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2007 - 2008 Season

 


 

 

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Stop Kiss

 

October 17-21, 24-28, 2007

Playwright: Diana Son

Directed by: Michelle Hayford

Stop Kiss by Diana Son is described by the New York Times as a "sweet, sad and enchantingly sincere play." At once about violence, risk, affection, and the complexity of attraction, this comic drama situates romance as a brave venture requiring self exploration and the courage to make choices in a climate of fear of ambivalence.

 

 

 

 

Stop Kiss

The Living Blog

 

February 13-17, 20-24, 2008

Playwright: Barry Cavin

Directed by: Barry Cavin

The Living Blog: Apocalypse is an original play written, designed, and directed by Barry Cavin and based on material collected in cyberspace.

During the Depression, Congress established the Federal Theatre Project as a means to employ thousands of out-of -work theatre professionals. The most memorable series of works to come out of the FTP was The Living Newspaper. The Living Newspaper was an of amalgam newspaper stories, political speeches, and official documents. The power of theatre breathed life into sterile accounts of society ravaged by poverty, war, and social injustice. The social conditions became so vivid in performance Congress withdrew its funding of the project after only four years due to complaints that the work was linked to Communism.

Our experimental production puts a contemporary spin on the idea of performing news accounts by appropriating the current equivalent of the vital press- the blog. This multi-media, multi-layered performance will take its material from a blogosphere created by the author and other contributors throughout cyberspace. The result will be a five act play (Scandal, Election, War, Environment, and Apocalypse) with each act corresponding to a blog. So the production will take place as much on the internet as on the stage. Even after seventy years, some of the same ills still threaten our society and new threats loom on the horizon. The Living Blog promises to be as current, responsive, and controversial as The Living Newspaper was in the 1930s.


 

 

 

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Omnium Gatherum

 

Playwright: Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck

Directed by: Stuart Brown

Performance Dates: April 9-13, 16-20, 2008

Omnium Gatherum tells the story of a must unusual dinner party: In a city not unlike New York, in a time not unlike today, several great minds gather to enjoy incendiary conversation, life-or-death discourse, and chutney-encrusted seared salmon. When an unexpected guest arrives just in time for dessert, the table is set for a startling turn of events. Omnium Gatherum, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, is witty, provocative, funny and political.

Omnium Gatherum tells the story of a must unusual dinner party: In a city not unlike New York, in a time not unlike today, several great minds gather to enjoy incendiary conversation, life-or-death discourse, and chutney-encrusted seared salmon. When an unexpected guest arrives just in time for dessert, the table is set for a startling turn of events. Omnium Gatherum, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated play, is witty, provocative, funny and political.