columbinus

columbinus

By The United States Theatre Project
Text Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli
Dramaturgy Patricia Hersch
Conception and Direction PJ Paparelli

May 5, 2006—June 11, 2006

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columbinus, a play sparked by the April 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, probes the psychological warfare of alienation, hostility and social pressure that goes on in high schools across America. Created by The United States Theatre Project, written by Stephen Karam and PJ Paparelli, with dramaturgy by Patricia Hersch, and conceived and directed by PJ Paparelli, columbinus weaves together excerpts from discussions with parents, survivors and community leaders in Littleton as well as diaries and home video footage to bring to light the dark recesses of American adolescence. When columbinus premiered in 2005 at the Round House Theatre, Peter Marks of the Washington Post called it, "An ambitious examination of the suburbanization of evil, directed with a surefire sense of theatricality by PJ Paparelli." columbinus received four Helen Hayes Award nominations including Best Resident Play and Best Director, Resident Play. The NYTW production of columbinus is based on the Round House Theatre / Perseverance Theatre co-production.

Scenic Design Tony Cisek
Costume Design Miranda Hoffman
Lighting Design Dan Covey
Sound Design Martin Desjardins
Projection Design JJ Kaczynski
Stage Manager Amy McCraney

with Anna Camp, Joaquín Pérez-Campbell, James Flanagan, Carmen Herlihy, Nicole Lowrance, Karl Miller, Will Rogers and Bobby Steggert

The Seven

The Seven

Text and Composition Will Power
Direction and Development Jo Bonney
Choreography Bill T. Jones

January 18, 2006—March 12, 2006

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The Seven is a hip-hop adaptation of Aeschylus's Seven Against Thebes, which follows the struggles of Eteocles and Polynices, the two sons of the cursed King Oedipus, as they fight for the throne of Thebes. This is a story of war, family, and a cursed society unsure of how to free itself. Writer and composer Will Power has taken this classical tale of pre-destination versus choice and updated it with an urban idiom to explore modern themes including poverty, race and the abuse of power. The entire script is in rhyming verse, interwoven with such musical styles as calypso, do-wop, R & B, funk, and blues. Director Jo Bonney (A Soldier's Play, Fat Pig), renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones (Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land and Still/Here) and a cast of 12 join Will Power to create this complex and ambitious piece that will make an old story come alive for a new generation. In 2003, Will Power wowed critics and NYTW audiences with FLOW, his smart and dynamic show. The New York Times said, "Will Power is treading in new territory, experimenting with tools that are new to the theater. What's most impressive is that you can see clearly through the door it is opening to a storehouse of new possibilities." And Newsday said, "FLOW is an electrifying show that will satisfy even those theatergoers who don't know Nas from Nelly."

Scenic Design Richard Hoover
Costume Design Emilio Sosa
Lighting Design David Weiner
Sound Design Darron L West
Music Production/Additional Composition Justin Ellington
Additional Composition Will Hammond
Music Direction Daryl Waters
Stage Manager Wendy Ouellette
Rehearsal Stage Manager Judith Schoenfeld
Company Manager Katy Savard

with Uzo Aduba, Shawtane Monroe Bowen, Jamyl Dobson, Amber Efé, Edwin Lee Gibson, Benton Greene, Manuel Herrera, Flaco Navaja, Tom Nelis, Postell Pringle, Pearl Sun and Charles Turner

Bach at Leipzig

Bach at Leipzig

Text Itamar Moses
Direction Pam MacKinnon

October 28, 2005—December 18, 2005

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Leipzig, Germany, 1722: seven rival musicians jump at the chance to fill the most sought-after musical post in Europe: organmaster at Leipzig. Inspired by actual events, emerging playwright Itamar Moses has crafted a hilarious fugue of schemes and mayhem as each musician deliciously blackmails, bribes, and double-crosses to win the position. When Bach at Leipzig played at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater last season, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said, “Imagine the Marx Brothers and Tom Stoppard collaborating on a play.”

Scenic Design David Zinn
Costume Design Mathew J. LeFebvre
Lighting Design David Lander
Sound Design John Gromada
Stage Manager C.A. Clark

with Jeffrey Carlson, Richard Easton, MIchael Emerson, Boyd Gaines, Reg Rogers and Andrew Weems

Spirit

Text Improbable
Direction Julian Crouch and Arlene Audergon

September 13, 2005—October 9, 2005

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In Spirit, three performers struggle to tell the story of three bakers—brothers in a country at war content with their daily routine until one day when a letter arrives giving one the chance to break free. With quiet improvisation, headless puppets, fractured storytelling, and dark humor, Spirit is a teasing and sad joke about both personal and global cycles of conflict, that hints at how we might break out of them. The Independent on Sunday called Spirit, "A transcendent night…inspired and poignant."

Design Realization Julian Crouch, Graeme Gilmour, Rob Thirtle, Helen McGuire
Lighting Design Colin Grenfell
Sound Design Andrew Paine
Production Manager Helen McGuire

with Guy Dartnell, Phelim McDermott and Lee Simpson

Oedipus at Palm Springs

Oedipus at Palm Springs

Text The Five Lesbian Brothers
Direction Leigh Silverman

July 20, 2005—August 28, 2005

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Love! Valour! Lesbians! The Five Lesbian Brothers (comprised of writers/performers Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, and Lisa Kron) are back after a six-year absence with a sexy new take on a crusty old play. Oedipus at Palm Springs examines the real-life work of trying to love another person through the story of two long-term couples on a weekend trip to the desert paradise. When the Brothers magically mix the fun-loving surface of tanning, mixed drinks, golf and sports utility vehicles with a messy infrastructure of commitment, marriage, passion and motherhood they serve up a comedy so brave it will leave you not only shaken but stirred. Oedipus at Palm Springs is directed by Leigh Silverman, who recently directed Lisa Kron's Well at both the Public Theater and San Francisco's American Conservatory Theater. Oedipus at Palm Springs marks the return of The Five Lesbian Brothers to New York Theatre Workshop. Previous productions at NYTW include Brides of the Moon (1997) and The Secretaries (1994).

Scenic Design David Korins
Costume Design Miranda Hoffman
Lighting Design M.L. Geiger
Sound Design John Gromada
Stage Manager Martha Donaldson

with The Five Lesbian Brothers (Maureen Angelos, Babs Davy, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey, Lisa Kron)