Flesh and Blood

Text Peter Gaitens
Adaptation from the novel by Michael Cunningham
Direction Doug Hughes

June 28, 2002—August 24, 2002

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Flesh and Blood, by Peter Gaitens, adapted from the novel by Michael Cunningham (Pulitzer Prize winner for The Hours), is the epic story of three generations of an American family, beginning in the 1930s with the arrival of Greek immigrant Constantine Stassos in New York City. The story spans one hundred years, illuminating how, like many American families, the dreams of a single immigrant are played out and transformed by succeeding generations. In an on-going cycle, each generation of the Stassos family both alters and is altered by its moment in time, until we find a family remarkably different than that of its roots. Directed by NYTW veteran Doug Hughes (A Question of Mercy), the cast of Flesh and Blood will include acclaimed performers Jessica Hecht, Cherry Jones, Martha Plimpton, and Jeff Weiss. Flesh and Blood is the third in an on-going series being produced by the Workshop entitled Cradle and All: The Changing American Family. Four works, beginning in February, 2003, 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 include Cavedweller, play by Kate Moira Ryan, based on the novel by Dorothy Allison, directed by Michael Greif; and Alexander Thomas' Throw Pitchfork, which was first produced at NYTW last season and will be remounted for a limited engagement. The series will culminate in a weekend symposium examining the American family circa the year 2050.

Set Design Christine Jones
Costume Design Paul Tazewell
Lighting Design Scott Zielinski
Sound Design David Van Tieghem

with Patricia Buckley, Airrion Doss, Sean Dugan, Peter Frechette, Peter Gaitens, Jessica Hecht, Cherry Jones, Chris McGarry, Martha Plimpton, John Sierros, and Jeff Weiss

Flow

Development and Direction Danny Hoch
Conceived, written, and performed by Will Power

June 12, 2003—July 20, 2003

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Written and performed by the dynamic young artist Will Power, Flow is the tale of seven storytellers, their quest for survival in a world of modern, urban pitfalls, and the search for a new language to make age-old lessons endure for a younger generation. Portraying many characters, Will Power tells his story through vivid images conjured with eloquent rap and rhyme, and fluid, startling physical movement. DJ Reborn accompanies Will Power in Flow, punctuating the spoken word with music created specifically for the performance. Flow is a co-production between New York Theatre Workshop and the New York City Hip-Hop Theater Festival. The first three performances of Flow will be presented as part of the 2003 HHTF; the production will then have an extended run as part of NYTW’s 2002-2003 season. Last fall, with support from NYTW, Will Power and Danny Hoch spent one month developing Flow as the inaugural workshop of the newly created Jonathan Larson Lab.

Live DJ DJ Reborn
Set Design David Ellis
Costume Design Gabriel Berry
Lighting Design Sarah Sidman

Cavedweller

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

April 18, 2003—June 1, 2003

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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' Thrwo Pitchfork, which was first produced at NYTW last season and will be remounted for a limited engagement.

Set Design Riccardo Hernandez
Costume Design Ilona Smyogy
Lighting Design Jennifer Tipton
Sound Design Jerry Yager
Projection Design Jan Hartley
Original Music Stephen Trask and Julia Greenberg

with Shannon Burkett, Stevie Ray Dallimore, Carson Elrod, Adriane Lenox, Jenny Maguire, Lynne McCollough, Deirdre O’Connell and Merritt Wever

Bexley, OH(!), or, Two Tales of One City

Written and performed by Prudence Wright Holmes
Direction Lisa Peterson

February 20, 2003—March 10, 2003

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Bexley, OH(!), or, Two Tales of One City, are the first two stories in an unfolding collection that NYTW Usual Suspect Prudence Wright Holmes is writing about her hometown of Bexley, Ohio. Bexley, OH(!) is the first production in NYTW’s upcoming series with a common theme: the American family. Prudence lived in Bexley during the buttoned-down, repressed 1950s and the Nehru jacket, sideburn-wearing 1960s; seen through Prudence’s brutally honest eyes and pierced with exquisite detail, Bexley, OH(!) chronicles this American community responding and changing to the march of time. The first story, Dr. Sam is Under Your Bed, focuses on Prudence’s father, and his obsession with the infamous Dr. Sam Sheppard, a man questionably convicted of the 1954 murder of his wife, Marilyn. (You may recall that the Dr. Sam case was the inspiration for the television series, The Fugitive.) In the second story, The African Violet Society, Prudence’s mother immerses herself into the internecine workings of the most exclusive ladies club in town, the African Violet Society.

Vienna: Lusthaus (Revisited) (On Tour)

Conception and Direction Martha Clarke
Music Richard Peaslee
Text Charles L. Mee

May 8, 2002—June 2, 2002

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Far Away

Text Caryl Churchill
Direction Stephen Daldry

November 1, 2002—January 18, 2003

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As Far Away begins, a young girl is in an idyllic country setting. The girl cannot sleep and she questions her aunt about the mysterious goings-on out in the shed. From this seemingly innocent beginning, we are led to a world where the line has disappeared between the normal and the fantastic, beauty and horror, plain talk and poetry. In three brief acts, Far Away is a spellbinding fable.

Set Design Ian MacNeil
Costume Design Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design Rick Fisher
Sound Design Paul Arditti
Associate Direction Michael Sexton
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson

with Alexa Eisenstein, Marin Ireland, Frances McDormand, Chris Messina and Gina Rose