All readings will take place at:
THE CHERRY PIT
155 Bank Street
NY, NY 1004
Monday, December 13, 2010
All readings will take place at:
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Monday, December 6, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
Susan Ferrara*, Kelsey Formost, Zac Hoogendyk*, Amanda McCallum*,Therese Plaehn*, Jasper Soffer, Richard Vernon*, Leigh Williams* - *appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association
This extraordinary play is the story of five unmarried sisters eking out their lives in a small village in Ireland in 1936. We meet them at the time of the festival of Lughnasa, which celebrates the pagan god of the harvest with drunken revelry and dancing. Their spare existence is interrupted by brief, colorful bursts of music from the radio, their only link to the romance and hope of the world at large. The action of the play is told through the memory of the illegitimate son of one of the sisters as he remembers the five women who raised him, his mother and four maiden aunts. Widely regarded as Brian Friel’s masterpiece, this haunting play is Friel’s tribute to the spirit and valor of the past. Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Play, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Play.
“The most elegant and rueful memory play since The Glass Menagerie.” TimeOut
“…this play does exactly what theater was born to do, carrying both its characters and audience aloft on those waves of distant music and ecstatic release that, in defiance of all language and logic, let us dance and dream just before night must fall.” New York Times
Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 PM – Opening night
Sunday, December 5 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, December 9 at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 10 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, December 11 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 PM – matinee
Thursday, December 16 at 8:00 PM
Friday, December 17 at 8:00 PM
Saturday, December 18 at 2:00 PM – matinee
Saturday, December 18 at 8:00 PM
Sunday, December 19 at 3:00 PM – final performance
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Ensemble Member, Stephen Gracia's outside projects at the moment includes this broad comedy Mockumentary about reality tv:
Ensemble Members, Kendra Leigh Landon and Michael LoPorto also contribute to the project. Click on link for a look at the effects of Reality TV on society...and storytelling on the web!
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Our motto spoken by Irvine Welsh: "what sparks me up about theatre and, indeed, all collaborative art: if you put enough talented enthusiasts together in one room, anything is achievable."
Saturday, November 20, 2010
This coming Monday, November 22nd @ 7pm marks our final event at The Cherry Lane Theatre for the fall...join us for our final bareNaked Reading Series installment this month followed by a celebration to remember featuring FREE DRINKS, LIVE MUSIC and AWESOME ARTISTS!!!!
Honor Thy Mother
by Kyle Bradstreet
Kyle Bradstreet is the author of the plays From Prague (2010 staged reading, A.R.T., Cambridge, MA) and Alcohol. (2008, The Players Theatre Loft, NY), as well as the one acts A Story From Abeyance (2007, Shortened Attention Span Halloween Festival, voted Best Play), The Café (2007, Shortened Attention Span Festival) The Edge (The Players Theatre Loft, published by The Good Ear Review, May 2010) and Patrick’s Story (Payan Theatre, NY). As a screenwriter, Kyle has written for The Philanthropist (NBC), Manhunt (HBO miniseries, forthcoming) and Borgia (Canal+/Lagardère, forthcoming), on which he is currently a story editor. Kyle co-authored the stage piece “Art & Soul: A Celebration of the American Spirit,” which was performed at the United States Library of Congress’ Coolidge Auditorium on April 29th, 2010. His fiction has been published in Blood Lotus, Third Wednesday, The Coachella Review and Two Hawks Quarterly, and he has guest lectured at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and SUNY College at Buffalo. Kyle is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America and the Writers Guild of America, East.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Mike Reiss is has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his eighteen years writing for “The Simpsons”. In 2006, Reiss received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus. Reiss co-created the animated series “The Critic” and created Showtime’s hit cartoon “Queer Duck” (about a gay duck). “Queer Duck” was recently named one of “The 100 Greatest Cartoons of All Time” by the BBC. “Queer Duck: the Movie” was released to rave reviews in July 2006. The film won awards in New York, Chicago, Sweden, Germany and Wales. Reiss’s other TV credits include “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”, “ALF”, and “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”. “My Life in Ruins”, a film inspired by his travels to 61 countries, was released in 2009. Reiss was also co-wrote ‘The Simpsons Movie” and “Ice Age 3”, with a combined world-wide gross of $1.5 billion. His caveman detective story “Cro-Magnon P.I.” won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He has published fourteen children’s books, including the best-seller “How Murray Saved Christmas” and the award-winning “Late for School”. Reiss also composes puzzles for “NPR”, and “Games Magazine”. As a professional speaker, Reiss has lectured at over one
hundred colleges and institutions, on six continents. His topics include “The Simpsons”, comedy and Judaism, and the sorry state of television. Reiss is a former president of “The Harvard Lampoon” and editor of “The National Lampoon”. He has been happily married for twenty-one years. Like most children’s book authors, he has no children.
A native of Schenectady, NY, Jason Furlani has asserted himself as a ten-year veteran in the New York theatre world, having had successful productions of his work with various companies and on numerous stages in NYC. Most recently, the Blue Collar Theater Company presented Jason’s full-length comedy The Big Vig at the Bank Street Theatre for a month-long run. Prior to that, the Blue Collar Theater Company presented his full-length play LEADED at the West End Theatre, as well as his ten minute play Susan is a Pinhead, which had its debut as part of the Blue Collar “Shorts” Festival. Other companies that have produced Jason’s work include: Zena Group, Real to Reel Productions and The 42nd Street Workshop, and at present, his full length drama A Long Hard Rain is under consideration by various companies in NYC. Additionally, the film rights to A Long Hard Rain have been optioned by Propeller Productions in L.A. It is currently being adapted for the screen by the playwright. Jason’s newest work, Family Trees, is under consideration for the 2007 O’Neil Playwrights Conference. Along with his work in the theatre, the thirty-six year old writer has penned the script for both of the Families of Freedom fundraising events (a 9/11 charity) hosted in successive order by Chevy Chase and Carol Kane. A proud father and loving husband, Jason splits time between Los Angeles and his home base in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife Emily and daughter Eva.n (pictured)
The Evening will feature LIVE MUSIC by: Pete Sinjin
Sunday, November 7, 2010
This week begins our 2nd Annual bareNaked Reading Series and we bring you two of the best! On Monday we give you Kristoffer Diaz's new play and on Tuesday we present you with:
Adoration Of The Old Woman.
Directed by Deborah Kampmeier
featuring: Audrey Esparza, Patrizia Hernandez, Socorro Santiago, Francisco Solorzano, Charles Casano and more.
The Cherry Lane Theatre(The Studio Theatre)
38 Commerce Street
7pm / $10 - featuring Live Music by The Umbrella Man; free drinks and a Q&A with cast, director and playwright Jose Rivera. No reservation needed.
José Rivera’s plays have premiered off-Broadway and been seen at most major theatres in the U.S. and around the world. They include THE HOUSE OF RAMON IGLESIA, THE PROMISE, EACH DAY DIES WITH SLEEP, MARISOL, CLOUD TECTONICS, SUEÑO, THE STREET OF THE SUN, GIANTS HAVE US IN THEIR BOOKS, SONNETS FOR AN OLD CENTURY, BRAINPEOPLE, ADORATION OF THE OLD WOMAN, REFERENCES TO SALVADOR DALI MAKE ME HOT, SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS, MASSACRE (SING TO YOUR CHILDREN), BOLEROS FOR THE DISENCHANTED, PABLO AND ANDREW AT THE ALTAR OF WORDS, HUMAN EMOTIONAL PROCESS, and a new translation of KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN. Playwriting honors include two OBIE Awards, a Whiting Foundation Award, a McKnight Fellowship, a Rockefeller Foundation Grant, and a Kennedy Center Grant. On a Fulbright Arts Fellowship he was writer-in-residence at the Royal Court Theatre, London. In 2005 Rivera became the first Puerto Rican nominated for an Academy Award in screenwriting for his first produced screenplay. “The Motorcycle Diaries” (directed by Walter Salles, with Gael Garcia Bernal), was also nominated for a BAFTA Award and a Writers Guild of America Award and Spain’s Goya Award and Argentina’s top screenwriting prize. His film “Trade” was the first film to premiere at the United Nations. Rivera worked on and was fired from “Letters to Juliet.” Currently in production is “On the Road” (Walter Salles, director, Francis Ford Coppola, executive producer, with Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortenson), “Celestina” will mark Rivera’s feature film directing debut (Esperanza Production). Rivera has served as a creative advisor for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and has been on the boards of directors of the Sundance Institute, Film Independent, PEN Center West, and Theatre Communications Group. He is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre and the LAByrinth Theatre Company and is at work on his first novel, LOVE MAKES THE CITY CRUMBLE. He lives in New York with his wife, actress/producer Sona Tatoyan.