The Arclight Theater

Todays Date: 06/25/22
Last Update: 10/06/12 07:59:20 PM
Address: 152 West 71st Street, Level 1
New York, NY    10023

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Ask Joseph  | Open: 11/06/12 Close: 11/11/12
STEPS Theatre is celebrating its 15 theatrical season with the production of “Ask Joseph” an original play by Slava Stepnov and Roman Freud. Theatergoers of New York will be presented with a unique drama in which the distinct echo of Chekhov’s “Seagull” is in a peculiar intertwine with the life and artistic career of the Noble Prize winner Joseph Brodsky. Even though the play is based on selected episodes from Brodsky’s biography, this story is not about any particular person. It is rather about those who had the courage to drastically change their lives by abandoning their familiar environment and ended up on the verge of catastrophic cultural and emotional split.

Love, mystery, adultery, scandals and spies are just a few of the turns and twists of the plot. “Ask Joseph” is an attempt made by STEPS to get a sneak pick in to the mystery of human talent, think about the stereotypes of self-identification, but most importantly to try and convince its audience that language is a sacred gift we were given by accident and it is our duty to preserve and enrich it…

The play will be performed in Russian with English subtitles

The cast:
Yelena Stroganova, Liza Kaymin, Roman Freud, David Varer, Sergey Nagorny, Pavel Solodovnikov, Alexander Kargaltsev , Natasha Romanova, Misha Freud.

Set and Light: Lev Chesnov, Costumes: Marina Peshchanskaya, Ðœusic: Dmitry Sokolovsky, Boris Zeldin

Information and booking: & 212-841-5454

About the Company: Steps Theatre

STEPS, a multicultural theatre company founded in 1997 in New York by Slava Stepnov, works with actors and stage artists coming from different countries and schools. The Theatre produces plays in English, Russian and Spanish languages.

Revisiting Wildfire  | Open: 06/01/12 Close: 06/24/12
 Previews begin Friday, June 1, at 8:00pm for the New York premiere of Kari Floren's two-hander Revisiting Wildfirestaring Lynne Wintersteller and Nancy Johnston as two college roommates, best friends for life, who re-unite after thirty years. Revisiting Wildfire, directed by Eve Brandstein, opens Wednesday, June 6, at 7:00pm at ArcLight Theatre, 152 West 71st Street.
            Ms. Wintersteller and Ms. Johnston play 50-something women who have always had a madcap friendship since the early years of punk and the Reagan Administration.  But when three decades of the weekly phone calls stop, a surprise visit finds one of them in chaos, the other in denial and both with secrets. 
            Lynne Wintersteller starred on Broadway in the Tony-nominated Rogers and Hammerstein revue A Grand Night for Singing and garnered a Drama Desk for her work in the Maltby/Shire Off-Broadway Closer Than Ever.  
            Nancy Johnston has appeared in leading roles on Broadway in Elf, The Music Man and The Secret Garden.  She was in the first national tour of The Producers and Beauty and the Beast.  Off-Broadway she starred in Splendora at the American Place Theater,Merrily We Roll Along at the York,  Nunsense (with Phyllis Diller) at the Fairbanks, and Olympus On My Mind, at the Lambs, for which she is also featured on the original cast album. Film credits include The ProducersSad Sack Sally, and Off The Black.
            Playwright Kari Floren first saw a previous version of Revisiting Wildfire performed in Los Angeles starring Denise Crosby and Jamie Rose last year.  Her other plays include Voices of Swords starring Rosemary Prinz at Urban Stages, The Porch and If Wishes Were Horses at Altered Stages, and A Late Supper at the Maverick Theater.  In addition, her screenplay drama, The Night of the New Moon is currently in development with Teri Polo attached.
            Director Eve Brandstein made her mark in Hollywood as a studio executive, producer, director, writer/creator, casting director, talent manager and author.  She has directed over 50 stage productions worldwide, including How I Got That Story with David Morse and Richard Klein, William Gibson’s Hanky Panky with Jean Stapleton and Ron Liebman and recently Stories From the Fringe.  Working with Norman Lear for a decade, she was one of the foremost casting powers in Los Angeles.  She has discovered and fostered many new acting talents including George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Fran Drescher, Aidan Quinn, Alysa Milano to name but a few.  
            Revisiting Wildfire has sets by Jason Sherwood, costumes by Anne E Grosz and lighting by Nastassia Jimenez.
            Original music for Revisiting Wildfire is by Roger Murdock, who has composed music for record, film and theatre. He has toured forty-nine states and abroad and performed with such artists as King Missile, the late Joey Ramone, Deborah Harry, Richard Hell, Ronnie Spector, Ann Magnuson, Laurie Beechman, and Leslie West.

Around The World In 80 Days  | Open: 06/11/12 Close: 06/11/12
Gotham Radio Theatre will present 'Around The World in 80 Days' by Jules Verne, adapted by Sydnie Grosberg Ronga at the Arclight Theater at 152 West 71st Street.
Gotham Radio Theatre will bring the fabulous adventure of Phileas Fogg and his exotic race around the world to the stage on June 11th in New York City. The famous story begins with two astonishing headlines in the Daily Telegraph published in 1872.
A Gentleman Robber Has Stolen 55 Thousand Pounds from the Bank of England and Astonishing! By Using Trains and Steamboats, You Can Now Go Around the World in 80 Days. At a London gentleman's club a wager is placed and Phileas Fogg sets out to prove the latter to his colleagues as Scotland Yard searches for the gentleman bank robber.
Listen as Gotham's version takes you on each moment's journey, from when Fogg rescues an Indian Princess to when he sails a burning ship, and much more. Without a doubt, the sound effects of 'Around The World in 80 Days' will be as interesting to 'hear' as to 'see' performed.
The cast includes Timothy Carter as Phileas Fogg, Brian Cheng as Passepartout, Bob Ader as Sir Francis Comarty, Vince Trani as Inspector Fix, and Sarah Elmaleh as Aouda. Sydnie Grosberg Ronga serves as the director and also adapted the novel for the radio play. Vince Trani performs and composed original music for the production.
They will perform two shows at 7 pm and 9 pm on Monday June 11th at the Arclight Theater at 152 West 71st. Tickets are $15 and can be reserved through the website GRT ( Tickets are also available through TDF.
Take a tour through our site for more information on the season, tickets and cast information,
About Gotham Radio Theatre
Much like the radio hour serials of a bygone era, Gotham Radio performs classics from theatre, literature and the silver screen in little more than 60 minutes, with live sound and music, and actors playing multiple roles.
Gotham actors portray fictional 1940's stars of stage, screen and radio who perform the Gotham radio play. These 40's personalities are long running characters and bring the audience an added entertaining dimension of a 'show within a show.
What: "Around The World in 80 Days"
When: Monday, June 11th, at 7p.m. and 9p.m.
Where: The Arclight Theater
152 West 71st Street (1, 2 or 3 subway, 72nd Street Station)
Between Broadway and Columbus
New York, NY 10023
Price: $15
TDF tickets are also available
Tickets: Go to 'ticket page' or call 866-992-9263
Phone: 866-992-9263
Actors: Timothy Carter, Brian Cheng, Bob Ader, Vnice Trani, Sarah Elmaleh, Abi DeGay


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes  | Open: 03/05/12 Close: 03/05/12
Gotham Radio Theatre takes you back to Victorian England and the world of Sherlock Holmes.We have taken two classic stories, 'The Redheaded League' and 'A Scandal in Bohemia' to weave one tale of deception, foreign intrigue, theft and, of course, scandal.

This season we have an exciting addition to our performances: all our actors will portray fictional 1940's stars of stage, screen and radio to enact the Gotham radio play. These 40's personalities will be long running characters recreated throughout the season, bringing the audience an additional entertaining dimension of a 'show within a show!' Visit our website to meet 'Smokey' 'Irene'and all the rest - their bios are delightfully fascinating!

Join us on March 5th and our troop of 1940's actors for classic Holmes fun!