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Todays Date: 12/03/22
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Sounding Beckett  | Open: 09/14/12 Close: 09/23/12
SOUNDING BECKETT -- a singular evening of theater and music that pairs three plays by Samuel Beckett from his "ghost period" with new works by contemporary composers written expressly in response to those plays -- will be presented September 14-23 at the Classic Stage Company (136 E. 13 St.) in Manhattan.

This world-premiere production is directed by the award-winning theatre director Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director of The Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.  The music will be performed live by Cygnus Ensemble, William Anderson, Music Director.  

Comprised of Beckett's one-act plays "Footfalls," "Ohio Impromptu" and "Catastrophe" -- written from 1975 to 1982 in the twilight of the playwright's career -- SOUNDING BECKETT features a cast that includes the award-winning actors Philip Goodwin, Ted van Griethuysen and Holly Twyford, along with the voice of the Tony-nominated and Drama Desk and two-time Obie Award-winning actress Kathleen Chalfant.

SOUNDING BECKETT will feature performances of all three Beckett plays, each followed immediately by a live performance of a new composition, offering theater-goers the opportunity to experience Beckett's powerful language, rhythms and imagery with a contemporary musical response.  New music compositions by the composers Chester Biscardi and Laura Schwendinger ("Footfalls"), David Glaser and Laura Kaminsky ("Catastrophe") and John Halle and Scott Johnson ("Ohio Impromptu") will alternate during performances of the two-week run at CSC.

The music will be performed by Cygnus Ensemble members Tara Helen O'Connor (flute), James Austin Smith (oboe), Pauline Kim (violin), Chris Gross (cello), William Anderson (guitar, mandolin) and Oren Fader (guitar).

The evening now entitled SOUNDING BECKETT began earlier this year as a one-night-only event directed by Ms. Zinoman at the Library of Congress in Washington,DC., an event comprised solely of Beckett's haunting "Ohio Impromptu" performed by Ted van Griethuysen, followed by composer Dina Koston's work "Distant Intervals," performed by Cygnus Ensemble. 

Beckett's niece Grace Bouton, who attended the Library of Congress event and participated in a pre-show discussion (replete with surprising personal tales about her uncle), will join Ms. Zinoman for a similar Q&A following the SOUNDING BECKETT performance on Sunday, September 16. 

The success of that March 2012 performance has multiplied into the extraordinary undertaking that will debut in September. 

About SOUNDING BECKETT, Ms. Zinoman states, "When asked to pair these plays with composers and musicians inspired by modernists, it seemed like a natural fit.  Filled with disembodied spirits and doppelgangers, Beckett's tiny masterpieces are brimful of silences and sounds -- of pacing and knocking and what Beckett himself called 'the distant sound of applause.'"


SOUNDING BECKETT has set design by Debra Booth and Luciana Stecconi, lighting design by Michael Gianniti, costume design by Helen Huang and sound design by Jeremy Tressler. 

The Taming of the Shrew  | Open: 01/30/08 Close: 02/08/08
Shkespeare's classic

Vanessa Brown, Laura Campbell, Huling Foster, Devon Jordan, Nick Maccarone, Anna Marshall, Meg McLynn, Kila Packett, John William Schiffbauer, Rony Sheer, and Scott Witebsky

Prometheus Bound  | Open: 03/13/07 Close: 04/14/07
David Oyelowo in Aeschylus' epic Greek tragedy
ABSOLUTE FLIGHT: A Reality Show With Wings  | Open: 08/20/06 Close: 08/25/06
ABSOLUTE FLIGHT is a hilarious romp through the backstabbing, make-'em-squirm world of reality TV. The six finalists battle over the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to leave the earth and their worries behind. One lucky winner will be fitted with wings and dropped from an airplane. Certain death or eternal celebrity? Watch the fireworks of someone else's life explode before your very eyes!

The cast of ABSOLUTE FLIGHT, written by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich and directed by Rosemary Andress, includes Keith Eric Chappelle, Cameron Hughes, Effie Johnson, Amy Landon, Garth T. Mark, Marishka Phillips, and Jay Riedl.

ABSOLUTE FLIGHT's artistic team includes Jeffery Eisenmann (Scenic & Lighting Design), Kevin Hucke (Costume Design), and Jonathan Sanborn (Original Music & Sound Design).

Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich's writing offers a satiric critique of our culture from many different points of view. ABSOLUTE FLIGHT is an original, provocative and entertaining play, bringing the international phenomenon of reality TV to New York's downtown stages, and matching the innovative spirit of FringeNYC.

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