American Theater of Actors.

Todays Date: 06/30/22
Last Update: 01/24/14 04:37:12 PM
Address: 314 W 54th St
New York, NY    10019

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The Taming Of The Shrew  | Open: 02/19/14 Close: 02/23/14
The Tempest Ladies' third production, Taming of the Shrew, is their most ambitious yet. With their largest cast ever, an Off-Broadway theater space, and their first male director, they seek to tackle the controversial comedy from multiple conflicting viewpoints. Borrowing the framing device surrounding the original play, a panel of 7 experts on topics such as sexology and classic literature assemble in a library to debate the true meaning of the play for the audience. The panel agrees to settle their differences by performing the play itself, and hilarity ensues. With the Ladies' familiar tropes of role switching, storytelling, use of found objects and gender-bending, anything can and will happen in this madcap tale of the "Shrew" Katharina and her "tamer", Petruchio. Come on, it's that weird period between Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day, what else are you gonna do?


The Gray List  | Open: 04/17/13 Close: 04/28/13

For Immediate Release

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Screenwriter John Brooks is getting “typed” out.
Hooray for ageism, racism, and homophobia.


By Allan Provost

Directed by Laurie Rae Waugh

April 17 – 20 @ 8:00 p.m. • April 20 @ 2:00 p.m. • April 21 @ 3:00 p.m.
April 23 – 27@ 8:00 p.m. • April 28 @ 3:00 p.m.

American Theatre of Actors • The Sargent Theatre
314 West 54th Street • New York City •

Tickets online: or call (212) 868-4444

General Admission: $18.00 • Students/Seniors $15.00

New York – Once-celebrated screenwriter John Brooks is told Hollywood wants something "more relevant." What they mean is… he’s too old! Through the story of the fade-out of this film scribe and his circle of friends, THE GRAY LIST explores Hollywood with close-ups on ageism, racism, and homophobia. John finally – in a last desperate attempt to keep his feet planted firmly on the red carpet – makes a Faustian deal with the devil to keep on top – a devil named Eddie. John's reinvention of himself to compete with the younger crowd may be his greatest character yet... even if that character does talk back. 


The cast features Thomas J. Kane, Vincent Iannuzzi, Kitty Hendrix, Marilyn Duryea, and Alan Charney. 
Ms. Duryea & Ms. Hendrix appear courtesy of Actors Equity Association
Photo Credit: A. G. Liebowitz/WrightgroupNY



Biographical Info:

Originally from Boston, Allan Provost  is a Miami copywriter who has created award-winning campaigns for such national clients as Leona Helmsley’s hotels and Carnival Cruise Lines (“We’ve Got the Fun”). While his first love was always theater, he did not pursue that avenue until later in life when he began to write plays and the book and lyrics for musicals. Several of his short plays have been included in local festivals and in October of 2008 his full-length musical The Accidental President was presented by the Manhattan Beach Community Church Theater. In Miami, he founded Miami's Footstool Players, a popular living-room- theater event in which the guests perform in one-act comedies. His lyrics for jingles and sales films have been sung by Kathie Lee Gifford, Andrea McArdle and — before they were famous — the Backstreet Boys. His songs have also been featured in Ms. McArdle’s PBS special and her Atlantic City Christmas show. While Allan has written many short stories, poems, essays, straight plays and one teen novel (Mermaids and Magic Words — Avalon 1989), The Gray List remains his favorite work and he is intensely grateful to the American Theatre for Actors for this production. 

Legacy Stage Ensemble opens its second season with this play. Legacy Stage Ensemble is dedicated to bridging the artistic and cultural gap between the experiences, training, and concerns of different generations. Its productions, both original and revival, tackle topics about personal crisis and social bias.

Director and Legacy’s executive producer, Laurie Rae Waugh, has been part of the theatrical community for almost a quarter of a century. She won the Jean Dalrymple Award in 2011 for the play, Code Name Daniel. As a stage manager, her credits are numerous, topped by the Broadway Cares July 4, 1987 performance benefiting STAMP OUT AIDS dedicated to Michael Bennett.


Legacy's associate producer and featured performer, Kitty Hendrix, has created more than 30 roles on stage, in film, and on television. Recent appearances include 666 Park Avenue  (ABC) and Unforgettable (CBS). She last appeared as co-star in The Acting Lesson, Legacy Stage's inaugural production on October. She is an audio book producer/narrator who's next book, Close Obsession by Anna Zaires, will be available through and iTunes in August. 

Dramaturg  Jessica Jennings carries on the family name and business started by her father, entrepreneur and founder of the American Theatre of Actors, James Jennings. The ATA, an institution in the off and off-off Broadway community, was founded in 1976 by Mr. Jennings. Over 900 new works have been presented and more than 10,000 actors have worked at the ATA, including Dennis Quaid, Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Chazz Palminteri, Kevin O'Connor, Kevin Spacey, and Edie Falco.



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The Wonderful Wizard of Oz A New Musical.  | Open: 10/18/12 Close: 01/06/13
Swept from Kansas to the Emerald City of Seattle & making her way to the Great White Way, Page2Stage Entertainment Introduces Sarah May Shaffer as Dorothy Gale in a new Musical of the Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Adapted and directed by Michael Gershowitz with Music and Lyrics by Casey Wood. Also including songs from the 1902 stage musical by L.Frank Baum & Paul Tietjen; adapted, updated, & rearranged. Additional lyrics by Michael G, Lindsey Cunningham.

After the passing of her parents, Dorothy Gale goes to live with her aunt and uncle in Franklin, Kansas. After living in Kansas for almost a year Dorothy and her dog Toto are whisked away by a cyclone to the magical world of Oz. Once there, Dorothy meets a talking tin man, a dancing scarecrow, & a cowardly lion and receives a pair of the most elegant Silver Shoes. She sets off with her friends towards a Emerald City. She finds herself changing, growing, & learning - and by the time her musical journey is over, she has finally found a place in her aunt's heart as well as "A Place to Call Home". Dive deeper into the character of the creatures, people, and situations that Baum created. Come along with us as we combine history with this great American classic tale, and journey with Dorothy as she fends off Wolves, Crows, and Kalidahs, all in an attempt to get back to her Kansas Home and to her Aunt and Uncle who realize how much they love her. Introducing Sarah May Shaffer as Dorothy Gale, with Tony Award winning dog trainer William Berloni bringing her cute little furry friend to the stage for the journey.


Tartuffe  | Open: 11/08/12 Close: 11/18/12
A horny, pseudo-religious fraud invades a wealthy bourgeois household after conning the father of the family, and life turns into a knockabout sex farce. Is disaster inevitable? Will the beautiful daughter marry the scam artist or her one true love? Will the paterfamilias come to his senses? Will the dining room table collapse under its unaccustomed burdens? PLEASE, SOMEONE! (King Louis XIV, maybe?) DO SOMETHING!

The production is supervised by Marat Yusim, formerly a resident actor/director/teacher at the world-famous Moscow Art Theater. Here in New York City, he taught acting at the La Guardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts for more than twenty years.

This "Tartuffe" for the 21st Century is the first production of the New Renaissance Theater Company. The play's original, 17th Century production history was rocky. Although Molière had been a longtime favorite of King Louis XIV as both a playwright and a performer for years, the play was banned for years when it offended powerful religious figures.

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