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Alabama Shakes Returns to Repertory for 2018-19 Season

The first programmed by ASF’s new artistic director, Rick Dildine, it features world premieres and musicals alongside classics.

BY AMERICAN THEATRE EDITORS

MONTGOMERY, ALA.: Artistic director Rick Dildine and executive director Todd Schmidt have announced their inaugural festival season at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, which will feature 14 productions over a full six weeks of spring repertory, along with unexpected theatrical experiences in found spaces.

“We are moving into a new stage of ASF’s history,” said artistic director Dildine in statement. “Our 47th season represents a return to the festival repertory format with more than one show running at a time, along with a renewed commitment to this community with plays that reflect who we are today. This slate of shows includes more Shakespeare, two plays by Christina Ham in repertory together, a residency from NYC’s Bedlam Theatre Company, and a world premiere of a new play by Susan Ferrara, directed by ASF acting alum and Emmy Award winner Carrie Preston.”

With the recent opening of the Equal Justice Initiative National Memorial for Peace and Justice and Montgomery’s primary position on the U.S. Civil Rights Trail, the community of Montgomery has been nationally recognized as a top tourist destination in 2018. “There is tremendous opportunity in this moment for ASF to return to its festival roots,” said newly appointed executive director Schmidt. “ASF will enhance the already robust opportunities for visitors to Montgomery with multiple concurrent productions in three different venues.”

The season kicks off with Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe (Sept. 29-Oct. 20), directed by Rick Dildine. This intimate and collaborative performance is about the lengths we’ll go for those we love.

Next is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic The Sound of Music (Nov. 15-Dec. 30), also directed by Dildine. The show follows Maria, a young and spirited nun-turned-governess, and the Von Trapp family.

Following that is The Gospel of Luke (Dec. 6-30), realized by Bruce Kuhn. The book of the apostle is told with the passion and surprise of an eyewitness account.

The next begins with Christina Ham’s Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963 (Jan. 25-Feb. 13, 2019), directed by Tangela Large. This show tells the story of Denise McNair, Carole Robertson, Cynthia Wesley, and Addie Mae Collins, the talented and promising victims of a notorious and tragic anti-Civil Rights bombing.

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The cast of Christina Ham’s “Four Little Girls” at SteppingStone Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., in 2015.

Running in repertory with that is another play by Ham, Nina Simone: Four Women (Jan. 30-Feb. 17, 2019), with music by Simone and direction by Lydia Fort. Through storytelling and song, this show celebrates the way Simone helped define the sound of the Civil Rights Movement.

Thornton Wilder’s classic Our Town follows (Feb. 21-Apr. 27, 2019), directed by Bruce Longworth. This iconic play follows young lovers Emily and George and their neighbors through a life journey that delivers universal truths about what it means to be human.

Romeo and Juliet is next (Feb. 28-Apr. 29, 2019), to be directed by Dildine, in a new staging about the “star-crossed lovers” whose families’ long-standing feud has pitted neighbor against neighbor.

Following is Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat (Mar. 3-May 5, 2019), directed by Neil David Seibel. The classic children’s book comes to life.

Next is Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias (Mar. 21-May 5, 2019). This heartwarming story of six Southern women who gather and gossip at the local beauty parlor will be directed by Dildine.

Into the Breeches by George Brant is next (Apr. 4 -May 4, 2019), directed by Shana Gozansky. Set in Montgomery in 1942, the play follows what happens when the men are away at war and the wife of the local playhouse’s director produces an all-female version of Shakespeare’s Henry IV and Henry V.

Next is As You Like It (Apr. 11-25, 2019) by William Shakespeare. One of the Bard’s most popular romantic comedies, this tale of love, desire, and mistaken identity will be directed by Greta Lambert.

Carrie Preston will direct the world premiere of Susan Ferrara’s Buzz (Sept. 4-15, 2019), based on the true story of charismatic director Mary Ann “Buzz” Goodbody, one of only five women directing in the U.K. in the 1970s. In 1975, she famously directed Ben Kingsley in the title role of Hamlet. Four days later, she was gone.

Appropriately enough, Hamlet will run in rep with Buzz (Sept. 5-Oct. 6, 2019), in a production by NYC’s Bedlam Theatre, in residence at ASF, under director Eric Tucker.

The season closer is Shaw’s Saint Joan (Sept. 12-Oct. 5, 2019), in Bedlam’s acclaimed four-actor staging.

Alabama Shakespeare Festival is the largest professional theatre in Alabama and one of the largest Shakespeare festivals in the world. Designated as the State Theatre of Alabama, ASF has been located in Montgomery since 1985, when it moved from Anniston because of Mr. and Mrs. Wynton M. Blount’s gift of a performing arts complex set in the 250-acre Wynton M. Blount Cultural Park.


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2018-2019 SEASON

The 2018-2019 New Festival Season is engaging, collaborative, and focused on telling meaningful stories that celebrate the human experience.

We are moving into a new stage of ASF’s history, where the shows resonate with the people in our community and respond to the times. For the first time in over 15 years, the Festival experience is back with multiple shows running in repertory.

This theatre is the community’s center; a place where all are welcome.

Join us in embracing our community – one story at a time.

 

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Buzz

by Susan Ferrara
directed by Carrie Preston

September 4 – September 15, 2019
Scene Shop AKA The Other Place
90 minutes, no intermission

Charismatic director Mary Ann “Buzz” Goodbody was one of only five women directing in the UK in the 1970s. In 1975, she famously directed Ben Kingsley in the title role of Hamlet. Four days later, she was gone. Directed by ASF alumna and Emmy Award winner Carrie Preston. A world premiere production in an innovative space.

“My brother calls me Buzz ’cause I never stop moving.” – Excerpt from Buzz by Susan Ferrara

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Alabama Shakespeare Festival Unveils 2019 Season

BY OLIVIA CLEMENT

SEP 04, 2018

The 47th season will feature 14 shows, including Christina Ham's play about Nina Simone, Bedlam Theatre Company, and The Sound of Music.

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Christina Ham

Alabama Shakespeare Festival has unveiled the lineup for its 47th season, the inaugural one under the new leadership of Artistic Director Rick Dildine and Executive Director Todd Schmidt. The slate includes 14 productions and will feature six weeks of shows playing in repertory throughout the spring.

Included in the 2018–2019 ASF lineup will be two plays by Christina Ham in repertory together (one of which, Nina Simone: Four Women, celebrates the iconic singer and features her music); a residency from New York City-based Off-Broadway company Bedlam (Saint Joan and Hamlet, both directed by Eric Tucker); the world premiere of Susan Ferrara's Buzz, a new play about Mary Ann “Buzz” Goodbody, RSC's first female director in the 1970s; and a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music.

“We are moving into a new stage of ASF’s history,” said Dildine in a statement. “Our 47th season represents a return to the festival repertory format with more than one show running at a time, along with a renewed commitment to this community with plays that reflect who we are today.

Completing the season will be Duncan Macmillan’s intimate and immersive play, Every Brilliant ThingThe Gospel of Luke; Ham's play Four Little Girls: Birmingham 1963; Shakespeare’s As You Like It and Romeo and Juliet; Thornton Wilder’s Our Town, Robert Harling’s Steel Magnolias; and George Brant’s new comedy Into the Breeches!.

For more information visit asf.net.


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Changes are Coming for Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s 2018-19 Season

Posted: Aug 16, 2018 6:27 PM CDT

by Alabama News Network Staff

The Alabama Shakespeare Festival in Montgomery has announced several exciting changes for the 2018-19 season. As Alabama News Network reported Live from tonight’s announcement, there will be 14 productions — the most in ASF’s history.

The inaugural New Festival Season will have a full six weeks of spring repertory format with more than one show running at a time.

That’s not the only change. The season will start with “Every Brilliant Thing”, with the audience seated on the Festival Stage in an interactive performance. The season will end with the world premiere of “Buzz”, directed by Emmy Award winner and ASF alumna Carrie Preston.

Other changes include show times and pricing. Read the entire announcement for details on the upcoming shows.

ASF 2018 2019 Season

 Remembering these fantastic people while listening to POD SAVE AMERICA...me, Abe Goldfarb, Kristen Vaughan and Brian Silliman with Clay McLeod Chapman sneaking in at the bottom of the shot...THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW...

Remembering these fantastic people while listening to POD SAVE AMERICA...me, Abe Goldfarb, Kristen Vaughan and Brian Silliman with Clay McLeod Chapman sneaking in at the bottom of the shot...THE PUMPKIN PIE SHOW...

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation Announces Off-Off-Broadway Nominees

by BWW News Desk Jul. 24, 2018  

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On Monday, July 23, 2018, The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, the organization who for the past 14 years has been dedicated to celebrating Off-Off-Broadway, announced the 2018 nominees at its annual event, The IT Party. Celebrating fourteen years and thousands of nominees at le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleeker Street.

The FREE event was open to the entire community, celebrating the best and the brightest in OOB. The announcement was made by the co-executive directors, Shay Gines, and Nick Micozzi and Company Manager, Akia, plus members of the community including: CK AllenAriel EstradaSusan FerraraGideon Pianko, Aimee Todoroff, and Kathleen Warnock.

The 2018 recipients will be awarded from a pool of 157 individual artists, 53 different productions, and 52 different theatre companies. Nominated productions were seen on stages in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. In the past 14 years, the IT Awards have honored over 2,500 artists, over 700 productions and over 650 companies.

"It means so much to be recognized for our work. It is an honor to be nominated and our fellow artists truly inspire and motivate us," said Bethany Geraghty who is nominated for Outstanding Ensemble for New Dance Theatre's production of Asylum.
Press photos and information about the event are available at www.nyitawards.com and from our press agent Katie Rosin at 917-438-9223 and Katie@kampfirefilmspr.com.

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
Danielle Amendola, Jessica Banegas, Ryan Hunt, Kelsey MartinJoe MarxTodd Ritch, Alyssa Faye Smith, Jordan Westfall, Felicia Wilkins The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 5th Floor Theatre Company

Jim AndersonJes Bedwinek, Amy Fulgham, Alexandra Gellner, Bethany, Patrick T. Horn, Shannon Stowe, Angie Tennant Asylum, New Dance Theatre in association with Access Theatre

Denali Bennett, Victoria Bundonis, LaDonna Burns, Denise DeMars, Tia DeShazorSusan Cohen DeStefano, Christine Donnelly, Andrea DottoDan EntrikenJonathan FluckSpencer HansenJames HarterMarcie HendersonGreg Horton, Kathleen LaMagna, Andrea McCullough, Sharae Moultrie, Ben Northrup, Rusty RiegelmanBruce SabathCarolyn SeiffCliff Sellers, Lauren Alice Smith, Lucy SorluccoTina Stafford, Noah Virgile, Mandarin Wu Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Zac Jaffee, Maurice JonesCassandra Paras, Leigh Williams, Justin Yorio The Loneliest Number, Amios

Cynthia BabakCarrie HeitmanEmily KunkelChad Lindsey, Elizabeth London, Asia Mark, Nylda Ria Mark, Javan Nelson, Jeremy RafalShe-She-She, Hook & Eye Theater

Sami BrayJuliana CanfieldSamantha Blaire CutlerGregory Diaz IV, Renata Friedman, Carolyn Holding, Lynne LiptonAustin SmithMatthew StadelmannPaul Wesley Zurich, Colt Coeur


OUTSTANDING SOLO PERFORMANCE
Eric Avilés
Where You From? What You Be About?, Liberation Arts Collective

Clara Francesca
Manifesting Mrs. Marx, Loup Garou Internationale

Timothy McCown
Reynolds Syndrome, Loup Garou Internationale

J.A. Moad II
Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, Poetic Theater Productions

Valerie Redd
You / Emma, Wandering Bark Theatre Company in association with IRT Theater

Ilia Volok
Diary of a Madman, A Perfect World Productions

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A FEATURED ROLE
Eric Doviak
Apartment 301, Elsinore County

John Lenartz
Tartuffe, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble

Justin Phillips
A New Brain, The Gallery Players

Todd Ritch
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, 5th Floor Theatre Company

Ric Sechrest
We Are a Masterpiece, Retro Productions

Justin Yorio
The Loneliest Number, Amios

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A FEATURED ROLE
Victoria Bundonis
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

LaDonna Burns
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Mary-Linda Greene
Enough Vo5 for the Universe, Melanie Maria Goodreaux in association with Theater for the New City

Megan Greener
Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet Isn't Dead

Maria Peyramaure
Breitwisch Farm, Esperance Theater Company

Elisabeth Preston
The Elephant Man, The Gallery Players

OUTSTANDING ACTOR IN A LEAD ROLE
Travis Burbee
Dog Sees God, The E.P.I.C. Players

Christopher J. Domig
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Sea Dog Theater

Greg Horton
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Jesse Manocherian
A New Brain, The Gallery Players

Ryan McCurdy
Greencard Wedding, Goode Productions

Mitch Tebo
Plaza Suite, The Gallery Players

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS IN A LEAD ROLE
Rosa Arredondo
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Sea Dog Theater

Shaun Bennet Fauntleroy
Richard III, Smith Street Stage

Alexandra Cohler
Basement, Roly Poly Productions

Maggie Low
Chickens in the Yard, Adjusted Realists

Rosa Rodriguez
Three on a Match, IATI Theater

Camille Upshaw
Letters in the Dirt, The Brick Theater, Inc. in association with Rosie DeSantis

Leigh Williams
The Loneliest Number, Amios

OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY/MOVEMENT
Mick Bleyer
Snow, A.N.O.N. Productions

Sara Brians
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Emily Clark
It Shoulda Been You, The Gallery Players

The New Dance Theatre Company
Asylum, New Dance Theatre in association with Access Theatre

Kristen Brooks Sandler
Lysistrata Jones, Ophelia Theatre Group

Keelie Sheridan, Yoshiko Usami, & The Ume Group
by wing, fin, hoof or foot, The Ume Group

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Zurich, Colt Coeur

Ashley Griffin
Snow, A.N.O.N. Productions

Mark Lewis
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Sea Dog Theater

Timothy McCown Reynolds
Manifesting Mrs. Marx, Loup Garou Internationale

Jordan Reeves
Pericles: Born in a Tempest, Hunger & Thirst Theatre in association with The Guerilla Shakespeare Project

Virlana Tkacz
1917-2017:Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs, Yara Arts Group in association with La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

OUTSTANDING LIGHTING DESIGN
Stacey Boggs
AMP, Goode Productions

Alejandro Fajardo
She-She-She, Hook & Eye Theater

Paul Hudson
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Sea Dog Theater

Jeff Nash
Manifesting Mrs. Marx, Loup Garou Internationale

Jay Ryan
The Snow Queen, Blessed Unrest in association with New Ohio Theatre

Annie Wiegand
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
Sidney Fortner
The Jewish King Lear, Metropolitan Playhouse

Joey Haws
The Elephant Man, The Gallery Players

Debbi Hobson
Tartuffe, Phoenix Theatre Ensemble

Jennifer A. Jacob
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Emily Rose Parman
Trojan Women, Hudson Warehouse

Haley Peterson
Soot and Spit, Our Voices Theater in association with IRT Theater

OUTSTANDING SET DESIGN
Ann Beyersdorfer
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Ann Beyersdorfer
A Real Boy, Ivy Theatre Company

Clifton Chadick
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective

You-Shin Chen
Basement, Roly Poly Productions

Maruti Evans
Precious Little Talent, Shea Delves Productions

Devin Petersen
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Sea Dog Theater

OUTSTANDING SOUND DESIGN
Dan Bianchi & Wes Shippee
Radiotheatre's 9th Annual H.P.Lovecraft Festival, Radiotheatre in association with Theater At St. John's

Megan Culley
A Real Boy, Ivy Theatre Company

Caroline Eng & James Higgins
Follies, Astoria Performing Arts Center

Beth Lake
The Snow Queen, Blessed Unrest in association with New Ohio Theatre

Lee Salevan
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Sea Dog Theater

Mark Van Hare
Sheila, The Associates Theater Ensemble

OUTSTANDING INNOVATIVE DESIGN
Sangmin Chae & Bo sul Kim
for Video Design
Panorama, LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club

Waldemart Klyuzko
for Projection Design
1917-2017:Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs , Yara Arts Group in association with La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

Joe Moro
for Projection Design
Only You Can Prevent Wildfires, Ricochet Collective

Matt Reeves
for Projection Design
Pericles: Born in a Tempest, Hunger & Thirst Theatre in association with The Guerilla Shakespeare Project

Lisa Renkel
for Projection Design
Outside Paducah: The Wars at Home, Poetic Theater Productions

Eric Wright
for Puppet Design
A Real Boy, Ivy Theatre Company

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL MUSIC
David AnzueloJody Christopherson, Michael de Roos, Ryan McCurdy, Adam Swiderski
Greencard Wedding, Goode Productions

Dan Bianchi
Radiotheatre's 9th Annual H.P.Lovecraft Festival, Radiotheatre in association with Theater At St.John's

Pornchanok Kanchanabanca
She-She-She, Hook & Eye Theater

Julian Kytasty, Serhiy Zhadan, & The Dogs
1917-2017:Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs, Yara Arts Group in association with La Mama Experimental Theatre Club

James Overton
Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet Isn't Dead

Jacob Subotnick
The Elephant Man, The Gallery Players

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SHORT SCRIPT
Mario Correa
Henry , F*It Club

Jahna Ferron-Smith
Imperfect and Important, F*It Club

Joseph Hefner
Agency, The Company Ink in association with Michael Johnson

Jon Kern
Cost/Benefit, F*It Club

Dan McCabe
Snackable Content, F*It Club

Amy Staats
Detention, F*It Club

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL FULL-LENGTH SCRIPT
Eric Avilés
Where You From? What You Be About?, Liberation Arts Collective

Rosie DeSantis
Letters in the Dirt, The Brick Theater, Inc. in association with Rosie DeSantis

Gina Femia
We Are a Masterpiece, Retro Productions

Clara Francesca
Manifesting Mrs. Marx, Loup Garou Internationale

Stephen Kaliski
The Briefly Dead, Adjusted Realists

Matt Opatrny
The Snow Queen, Blessed Unrest in association with New Ohio Theatre

Lizzie Vieh
The Loneliest Number, Amios

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE ART PRODUCTION
AMP
Goode Productions

Asylum
New Dance Theatre in association with Access Theatre

The Infinite Wrench
New York Neo-Futurists

Lost Adult: Answers to Any Name
Obvious Volcano

Panorama
LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club

Soot and Spit
Our Voices Theater in association with IRT Theater

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A MUSICAL
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
5th Floor Theatre Company

1917-2017:Tychyna, Zhadan & the Dogs
Yara Arts Group in association with LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club

A Charlie Brown Christmas
The Secret Theatre

Follies
Astoria Performing Arts Center

Lysistrata Jones
Ophelia Theatre Group

A New Brain
The Gallery Players

OUTSTANDING PREMIERE PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Letters in the Dirt
The Brick Theater, Inc. in association with Rosie DeSantis

ReFUSE
Gemini CollisionWorks in association with The Brick Theater, Inc.

Snow
A.N.O.N. Productions

The Snow Queen
Blessed Unrest in association with New Ohio Theatre

Three on a Match
IATI Theater

Zurich
Colt Coeur

OUTSTANDING REVIVAL OF A PLAY
Danny and the Deep Blue Sea
Sea Dog Theater

Independence
Erica KnightTeryn Gray, and Paige Felger

The Jewish King Lear
Metropolitan Playhouse

Manifesting Mrs. Marx
Loup Garou Internationale

Much Ado About Nothing
Hamlet Isn't Dead

Pericles: Born in a Tempest
Hunger & Thirst Theatre in association with The Guerilla Shakespeare Project

 

MATT FREEMAN'S THE HOLLOW...

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The Hollow is an evening of expressionist short works written and directed Matthew Freeman (The Listeners, That Which Isn’t, The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children).

in the great expanse of space there is nothing to see but More, More, More follows seven women through the fractured experience of a foreboding diagnosis.

a hand emerges from the water is a portrait of harrowing memory.

The Language dramatizes the excavation of an secret, lost language. 

Matthew Freeman’s (Playwright/Director) plays have been seen on stages throughout New York City. His plays and monologues have been published by Samuel French, Applause, Smith & Kraus, the New York Theatre Experience and Playscripts, Inc. His plays include That Which Isn’t, When is a Clock, The Listeners (Nominee: Best Performance Art Production – New York Innovative Theatre Awards 2015), and Why We Left Brooklyn. As a director, Freeman has staged The Zebra Shirt of Lonely Children by Matthew Trumbull at the NY International Fringe Festival 2012 (Encore Series; Award, Overall Excellence in Solo Performance) and the Minnesota Fringe Festival 2013. He is a current resident playwright at New Dramatists and a MacDowell Colony Fellow.

 Writer-director Matthew Freeman returns to the Brick with a new collection of expressionist short works that explore interior life.

Writer-director Matthew Freeman returns to the Brick with a new collection of expressionist short works that explore interior life.

 The Hollow  Theater, Experimental  The Brick  , Williamsburg Wednesday May 30 2018 - Saturday June 2 2018

The Hollow

Theater, Experimental The Brick , Williamsburg Wednesday May 30 2018 - Saturday June 2 2018

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Currently writing THE FIELD, a

full-length play inspired by the work of female war correspondents.

 

 

“Our mission is to speak the truth to power. We send home that first rough draft of history. We can and do make a difference in exposing the horrors of war and especially the atrocities that befall civilians.”  Marie Colvin (American journalist who worked for the The Sunday Times from 1985 until her death in 2012 covering the siege of Homs in Syria.)

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INDEPENDENCE by Lee Blessing: A Female-Fueled Project To Open At Alchemical Theatre Laboratory

by BWW News Desk Mar. 6, 2018  

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A powerful female-fueled project, INDEPENDENCE is the story of a family divided against itself.

"The more we act like a normal, happy family, the better the chance we'll become one someday." - Kess, INDEPENDENCE

Coming to Alchemical Theatre Laboratory on March 16th-26th, Lee Blessing's INDEPENDENCE is an exciting women-led production that dives into the world of a mother, her three daughters, and all the misconnections that occur between them. Co-Directed by Tony Award and Drama Desk-nominated actress Elizabeth A. Davis, and Srda Vasiljevic (Bway: Deaf West's Spring Awakening, Mothers & Sons).

Featuring award-winning playwright and actress Susan Ferrara*, Erica Knight*, Teryn Gray, and Paige Felger.

Produced by Erica Knight, Teryn Gray, and Paige Felger. Associate Produced by Maggie Snyder.

Welcome to Independence, Iowa - the lifelong home of Evelyn Briggs, and generations' worth of familial misconnections. Evelyn's oldest daughter, Kess, a university professor, has long since decided to cut her family ties, but has come home at the sudden request of her sister; Jo, an incurable romantic, is unexpectedly pregnant and has become increasingly worried about Evelyn's mental health; while Sherry, salty-tongued and proudly amoral, wants only to finish high school so she can leave home for good. The sisters struggle to meet the expectations of their demanding mother, while the fight to pursue their individual aspirations for life and love test the bounds of family loyalty.

After their paths crossed during an acting class, Erica Knight (Kess), Teryn Gray (Jo), and Paige Felger (Sherry) found that Lee Blessing's characters deeply resonated with them-and they set out to produce a reading of INDEPENDENCE at Shetler Studios in Summer 2017. Along with themselves, the reading also starred Susan Ferrara (Evelyn), and was directed by Elizabeth A. Davis. With an overwhelmingly positive response, and still feeling a need to share these characters' voices with a wider audience, Erica, Teryn, and Paige moved to put the show on its feet and present a fully staged production. After running a successful Indiegogo campaign and curating a women-powered musical fundraising event-along with the help of Associate Producer Maggie Snyder, INDEPENDENCE is gearing up for a 10 show run at Alchemical Theatre Laboratory from March 16th-26th.

"I'm so proud of the women in this production. I see more and more women in this industry that are saying, if i want to tell a story, it is my responsibility to find a way to tell it. I don't have to sit back and wait for somebody to tell me whether or not i get to do what I love to do. I think that is important and very freeing, as we need these voices more than ever" - Elizabeth A. Davis, Co-Director

Alchemical Theatre Laboratory, Studio A

104 W 14th St, 3rd Floor, NYC

PREVIEWS: Friday March 16th at 8pm, Saturday March 17th at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday March 18th at 7pm, Monday March 19th at 7pm

PERFORMANCES:  Wednesday March 21st at 7pm (Opening Night), Saturday March 24th at 8pm, Sunday March 25th at 2pm & 7pm, Monday March 26th at 7pm

INDEPENDENCE runs 1 hour 55 minutes with a 10 minute intermission.

To purchase tickets, go to:

Independencenyc.bpt.me OR independencenyc.brownpapertickets.com

Or, find us on TodayTix!

35 and Under : $18.00

General Admission: $20.00

*Denotes member of Actor's Equity

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Off-Broadway

Photo Flash: INDEPENDENCE: THE PLAY By Lee Blessing Comes to Alchemical Theatre Laboratory

by BWW News Desk Mar. 20, 2018  

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After a successful weekend of preview performances, INDEPENDENCE opens on March 21st at 7pm and has additional performances on March 24th at 8pmMarch 25th at 2pm & 7pm, and March 26th at 7pm. All performances are at Alchemical Theatre Laboratory (104 W 14th St, 3rd Floor)

Co-Directed by: Tony Award and Drama Desk-nominated actress Elizabeth A. Davis, and Srda Vasiljevic (Bway: Deaf West's Spring Awakening, Mothers & Sons).

Featuring:
Susan Ferrara* as EVELYN
Erica Knight* as KESS
Teryn Gray as JO
Paige Felger as SHERRY

Produced by Erica Knight, Teryn Gray, and Paige Felger. Associate Produced by Maggie Snyder.

Assistant Director: Chelsea Drumel
Production Stage Manager: Lizzy Emanuel*
Assistant Stage Manager: Myra Lamphier

INDEPENDENCE runs 1 hour 55 minutes including a 10 minute intermission. 

TICKET INFO:
To purchase tickets, go to:
independencenyc.brownpapertickets.com
Or, find us on TodayTix or TDF! Tickets are also available at the door! 
Students w/ valid ID: $10.00
35 and Under: $18.00
General Admission: $20.00

FOLLOW:
Instagram: @independencenyc
Facebook: Independence: The Play
Ticketing issues or any questions about the production, please email independencetheplay@gmail.com.

INDEPENDENCE is an Equity Approved Showcase.
*Denotes member of Actor's Equity

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Sherry (Paige Felger), Evelyn (Susan Ferrara), and Kess (Erica Knight)
Jo (Teryn Gray) and Evelyn (Susan Ferrara)
Evelyn (Susan Ferrara) and Kess (Erica Knight)
Kess (Erica Knight)
Sherry (Paige Felger)
Sherry (Paige Felger), Kess (Erica Knight) and Jo (Teryn Gray)
Jo (Teryn Gray), Sherry (Paige Felger), Evelyn (Susan Ferrara) and Kess (Erica Knight)

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Lee Blessing's INDEPENDENCE in Manhattan

Artwork by: Amanda Gay


 The Hollow  Theater, Experimental  The Brick  , Williamsburg Wednesday May 30 2018 - Saturday June 2 2018

The Hollow

Theater, Experimental The Brick , Williamsburg Wednesday May 30 2018 - Saturday June 2 2018