Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios

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12 Angry Men  | Open: 01/23/13 Close: 02/03/13
Twelve jurors are taken into the bleak jury room to determine the guilt or innocence of a 16 year old accused of stabbing his father. As they deliberate each juror reveals his own character as the various testimonies are re-examined, the murder is re-enacted and a new murder threat is born before their eyes! Tempers get short, arguments grow heated, and the jurors become Twelve Angry Men!


About the Company: CityShow

CityShow is a New York City-based entertainment production company whose mission it is to bring first-rate quality live entertainment to the multitude of intimate performance venues of the metropolitan area. CityShow endeavors to identify and nurture the finest talent - showcasing these performers in an array of classical and contemporary artistic material. CityShow’s commitment to excellence is manifest in all of its production endeavors, providing a “high-production value” experience to the audience at a very affordable cost.

Perchance To Dream Theatre Presents Antigone  | Open: 01/03/13 Close: 01/13/13
Sophocles' ANTIGONE - A modern adaptation by Perchance To Dream Theatre. 

ABOUT THE SHOW:
After a lifetime of tragedy, Antigone, the daughter of the infamous Oedipus, is faced with a terrible reality. After her uncle, the new leader of her empire, issues a decree that the body of her dead brother is to be left unburied, Antigone has a choice - to sit silently in the face of injustice or to take action. With an original script written by PTDT, this production seeks to examine the true definitions of family, love, loyalty and pride. 

This modern retelling, inspired by the Dover Thrift edition, will feature original handmade masks as well as custom video projection to create a larger-than-life interpretation of this classic text. 

WHERE: Theatre 54 at Shetler Studios; 244 West 54th Street between Broadway & 8th Ave. 
WHEN: January 4-13. 

Tickets: $15. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com/event/308935

CAST:
Megan Lee
Bret McCormick
Leanne Mercadante
Lauren Pennline
Brian Sheppard*
Kevin Paul Smith
*Appears courtesy of Actor's Equity. An Equity-approved showcase. 

www.perchancetodreamtheatre.org

Blood Red Roses (part Of The Love, Sex & Art Festival)  | Open: 06/27/12 Close: 07/08/12
The story of the Pre-Raphaelite painters and writers is told in this dark, funny and moving tale. Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s love for his beautiful model Lizzy Siddal, the tragic love triangle of John Ruskin, Ruskin’s wife Effie and the great painter John Everett Millais, Ruskin’s later doomed love for the young Rose LaTouche and his subsequent madness, the lives of William Morris and his enigmatic wife Jane, and the poets Swinburne and Christina Rossetti all intertwine in this exploration of how love and sex influence art and life!

AD/SM: Rebekah Berg

Featuring: David Cohen, Jes Bedwinek, Jason Emanuel, Melissa Patterson, Scott Watson, Faith Aeryn, Neil Brown, Brittany White, Lino Del Core, Maia Saskia Henkin


About the Company: CityShow

CityShow is a New York City-based entertainment production company whose mission it is to bring first-rate quality live entertainment to the multitude of intimate performance venues of the metropolitan area. CityShow endeavors to identify and nurture the finest talent - showcasing these performers in an array of classical and contemporary artistic material. CityShow’s commitment to excellence is manifest in all of its production endeavors, providing a “high-production value” experience to the audience at a very affordable cost.

The Odd Couple  | Open: 02/15/12 Close: 02/26/12

The Odd Couple is Neil Simon's classic comedy which explores the relationship between two mismatched roommates, Felix Unger, a neurotic television news reporter and Oscar Madison, a slovenly sports writer. Fastidious, depressed and none too tense, Felix seems suicidal after his wife kicks him out. But as the action unfolds, Oscar becomes the one with murder on his mind when the clean freak and slob ultimately decide to live together as "The Odd Couple" is born with hilarious results! (Part of the Fool's & Philanderers Festival also featuring Anatol by Arthur Schnitzler)

Cast:

Brian Reilly as Felix Unger
Tony White as Oscar Madison
Shawn Madsen as Murray
Al Smith as Speed
David Cohen as Roy
Jarde Jacobs as Vinnie
Kathleen Boddington as Cecily Pigeon
Julia Morgantini as Gwendolyn Pigeon
 
Directed by Christopher Romero Wilson
 
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About the Company: CityShow

CityShow is a New York City-based entertainment production company whose mission it is to bring first-rate quality live entertainment to the multitude of intimate performance venues of the metropolitan area. CityShow endeavors to identify and nurture the finest talent - showcasing these performers in an array of classical and contemporary artistic material. CityShow’s commitment to excellence is manifest in all of its production endeavors, providing a “high-production value” experience to the audience at a very affordable cost.

Anatol  | Open: 02/16/12 Close: 02/26/12
Anatol, the insightful first work by Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler, follows the amorous adventures of a charming bourgeois playboy, as he flirts, fights, and beds seven different women on his path to matrimony. Funny, sexy, and provocative, Anatol dares to ask the question... why do fools fall in love? (Part of the Fools & Philanderers Festival also featuring The Odd Couple by Neil Simon)

Cast:

Matthew Thomas Burda as Anatol
Alan Bordelon as Max
Anna Wallace-Deering as Cora; Francesca; Gwyneth
Erin Nelson as Gabrielle
Viktoriya Papayani as Bianca
Faith Aeryn as Emelie
Keely Hunt as Annie
Tania Rudnitsky as Elsa
Lillian J. Small as Ilona
 
Directed by Schnele Wilson
 
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About the Company: CityShow

CityShow is a New York City-based entertainment production company whose mission it is to bring first-rate quality live entertainment to the multitude of intimate performance venues of the metropolitan area. CityShow endeavors to identify and nurture the finest talent - showcasing these performers in an array of classical and contemporary artistic material. CityShow’s commitment to excellence is manifest in all of its production endeavors, providing a “high-production value” experience to the audience at a very affordable cost.

Asymmetry  | Open: 06/02/11 Close: 06/05/11
"Six lives. One night. Asymmetry chronicles the halting first steps of three fledgling relationships, as six damaged people fumble for intimacy and balance. Each of these broken relationships comes to a head in one night, in the same physical space, each couple unaware of the others even as their stories intertwine."

Small Craft Warnings: (1972) In a rundown bar on the Southern California coast, a group of lonely and disparate individuals, rejected by "normal" society, come together in their need for human contact and understanding. Each tells their tale with poetic eloquence and force, revealing a desperate emptiness and inspiring compassion of rare dimension. The characters embody the fears that lurk in all of us, and the frailties that so often make us less than we would wish to be -- both in our hearts and in the eyes of others. (If you have to leave off the last sentence because of lack of space - no problem)

ONE ACTS: A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot (1957) centers on two fading, overdressed doxies, members of the Ladies' Auxiliary of the "Sons of Mars," who hit town for the annual convention. Their search for men and a high old time, lands them in a third rate bar with just enough change for two “fish bowls” of beer. The banter begins, and a hilarious catfight ensues. Summer at the Lake (1937) tells the story of Donald Fenway, a sensitive teenager who feels trapped by his self-absorbed mother and his father’s suggestion that he abandons his plans for college and finds a menial job. The Case of the Crushed Petunias (1941) Dorothy Simple, a prim and proper notions clerk, discovers the culprit who crushed her carefully tended petunias is a salesman for Life Inc. His offerings of poetry, wild rose seeds and an invitation to meet on Highway No. 77 for an evening outing inspire Dorothy to take a leap of faith.


About the Company: American Bard Theater Company

The American Bard Theater Company is a not-for-profit organization serving the Greater New York community. ABTC is dedicated to the exploration of the First Folio "Shakespeare wrote his plays to engage the 'ear' of his audience's imagination. He intended his plays to be heard and not seen, rather than read silently while sitting on the living room couch. To help his performers make the language of his plays spring to life on stage, he embedded linguistic and rhetorical clues within the scripts he provided for them. These were combined by two of his colleagues after his death after his death to form the First Folio edition of 1623." -John Basil founder of American Globe Theatre technique (a method that uses the author's linguistic clues to envision how the work was meant to be interpreted) as it applies to classical and contemporary theater. We seek to educate the public about First Folio technique through performances of plays and educational presentations.


 

Four By Tenn: Four Works By Tennessee Williams  | Open: 04/09/11 Close: 04/23/11
Four by Tenn, Four Works by Tennessee Williams is American Bard Theater Company’s tribute to a true
American Bard. Four lesser known plays by one of the most important gay playwrights in the 20th Century are
brought to the stage, each seething or bubbling beneath the surface with sexuality, love, loss, and passion.
Written over a span of 40 years, they provide a dose of his genius, his bold, bawdy jabs at life and his keen
perception of emptiness.

In Small Craft Warnings: (1972) a lonely nomadic woman mourns the loss of her beloved gay brother in a
rundown bar full of social outcasts. A gay man searches for solace and warmth with a confused, naive boy little
more than half his age and finds himself empty still. This group of lonely and disparate individuals, rejected
by “normal” society, comes together in their need for human contact and understanding. Each tells their tale with
poetic eloquence and force, revealing a desperate emptiness and inspiring compassion of rare dimension. The
characters embody the fears that lurk in all of us, and the frailties that so often make us less than we would wish
to be -- both in our hearts and in the eyes of others. This eloquent and deeply affecting play offers our master
playwright at the top of his form.

ONE ACTS:
A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot (1957) centers on two fading, overdressed doxies, members of the
Ladies' Auxiliary of the "Sons of Mars," who hit town for the annual convention. Their search for men and a high
old time, lands them in a third rate bar with barely enough change for beer. The banter begins, and a hilarious
catfight ensues.
Summer at the Lake (1937) tells the story of Donald Fenway, a sensitive teenager who feels trapped by the
ambiguity of his own sexuality, his self-absorbed mother and his father’s suggestion that he abandons his plans
for college and finds a menial job. The play was interpreted by several critics as "an early snapshot" of the

characters and themes that later appeared in Williams' breakthrough 1944 play The Glass Menagerie, which also
focused on a combative mother and a dreamy son bent on escape.

The Case of the Crushed Petunias (1941) Dorothy Simple, a prim and proper notions clerk, discovers the culprit
who crushed her carefully tended petunias is a salesman for Life Inc. His offerings of poetry, wild rose seeds and
an invitation to meet on Highway No. 77 for an evening outing inspire Dorothy to take a leap of faith.

ABTC Artistic Director, Mary Riley has chosen four pieces by Tennessee Williams, as a tribute to what would
be his 100th birthday and because his brilliant use of heighted language is a perfect fit for the company. She
explains, “I read all of his one acts. I was searching for pieces within the style that audiences know and love.
Tennessee Williams’ poetic and lush language is something that I wanted our company to experience. I love the
repertory layout of our spring offering, it's a wonderful taste of some of his lesser known works.”

Skin Deep  | Open: 10/16/10 Close: 11/06/10
Winner of the 2008 Larry Corse Playwriting Prize and a finalist for the James Sunwall Prize for Comedy, Skin Deep is a revealing new comedy.  When George and Liz, a couple from Ohio, inherit a clothing-optional resort in Key West, they discover parts of themselves never before exposed.

The Godiva Inn staff includes a gay front desk clerk who's an aspiring drag queen and a lesbian janitor who moonlights as a dominatrix.  Also complicating their lives is a visiting businessman who likes to give gals the business.  Along the way, the couple is forced to confront issues about what they believe, what they want and who they really are.  Beyond the laughs, Skin Deep explores what people do when pushed beyond their comfort zones.


WARNING:  This play contains rampant off-stage nudity!

Cast: William Green, Dee Dee Friedman, Robby Sharpe, Mary Theresa Archbold and Timothy Scott Harris.

Scenic Designer: Craig M. Napoliello
Costume Designer: Jonathan Knipscher
Lighting Deisign: David A. Sexton
Stage Manager: Susan Sunday
Drag Consultant: Violet Temper
Kink Consultant: Mistress Tasha Lee
Nude Consultant: John Ordover

 


About the Company: The Foolish Theatre Company
Based in New York City, the Foolish Theatre Company's mission is to develop and produce theatrical comedies in all forms. Be it highbrow, middlebrow, lowbrow or plucked brow, the Foolish Theatre Company aims to entertain and amuse. Ask yourself, “Did you laugh enough today?” If the answer's no, the Foolish Theatre Company is here to fix that.
Sight Unseen  | Open: 09/23/10 Close: 10/10/10
  Jonathan Waxman is the artist as superstar, plunged into the exorbitant hype of the American art world. Just before his works are celebrated at an exhibition in London, he journeys to the village where his former lover, Patricia, lives with her British husband, Nick. In their cold, remote house, Jonathan discovers an early painting of Patricia he'd done when they were young lovers. The subsequent struggle for the painting embodies the unreconciled passions of the past. Patricia has never forgiven Jonathan for leaving her, Nick despises Jonathan and the kind of art he produces, and Jonathan has never been able to recapture the inspiration and purity he felt when he painted Patricia. The characters are forced to deal with the unanswerable question of anti-Semitism, the legacy of the Holocaust and assimilation, the sadness of lost love, the role of the artist and the location of the human soul.

Hamlet  | Open: 05/13/10 Close: 05/22/10
New Perspectives Theatre Company's track record with the Bard has been a good one, winning us critical acclaim for innovative stagings of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Othello and Julius Caesar, as well as an OOBR Award for our Burlesque production of The Taming of the Shrew.

Hamlet will continue in this tradition, offering a singular NPTC vision for this play that incorporates historical, scholarly and theatrical research in a highly physical production.

Considered by some to be one of the "problem" plays, theatre practitioners, literary critics and average folks have debated the true meaning of this play for centuries.  Is Hamlet actually a tragic hero?  Is his lunacy feigned, or is there some deep misogyny lurking in his antics?  Is it bi-polar disorder? An Oedipal Complex? 

NPTC has looked at some fascinating but relatively obscure scholarship tying the structure of the script to The Book of Revelation!  Author Linda Kay Hoff makes a compelling case, identifying the parallel elements in the play and the Bible, and puts forth a convincing argument as to Hamlet's viewpoint from a 16th Century perspective and the almost century-long religious wars that took place after Henry VIII's establishment of the Church of England.  The Book of Revelation was very much on Protestant minds.

As always, NPTC takes the source material, existing scholarship and the First Folio version of the play, and applies these to our contemporary world in order to find our own "perspective.”  What we have "found" is that concern with The Book of Revelation and "end times" has once again entered the POLITICAL realm and it’s deeply disturbing.  NPTC's vision of Doomsday isn't quite the one that the Apostle John "witnessed.” Meganne George (production designer) and David L. Schulder (sound and video designer). 

Director: Melody Brooks
Production Designer: Meganne George
Sound & Video Designer: David L. Schulder
Fight Choreography: Ray Rodriguez

Cast: Bill Blechingberg (Claudius), Bernardo Cubria (Hamlet), Jenny Greeman (Ophelia), C. Amanda Maud (Gertrude), Rafael Jordan (Horatio), Kim Sullivan (Polonius), Terrell Tilford (Laertes), James Edward Becton, Amanda Johnson, Mikaela Lynn Johnson, Steve Lynn, Ray Rodriguez and Kerry Watterson.New Perspectives Theatre Company's track record with the Bard has been a good one, winning critical acclaim for its innovative stagings of Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Othello and Julius Caesar, as well as an OOBR Award for its Burlesque production of The Taming of the Shrew.

 

 

 

   

Indulgences in the Lousiville Harem  | Open: 05/02/10 Close: 05/09/10
Two spinster sisters in turn-of-the-century Lousiville decide to escape from their protective solitude and write to a mail-order catalogue for companions.  When a professor and his assistant arrive, the results are not what the sisters had expected.

 

Starring: Meaghann Cobb, Natasha Gilgen, David C. Neal, and Matt Reeves