Many thanks to all of you that came out for a wonderfully eclectic,
theatrically electric season!
The season began with a funny and wrenching performance by Jenny Allen in her solo show I Got Sick Then I Got Better, directed by James Lapine. Because the show is in development at New York Theatre Workshop, we were treated to a great post-show conversation with Jenny, Associate Director Darren Katz, and New York Theatre Workshop's Literary Associate, Geoffrey Scott.
"I Got Sick" photo credit: Alan Haywood
The season continued with a first for the Series: a presentation from The Aquila Theatre Company, while it was currently running off-Broadway...Director Peter Meineck talked about the process of adapting Catch-22 for the stage, and presented his cast in excerpts of the full performance. Engaging commentary and audience discussion was interwoven with the presentation.
Catch-22 photos by Richard Termine
We started off 2009 by welcoming back James Braly. Braly first performed in the Series in 2006, with a then-brand-new monologue called Life In A Marital Institution (20 years of monogamy in one terrifying hour). After the long run off-Broadway with Life, a book and film deal, James has written his second full-length monologue, The Monthly Nut, and once again Series-goers were among the first to see it.
"Nut" photo credits - left: Lynda Shenkman-Curtis, center graphic: Andy Christie, right: Jaisen Crockett
And another first for the Series. The stage was over-run with talent for our presentation of Marriage & Other Odd Occurrences: An Evening of Short Stories & Jazz. Celebrated actors John Shea and Dennis Boutsikaris read short stories by Alethea Black, with an extraordinary Jazz Interlude with Jody Sandhaus and Pete Malinverni. The evening was directed by Elliott Forrest, who also moderated the post-show discussion. The following month, the stories were read at Riverspace Arts in Nyack by Matthew Arkin and Andrew Greenaway.
"Marriage" photo credit: Alan Haywood
We closed the season with a bang, presenting LAByrinth Theater Company's developing production of Intringulis, written and performed by Carlo Alban and directed by David Anzuelo. It was a powerful evening of theatre as Carlo sang, told his story, and inhabited the many characters in his neighborhood.
Intringulis photo credit: Tahli DeCourcy O'Grady, graphics: Andy Christie
Please check back with us soon to see what we have planned for next season!