THEATER:VILLAGE FESTIVAL 2014
This year's 2nd annual Theater:Village, presented by Axis Theatre, Cherry Lane Theatre, New Ohio Theatre, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, is entitled E Pluribus and features four new plays celebrating the diversity of America.
Theater:Village presents annually a series of new plays in several prominent West Village theater, based around one playwright or common theme. The goal is to involve the collaboration of many producing partners, deepening community engagements and audience experiences. Theater:Village signifies a major shift in the ways theaters work. It challenges the assumptions that we must cut back and compete more fiercely with each other in order to survive as nonprofit arts institutions, and promotes collaboration and community-conscious programming to expose emerging audiences to essential new work they would not otherwise be able to see.
Individual Show Ticket Prices Listed Separately
$95 Adult Pass to all 4 shows
About the theaters:
Directed by Randy Sharp
Music and Lyrics by Randy Sharp & Paul Carbonara
Axis Company (Artistic Director, Randy Sharp) was formed with a mission to present aggressive surrealism, classic vaudeville turns and vanguard adaptation. Past productions include Beckett's Play, Benjamin Baker's 1848 vaudeville A Glance at New York (Edinburgh & NYC), Last Man Club (2013 Drama Desk nomination) and the U.S. premiere of Sarah Kane's Crave, starring Deborah Harry. Axis has also produced the premiere of Edgar Oliver's East 10th Street (New York Times Critic Pick; Fringe First Award: Edinburgh; Spoleto USA 2011) and In The Park.
Randy Sharp has been directing plays for almost 30 years. Educated in London she
returned to the United States to attend Simon's Rock College, a unit of Bard.
After graduating, Randy settled in New York City. Founded in 1996, her theatre company,
Axis, acquired a permanent New York City home in 1998. The interior of the
historic performance space, at 1 Sheridan Square, was transformed to reflect
her vision of total theatrical immersion where audiences are surrounded by the
experience of the play the moment they cross the threshold. Distractions from
the material are minimal. Productions include Drama Desk Award-nominated Last
Man Club, A Glance at New York (Edinburgh Fringe & NYC); Julius
Caesar; Down There; the U.S premiere of Sarah Kane's Crave, starring
Deborah Harry, Seven in One Blow (published by DPS and performed every
December in NYC and around the country); and Edgar Oliver's East 10th
Street: Self Portrait with Empty House (Fringe First Award,
Edinburgh Fringe; Spoleto Festival USA 2011). Her episodic play Hospital,
about the interior life of a man in a coma, is a West Village phenomenon every
summer. She also wrote and directed the period feature film Henry May Long,
winner of 13 international film festival awards.
Paul Carbonara was born in Greenwich Village and has been a
performing musician for 30 years. Paul was the guitarist and musical director
for the seminal pop band Blondie from 1997 through 2010. He has performed with
Ray Davies, Coolio, Jose Carreras and Chubby Checker
among others. Paul was the guitarist for the New York art rock Band Giant Metal
Insects in the 1990s. He has composed music for three independent movie
soundtracks including Randy Sharp's "Henry May Long" and Jyllian
Gunther's "Pull Out". He has composed commercial jingles for Nickelodeon, SBLI
and Waterworks. Paul composed music for the noted choreographer Robert Moses'
work "Faith and Fable" which was presented at the Yerba Buena Center in
San Francisco. Paul performs and records with his own band The Mudlarks. He has also toured much of the world with the
Mary McBride Band since 2010, travelling to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia
and Iraq. Paul is a graduate of NYU and studied with the noted jazz guitarist
TO THE BONE by Lisa Ramirez
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Now celebrating its 90th Anniversary season, Cherry Lane's mission is to cultivate an urban artist colony, honor its groundbreaking history, and engage audiences in creating theater that illuminates contemporary issues, and at its best, transforms the spirit. Situated in a landmark building in Greenwich Village, Cherry Lane Theatre serves as a vital lab for the development of new American works and a home for groundbreaking productions of both new and classic theater of the highest caliber. As New York's longest running Off-Broadway theater, Cherry Lane has helped to define American drama, fostering fresh, daring, and relevant theater since 1924.
LISA RAMIREZ (Actor/Playwright) Originally from San Francisco, Lisa
performed at many Bay Area Theaters including The Magic, Marin Theatre Company,
Actor's Theatre, and Intersection for the Arts, where she received 3 Bay Area
Critics Circle Awards and a Dramalogue Award for her
work. In addition to acting, Lisa was the Literary Director for Brava for Women
in the Arts. In New York, Lisa has performed at HERE Arts Center, the Cherry
Lane Theatre, the Working Theater, 3 Legged Dog,
INTAR, the Ontological-Hysteric Theatre, and Dixon Place. Lisa's first
play, EXIT CUCKOO (nanny in motherland) was
first presented Off Broadway by the Working Theater (Colman Domingo-director)
and subsequently toured in various theaters throughout the U.S. and Ireland.
Other writing credits include; ART OF MEMORY; a
dance theatre piece, commissioned by Company SoGoNo
and presented at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and the 3-Legged Dog in New
York. (Conceived and directed by Tanya Calamoneri); INVISIBLE
WOMEN-RISE; a collaboration with the Foundry Theatre and Domestic
Workers United. TO THE BONE; originally
a Working Theater commission, was a finalist for the
2011 Smith Prize, the O'Neill National Playwrights Conference and the Ellen
Stewart Award; ALL FALL DOWN was conceived/written in 2011/12 at
INTAR during the Maria Irene Fornés Hispanic
Playwrights in Residency Lab. In 2013, Lisa was part of the MENTOR PROJECT 15
at the Cherry Lane Theatre where she wrote and performed a new solo-show; Pas de Deux (lost my
shoe) (Cynthia Hopkins- mentor and Bryan Davidson Blue- director).
Lisa is eternally grateful to Angelina Fiordellisi
and Cherry Lane Theatre for providing an artistic home over the last few
years and for presenting
the world premiere of TO THE BONE (directed
by Lisa Peterson).
I LIKE TO BE HERE: JACKSON HEIGHTS REVISITED, OR, THIS IS A MANGO
By Jenny Lyn Bader, J.Stephen Brantley, Ed Cardona Jr., Les Hunter, Tom Miller, Melisa Tien, and Joy Tomasko.
Conceived and Directed by Ari Laura Kreith
New Ohio Theatre is a two-time OBIE Award-winning
presenting venue that serves Manhattan's most adventurous theatre audiences by
developing and presenting the boldest, most innovative work of today's vast
independent theatre community. They believe the best of this community, the small
artist-driven ensembles and the daring producing companies who operate without
a permanent theatrical home, are actively expanding the boundaries of where
American theatre is right now and where it's going. New Ohio Theatre nurtures,
strengthens, and promotes this community; as we reestablish the West Village as
a destination for mature, ridiculous, engaged, irreverent, gut-wrenching,
frivolous, sophisticated, foolish, and profound theatrical endeavors. For more
info visit NewOhioTheatre.org.
Theatre 167 is a multicultural, multilingual ensemble dedicated
to creating imaginative, deeply collaborative plays that
investigate our cultural complexities. Named for the 167 languages spoken in Jackson Heights, the most
culturally diverse neighborhood in the world, Theatre 167 experiments with form
and process to develop theatrical productions that celebrate a multiplicity of
voices. Theatre 167
created and produced The Jackson Heights Trilogy167 TONGUES, YOU ARE NOW THE
OWNER OF THIS SUITCASE, and JACKSON HEIGHTS 3AMthree full-length plays
collaboratively written by 18 playwrights, featuring 37 actors in 93 roles in
14 languages, which were presented individually at multiple venues Queens from
2010 - 2012, in Manhattan in rotating repertory and as a six-hour epic in 2013,
and as an immersive installation at Queens Museum in 2014. Also in 2013, Theatre 167 produced
the world premiere of J. Stephen Brantley's PIRIRA both in Queens and
Off-Broadway at Manhattan's West End Theatre. Now a resident company at the West End,
they are currently developing a new, multi-writer piece, THE CHURCH OF WHY NOT,
for production there in November.
JUÁREZ: A Documentary Mythology
Co-Production with Theater Mitu
Conceived and created by Theater Mitu
Directed by Rubén Polendo
"If you want to support a writer, produce the first five plays he writes."
– August Wilson.
The mission of Rattlestick
Playwrights Theater is to provide a positive, nurturing experience for emerging
playwrights, to present diverse and challenging plays that otherwise might not
be produced and to foster the future voices of American theater. Although there
are other companies that showcase new playwrights, there are very few who can
match Rattlestick's focus, achievement and continuing
support from a play's inception to its final production.
Rubén Polendo is founder and artistic director of Theater Mitu; applauded as "one of the ten top, hot companies in
New York" and "exciting...outside the boundaries of standard Western drama" (The
New York Times). Polendo has written and
directed several works with his company including: JUÁREZ: A
Documentary Mythology; DR.C (or How I Learned to Act in Eight
Steps); An opera in Eight Parts (developed at Sundance and Robert
Wilson's Watermill Center/ premiered at 3LD Arts and Technology Center in New
York); The Apostle Project (premiered at New York Theater
Workshop); Canticle; Moonchild; Ahraishak (developed at Sundance); The
Legend of The Kinnaree. Adaptations include The
Ramayana; A Dream Play; Waiting; Chaos; Death
of a Salesman; The Mahabharata; Medea; A
Play on War (an adaptation of Mother Courage,
produced by NAATCO); The Odyssey; Hamletmachine; The
Shakespeare Project; The Noh Cycle; The Tutor; Four
Saints in Mexico; Dhammashok (developed
at the Sundance Theater Lab/presented at The Mark Taper Forum's ON STAGE
series); A Midsummer Night's Dream and String of
Theater, Thailand); HAIR (Skirball
Theater Mitu is a permanent group of collaborators committed to expanding the definition of theater through methodical experimentation with its form. Driven by a theory we call WHOLE THEATER, the company investigates global performance as a source for our training, work, and methodologies. Founded in 1997 and led by Founding Artistic Director Rubén Polendo, Theater Mitu researches a wide variety of performance traditions, exploring theatrical form and supporting the growth of its members through company training. Its considerable body of work includes development with some of the world's leading theatrical innovators; productions in conjunction with universities and conservatories; engagement with non-theatrical communities; and international research and training with its company members. Most recent research and training initiatives have led the company to travel to Egypt, Yemen, Chile, Sudan, Nepal, India, Jordan, Mongolia, Peru, Japan, Bali, Mexico, the UAE and more. This has led to intensive training sessions and collaborations with some of these cultures' most important performance masters. Mitu's work has been developed and presented at American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; the McCarter Theater in Princeton, NJ; the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles; The Alliance Theater in Atlanta, GA; The Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati; Patravadi Theater in Bangkok, Thailand; UNAM/CUT in Mexico City; Fundación Grupo Imperial in Cd. Juárez, Mexico; Black Box Theater in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia; Mansion in Beirut, Lebanon; The Perseverance Theater in Alaska; The Public Theater's Under the Radar Festival; Lincoln Center Theater's Director's Lab; INTAR; The Juilliard School; New York University; NYU Abu Dhabi; NAATCO; The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts; and New York Theatre Workshop.
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