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Todays Date: 12/09/19
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Reno & Moll/Miss Julie  | Open: 11/04/17 Close: 11/18/17
This fall, Two Headed Rep’s pairing of plays find themselves in the workplace, inhabited by people who, every day, confront, consider, and carry out what’s expected of them. What weighs on us when we’re expected to do everything? What about when nothing is expected of us? And what do we do about the dog? Two Headed Rep asks these questions and more with their fall rep: a new adaptation of Miss Julie by Brittany Allen, Will Arbery, and Amanda Keating, and Reno & Moll, a new play written in response to Strindberg's classic by Emma Horwitz.

The design team for both plays will feature Set Design by Cate McCrea (The Subtle Body at 59E59), Costume Design by Nicole Slaven (The Glowing Boot with United Solo Festival), Lighting Design by Cheyenne Sykes (Assistant on Ironbound with Rattlestick/WP Theater), and Sound Design by John Salutz (Mope at EST; Bareback Ink with Hard Sparks).

In Reno & Moll, Harper has played the most beloved dog on children's TV for ten years. She knows her lines and she knows her choreography, she just doesn't know why she's still doing this job. Is it for the fans who adore her? Do they adore her or just her canine alter ego? And what’s the difference anyway? When Harper's longtime co-star leaves the show, she wonders whether it might be time to make a change as well. But how do you change when you've played the same character for so long that you can't remember what it's like to be yourself?

The cast will include Alton Alburo* (The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go! with Ma-Yi; Friends From College on Netflix), Zoë Geltman (The World My Mama Raised with Clubbed Thumb; Bear Slayer! at Ars Nova), and Eva Victor (Story Pirates).

To bring Miss Julie into the 21st century, Two Headed Rep has commissioned three writers to explore and adapt one character each from Strindberg's classic to form a new, singular work. This process mirrors the play itself: when three people, each practically on different planets, find themselves crowded in a single room, they insistently prod, occasionally torment, and, most importantly, desperately need each other. It’s Halloween night in the break room of Count’s Chicken, a fast food franchise in Corsicana, Texas. What Julie, Gene, and Krissy expect of themselves and each other drives them to questions they thought they’d never ask and choices they never thought they’d make.

The cast will feature Sarah Jes Austell (The Cherry Orchard at Robert Moss Theater), Fernando Gonzalez* (Charleses with The Tank/The Brick; Omega Kids at Access Theater), and Rachel Sachnoff (this movie at the Sam French OOB Festival; Let’s Make a Li’l Human with Mabou Mines).

*Actors appears courtesy of the Actors’ Equity Association

The Yellow Wallpaper  | Open: 01/16/14 Close: 01/26/14
What if the one person who has vowed to love you… for better or for worse… in sickness and in health… took you away… from everyone that you cherish? From everything that sustains you? In essence, the sum of yourself. Where would you go? What would you do?

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER tells the shocking story of one woman’s isolation, obsession, and descent into madness.

SYNOPSIS: New England, 1891. Jane, a sensitive and imaginative woman, finds herself sequestered on a remote estate that her husband, a physician, has rented for the summer. She is forbidden to write, and must hide her journal entries as she recuperates from what he has diagnosed as a "temporary nervous depression” following the birth of their baby. Without anything or anyone to stimulate her, Jane becomes obsessed by the wallpaper in her bedroom as the effect of her domestic oppression and stifled creativity begins to take a toll on her sanity.

This 75-minute solo adaptation of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's classic short story was first produced at Manhattan Theatre Source in March 2009 before it toured area libraries and colleges for Women's History Month. Annalisa Loeffler returns to NYC in this one-woman tour de force written by Greg Oliver Bodine and directed DeLisa M. White. Please join us!

Adapted by Greg Oliver Bodine
Directed by DeLisa M. White† (member SDC)
Featuring: Annalisa Loeffler* (member AEA)

Lighting Design by Lauren Parrish
Costume Design by Jeanette Aultz
Sound & Set Design by Greg Oliver Bodine
Stage Manager: Marly Leighton
Artistic Associate / Production Manager: Anne Fizzard

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“More then a century after it was written, The Yellow Wallpaper continues to enthrall its readers, and I was delighted to bring this dynamic stage production of the short story to campus. Annalisa Loeffler is absolutely compelling in this absorbing portrait that delves into the tormented mind of a woman who is trapped in a world she cannot escape.”

--Dr. N. J. Stanley, Coordinator, Women’s & Gender Studies Program, Lycoming College, PA


About the Company: Workshop Theater Company

Now in its 13th season, the WorkShop Theater Company specializes in the development of new plays. The company also nurtures the talents of actors, playwrights and directors with the presentation of readings and workshops as well as fully staged plays, and musicals. The company’s two-theater complex on 36th Street includes the 65-seat main stage theater and the 35-seat Jewel Box theater. The award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND, began as the stage play “THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN” by ALLAN KNEE presented by the WorkShop Theater Company in 1998. The WorkShop has also presented premiere productions of the plays “Angel Wings” by Murray Schisgal (who is best known for “Luv” and the screenplay of Tootsie) and “1348” by Tom Dulack (author of the Off-Broadway hit “Breaking Legs”). For more information on the WorkShop Theater Company and their 2007 season lineup, please visit www.workshoptheater.org.

Blowout Theatre Company Presents: All Collections  | Open: 03/07/13 Close: 03/16/13
Blowout Theatre Company proudly announces the world premiere of All Collections by award-winning playwright Paul Cohen. Directed by Emmy Frank, this new play centers around a young couple and their struggle to find both professional and personal fulfillment. Kerry Kastin, Matt Lenzi, Justin Mhor, and Melissa Navia star in this authentic and heartfelt story, set against the backdrop of debt issues in America.

This is Paul Cohen's first collaboration with Blowout Theatre Company. Paul's other works include Mourn the Living Hector, which won an award for Best Playwright New York International Fringe Festival 2008, and The Confidence Man, which was named as one of the ten best plays of 2009 by Gothamist.

Emmy Frank excitedly returns to Blowout to direct All Collections. She has also served as Assistant Director for James Lapine on Act One (Vineyard Arts Project), Merrily We Roll Along (Encores!/NY City Center), Little Miss Sunshine (La Jolla Playhouse), and Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing (Lincoln Center). Emmy made her Broadway debut as a PA on Sondheim on Sondheim (Roundabout Theatre Company).

Blowout's Co-Founder and Artistic Director, Kerry Kastin is thrilled to present this new work. "All Collections beautifully tells a real story, based on the true story of our everyday existence."


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My Mom Is Trying To Ruin My Life  | Open: 02/16/13 Close: 03/10/13
 If Emma’s mom is so great, why is she trying to ruin her daughter’s life? She talks too loudly, worries about everything and kisses Emma in front of her friends. It wouldn’t be that bad if she just gave her one kiss on top of her head, but no, she kisses Emma all over her face.

Can Emma stop her mom before she ruins the rest of her life?

 

Based on the acclaimed Simon & Schuster picture book by Kate Feiffer, My Mom is Trying to Ruin My Life is a hilarious new family musical for kids and their embarrassing parents.

 

 Cast: 

Michael Bernardi*
Maddie Glass
Andrew Hubacher*
Kayla King
Claire Kwon
Noah Marlowe*
Shelly McPherson*
Sydney Ryan Robles
Madisyn Shipman*
Garielle Smith-Goldson
Ryan Bauer Walsh*
Lauren Weintraub*
Ashton Woerz*

 

The cast includes actors from Disney's Mary Poppins, Priscila Queen of the Desert, Enron, and the National Tours of Billy Elliot, A Christmas Story The Musical, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular.


About the Company: Workshop Theater Company

Now in its 13th season, the WorkShop Theater Company specializes in the development of new plays. The company also nurtures the talents of actors, playwrights and directors with the presentation of readings and workshops as well as fully staged plays, and musicals. The company’s two-theater complex on 36th Street includes the 65-seat main stage theater and the 35-seat Jewel Box theater. The award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND, began as the stage play “THE MAN WHO WAS PETER PAN” by ALLAN KNEE presented by the WorkShop Theater Company in 1998. The WorkShop has also presented premiere productions of the plays “Angel Wings” by Murray Schisgal (who is best known for “Luv” and the screenplay of Tootsie) and “1348” by Tom Dulack (author of the Off-Broadway hit “Breaking Legs”). For more information on the WorkShop Theater Company and their 2007 season lineup, please visit www.workshoptheater.org.

South Dakota  | Open: 01/31/13 Close: 02/03/13
On a family farm in Faith, South Dakota, the fields have been shorn of their fruits. Five unique narratives are inextricably linked by the land to a fate they do not fully comprehend: Curly leaves to fight in Afghanistan after September 11th; his cousin Priscilla loses her parents and one of her eyes in a car accident; Judd, a local farm boy, can't take his eyes off her; Curly's father, Bud, buries things in the cornfields; the ghost of a young Lakota girl, killed at Wounded Knee Creek, keeps a curse in the dirt. We discover the circumstances that have left both Bud and the farm empty shells of what they once were, the carnage that took place there over a century earlier, and the passionate bond shared by Curly and Priscilla.

The result is a story with the epic scope of a Greek tragedy - taboo familial love, a hero running off to war to escape his fate, and the lingering ramifications of a massacre visited upon future generations. Quietly personal language, with a spare kind of lyricism, is grounded in the characters' lives and their relationship to the land. We see the chaotic dance of their inner struggle amidst the Great Incomprehensibility. It is a Rock & Roll ghost dance. The sense of place is evocative, shepherding the audience across centuries and continents to arrive at a new understanding of what it means to have roots, to come "from" somewhere - specifically, from South Dakota.


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