THREE TALL WOMEN opposite Marian Seldes and Myra Carter 15 years ago.

NIGHT SKY explores what the noted author and physicist Steven Hawking has called the two remaining mysteries -- the brain and the cosmos -- as the play looks at what happens to a bright, articulate astronomer, her family and her career when she is struck by a car and loses her ability to speak conventionally, a condition known as "aphasia." As she is left to expresses herself in an alternately funny, poetic, confusing and profound hodge-podge of words, astronomer Anna, her daughter,
fiancé and colleagues face uncommon challenges of the mind and spirit as they discover new ways to communicate, and what it really means to listen.

NIGHT SKY is inspired by and dedicated to the memory of the late, revered actor, director, playwright and founder of the Open Theatre, Joseph Chaikin, himself affected with aphasia following a stroke in 1984. Having recovered sufficiently to continue writing, directing and performing until his death in 2003, Mr. Chaikin commissioned Ms. Yankowitz to write a play that dealt with aphasia. NIGHT SKY is that play.

NIGHT SKY is presented Off-Broadway by Stan Raiff/Power Productions (producer of IRENA'S VOW last season Off-Broadway and presently on Broadway) in association with the National Aphasia Association.

Jordan Baker, starring as the astronomer Anna in NIGHT SKY, has not been seen in a New York stage since her memorable performance in the original cast of Edward Albee's 1993 Pulitzer Prize-winning play THREE TALL WOMEN with co-stars Myra Carter and Marian Seldes. Since leaving New York, Ms. Baker has appeared on several television series including as a regular on "The New Adventures of the Old Christine" opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus, along with roles on "Brothers and Sisters," "Medium," "Cold Case," "Without a Trace," "The O.C.," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "Passions," "Gilmore Girls," and "Still Standing." Ms. Baker also appeared on Broadway in GARDEN DISTRICT, which earned her a coveted Theatre World Award.

Also featured in the cast of NIGHT SKY are Jim Stanek (LESTATE, LITTLE WOMEN, THE RIVALS on Broadway), Tuck Milligan (GEM OF THE OCEAN, Broadway), Lauren Ashley Carter, Dan Domingues (KING LEAR opposite Alvin Epstein Off-Bway) and Darlesia Cearcy (THE COLOR PURPLE, Broadway).

Irena's Vow  | Open: 11/08/08 Close: 11/25/08
*Extended by popular demand*
Visit irenasvow.com to see complete list of rave reviews.

The Directors Company production of Irena's Vow, the new play by Dan Gordon, starring four-time Tony nominee, and three-time Drama Desk Award-winner Tovah Feldshuh and directed by Michael Parva, has added 20 encore performances to its current Off Broadway schedule, by popular demand. Irena's Vow, which has received dozens of critical raves, has broken all house records at its current home. The play marks Ms. Feldshuh's first New York stage appearance since her triumphant (and Tony Award-nominated) turn in Golda's Balcony. Irena's Vow, which is being presented by The Directors Company and Power Productions/Stan Raiff NY, in association with The Polish Cultural Institute in New York, is an Invictus Theatre Company world premiere.

Irena's Vow is a riveting, life affirming story about one of the most courageous and unsung heroines of World War II. During the German occupation of Poland, Irena Gut Opdyke, a Polish catholic, was forced to work as head housekeeper for a very prominent German major. Over a two year period of service, Irena would risk her own life in order to save the lives of twelve Jewish refugees whom she secretly took under her care. Irena's Vow is the extraordinary true story of one woman's choice and the twelve lives that would ultimately be saved, or lost - by her decision.

The cast includes Sandi Carroll, Tracee Chimo, Steven Hauck, Scott Klavan, Peter Reznikoff, Thomas Ryan, Gene Silvers, John Stanisci and Maja Wampuszyc.

Claymont  | Open: 02/05/08 Close: 03/02/08
It's hard to come of age in any era, but some years are better than others. The late 1960's might be considered the worst.
The Play About the Naked Guy  | Open: 02/09/08 Close: 03/02/08
In The Play About the Naked Guy, the Integrity Players, an off-off Broadway theater company dedicated to faithfully presenting the "lesser known" classics, is on the brink of shuttering. When a trio of artistically questionable though financially successful impresarios, responsible for such stage hits as "Naked Boys Running Around Naked" and "Drunk Frat Boys Making Porn," offer to help save their company, an epic and hilarious battle between commercialism and artistic allegiance ensues.
Jane Eyre  | Open: 04/23/07 Close: 05/05/07
The Acting Company proudly presents Polly Teale's groundbreaking adaptation of Jane Eyre directed by Davis McCallum, director of our critically-acclaimed 2005 production of The Turn of the Screw. Jane Eyre is Charlotte Bronte's timeless coming-of-age story of one of literature's most independent and strong-willed women. Recognized as a masterpiece when it was published in 1847, Jane Eyre remains a startlingly modern blend of passion, romance and suspense.
The Three Musketeers  | Open: 05/09/06 Close: 05/20/06
The TONY honored Acting Company presents Alexander Dumas' popular romantic, swashbuckling adventure in this entertaining new stage adaptation. This classic coming of age tale follows the brave young d'Artagnan as he changes from country boy to daring hero, not only rescuing the kidnapped Constance but also preserving the honor of the Queen herself. His journey towards maturity is enabled by Athos, Porthos and Aramis, famously known as the Three Musketeers.

The story not only traces the brave deeds of its heroes, it also chronicles the conflict between two historic periods the waning era of chivalry embodied in the Musketeers' courtly code of ethics, and the rise of the modern nation state embodied in the shrewd politics of Cardinal Richelieu. This clash of history is played out on an international stage chock full of swordfights, romance and heartbreak.

The young d'Artagnan arrives in Paris from his beloved Gascony to become a King's Musketeer and unintentionally insults the famous trio who challenge the young upstart to a duel. When the four are surprised by a gang of the Cardinal's guards, d'Artagnan springs into action and courageously helps the Three Musketeers to victory. Their alliance is continually tested until d'Artagnan outsmarts the Cardinal at his own game and is promoted to the uppermost ranks of Parisian society.

Continuing The Acting Company's 33-year commitment to producing the work of the world's greatest playwright, The Three Musketeers is presented in touring repertory with William Shakespeare's last great tragedy, Macbeth.

The Acting Company has performed 122 productions for more than two million people in the United States, London, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe. Its Education Programs -- including master classes, student matinees and weeklong artistic residencies -- have reached tens of thousands of students. The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director, Margot Harley, with the first graduating class of The Juilliard School's Drama Division. Winner of the Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Critics Awards for excellence, The Acting Company is a 2003 TONY Honoree for Excellence in Theater.

See for yourself what makes The Acting Company the most respected and praised touring repertory theater in America.

Shakespeare's Macbeth  | Open: 05/11/06 Close: 05/13/06
The TONY honored Acting Company presents Macbeth, the last of Shakespeare's great tragedies. Combining swift action and soaring poetry, we follow one man's rash power-play for the crown. Ambition infects Macbeth's brain like a virus upon hearing three witches predict that he will one day be king. Spurred on by his equally ambitious wife, he murders the good King Duncan. One evil deed leads to the next, unleashing an escalating cascade of violence, guilt, sleeplessness, paranoia and madness.

Macbeth reflects on his actions in some of the most sublime soliloquies in the Shakespearean canon as he rushes headlong towards his demise. This is a poisonous world where, as the witches intone at the very start, "fair is foul and foul is fair," where values are reversed and nothing is what it seems to be. From the prophecies of the Weird Sisters to the silent appearance of Banquo's ghost, the supernatural plays a central role in this historically-based tragedy. But so does psychology and Shakespeare focuses a laser like intensity on the disintegrating mental state of the murderous king. With almost no diversionary subplots, Macbeth is thrillingly direct in its stark demonstration of the corrupting power of evil.

Macbeth continues The Acting Company's 33-year commitment to producing the work of the world's greatest playwright and is presented in touring repertory with Alexander Dumas' The Three Musketeers.

The Acting Company has performed 122 productions for more than two million people in the United States, London, Australia, Russia and Eastern Europe. Its Education Programs -- including master classes, student matinees and weeklong artistic residencies -- have reached tens of thousands of students. The Acting Company was founded in 1972 by John Houseman and current Producing Artistic Director, Margot Harley, with the first graduating class of The Juilliard School's Drama Division. Winner of the Obie, Audelco and Los Angeles Critics Awards for excellence, The Acting Company is a 2003 TONY Honoree for Excellence in Theater.

See for yourself what makes The Acting Company the most respected and praised touring repertory theater in America.

Seagull  | Open: 03/10/05 Close: 03/20/05
First performed in Russia in 1896, "The Seagull" is a study in heartbreak that centers around Nina, who gives up her simple country life to achieve fame and glory as an actress. Her suitor, the young would-be playwright Konstantine, pens experimental plays that he hopes will one day revolutionize the theatre by doing away with the clumsy artifice of the stage. But Nina is far more interested in Trigorin, an older, successful novelist -- and the lover of Konstantine's mother--whom she feels can help her achieve her goals.