CAVEDWELLER

Play by Kate Moira Ryan
Based on the novel by Dorothy Allison
Direction - Michael Greif

Sets - Riccardo Hernandez
Costumes - Ilona Smyogy
Lighting - Jennifer Tipton
Sound - Jerry Yager
Projections - Jan Hartley
Original music - Stephen Trask and Julia Greenberg

Cast:
Delia Byrd .............................................Deirdre O’connell
Rosemary .............................................Adriane Lenox
Cissy Pritchard ......................................Merritt Wever
Waitress, Louise Windsor,
Marcia Pearlman, Nadine Reitower,
Gillian Wynchester, Mrs. Caidenhead,
Bartender .............................................Lynne Mccollough
Grandaddy Byrd, Nolan Reitower ............Carson Elrod
Dede Windsor .......................................Jenny Maguire
Amanda Windsor ..................................Shannon Burkett
Clint Windsor, Deputy Emmet Tyler,
Michael Graham,Billy Tucker ..................Stevie Ray Dallimore

 

Facility:
New York Theatre Workshop

Facility Address:
79 East 4th Street. Located between Bowery and Second Avenue in the East Village.

Prices: all tickets, $60.00

Description: CAVEDWELLER is the story of rock star Delia Byrd, a tough, prickly and humanly flawed character. With her once-successful career in decline, Delia journeys home to Georgia to reclaim her abandoned daughters and reunite a family torn apart by violence, poverty, and addiction. A searing chronicle of rage, strength and survival, it shows the way women get by, the way they come to forgive one another, and the way they choose who they will become.

CAVEDWELLER is the second in a series being produced by the Workshop entitled CRADLE AND ALL: THE CHANGING AMERICAN FAMILY. Four works, beginning with Prudence Wright Holmes' Bexley, OH(!), will explore how powerful historical forces - economic, social and political - have radically transformed American family life over the last century, as well as how these forces will continue to impact this essential human structure into the future. Other works in the series will include FLESH AND BLOOD, by Peter Gaitens, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham, directed by Doug Hughes; and Alexander Thomas' THROW PITCHFORK, which was first produced at NYTW last season and will be remounted for a limited engagement.

Dates: first preview, Friday, April 18, 2003; opening night, Thursday, May 8, 2003;
final performance, Sunday, June 1, 2003

Performance schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 8:00pm; Saturday, 2:00pm and 8:00pm; Sunday, 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Exceptions: Saturday, April 19, no 2:00pm performance
Sunday, April 20, no 2:00pm performance
Thursday, May 8, special 7:00pm performance (opening night)

AfterWords (post-performance discussions): Thursday, April 24
Sunday, April 27, 7:00pm performance only
Wednesday, May 14
Sunday, May 18, 7:00pm performance only

Running time: to be announced

Usual Suspect Kate Moira Ryan was a winner of the Young Playwrights Festival in 1985, at the age of 16. She has received grants and fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Sumner Locke Elliott Exchange from New Dramatists, the Australian National Playwrights Conference, Van Lier/The Women's Project, Yaddo, MacDowell, and the Edward Albee Foundation. As a member of New Dramatists, she was awarded the Brooks Atkinson/Max Weitzenhoffer Fellowship to the Royal National Theater in London. Recent projects include a musical LEAVING QUEENS written with composer Kim D. Sherman, which premiered at Portland Center Stage and was subsequently produced at The Women's Project in 2001. Her play HAROLD'S DEATH premiered at the Working Women's Theater Company in San Francisco in 2001. She recently completed SHOPLIFTING CHANEL, a DVD feature based upon her critically acclaimed stage play, DAMAGE AND DESIRE. It was screened at the San Francisco Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival, the 14th Annual Gay and Lesbian Film Festival in Austin, the 46th Annual Cork Film Festival, and the Berlin Lesbian Film Festival. G-D DOESN'T PAY RENT HERE, a one woman play written for comedienne Judy Gold, directed by Allison Narver, premiered in June 2002 at the Empty Space Theatre in Seattle.

NYTW Usual Suspect and Artistic Associate Michael Greif made his professional directing debut at NYTW with Jeff Jones’ 70 SCENES OF HALLOWEEN. In 1996 he received an Obie Award and Tony and Drama Desk award nominations for his direction of Jonathan Larson’s Tony and Pulitzer Prize winning musical RENT. Michael also directed the musical version of BRIGHT LIGHTS BIG CITY at NYTW. From 1995-1999, Michael served as the Artistic Director at La Jolla Playhouse, where he supervised over 30 productions and directed DOGEATERS (which he later staged at the Public Theater), Randy Newman’s FAUST (which he later staged at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre), Tony Kushner’s SLAVS! (which he also staged at the Mark Taper Forum), Neal Bell’s THERESE RAQUIN, Williams’ SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, and Diana Son’s BOY, among others. Recent work includes BETTY RULES at the Zipper Theatre; John Guare’s A FEW STOUT INDIVIDUALS at Signature Theatre; Neal Bell’s MONSTER at Classic Stage Co.; OUR TOWN at La Jolla Playhouse; and ONCE IN A LIFETIME, STREET SCENE and TONIGHT AT 8:30 at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Upcoming projects include Suzan-Lori Parks’ FUCKIN’ A at the Public Theater and the new Broadway musical NEVER GONNA DANCE.


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