“Compassion…Master-pieces…Identity” Begins Performances Tomorrow, 5/27
Rick Miramontez/Philip Carrubba
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW!
TARGET MARGIN THEATER
CONCLUDES THE 2015 SEASON
AND ITS EXPLORATION OF THE WORKS OF GERTRUDE STEIN
WITH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
A NEW SOLO WORK CONCEIVED AND PERFORMED
BY OBIE AWARD WINNER DAVID GREENSPAN
THE TMT STEIN SPRING LAB:
“WHEN THIS YOU SEE REMEMBER ME”
MAY 27, 2015 – JUNE 27, 2015
THE CONNELLY THEATER
New York, NY (May 26, 2015) – Target Margin Theater (David Herskovits, Artistic Director; John Del Gaudio, Artistic Producer), dedicating its 24th season to the exploration of works created by the great American novelist, poet and playwright, Gertrude Stein, concludes the 2015 Season with the world premiere of Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity, a new solo performance piece from Obie Award-winner David Greenspan, and The TMT Stein Spring Lab: When This You See Remember Me, that will run in tandem at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street, Manhattan).
Target Margin Theater’s exploration of works by the legendary Gertrude Stein concludes with the world premiere of Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity, a new solo work conceived and performed by Obie Award-winner and TMT Associated Artist David Greenspan. With his “lively trickster mind” and movement “like origami that knows how to fold itself,” David Greenspan brings a new signature solo piece to Target Margin. In the vein of The Argument (2007, TMT) and Greenspan’s own The Myopia, Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity will bring to life two ‘lectures’ and a ‘play’ written by Gertrude Stein. Stein’s thoughts on artistry and authenticity changed as her own reputation morphed to ‘celebrity’ status. Earlier in Stein’s career Composition as Explanation expressed her belief that the creator of an authentic work of art is an outlaw until sufficient time has passed for his work to be accepted as a classic. In What Are Master-Pieces and Why Are There So Few of Them, Stein as author of international renown defines an authentic work of art as one in which the artist’s self-consciousness has been suppressed. As Stein’s fame reached ‘mainstream’ status, her meditation on the relationship between artist and audience yielded Identity A Poem. Greenspan shapes Stein’s heady wordplay as only he can, and the result is a startlingly clear diversion of the senses and for the mind.
Composition…Master-Pieces…Identity begins performances TOMORROW, May 27, 2015 for a limited engagement through June 27, 2015 at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street, Manhattan). Tickets are priced at $15, if ordered by June 1, or $25, thereafter. There is a special benefit performance on Thursday, May 28, 2015 with tickets priced at $100. Opening Night is set for Monday, June 1, 2015. Tickets are available at www.targetmargin.org.
Running in tandem with Greenspan’s solo show is The TMT Stein Spring Lab: When This You See Remember Me curated by TMT Artistic Producer John Del Gaudio which brings together artists Jessica Brater, Jesse Freedman, Sarah Lurie, Handan Ozbilgin, Natalie Robin, Noah Scalin, and Patrick Scheid who will explore additional works by the great writer. Performances begin Saturday, May 30, 2015 for a limited run through June 22, 2015 at The Connelly Theater (220 East 4th Street, Manhattan). Tickets for all performances are priced at $15 and are available at www.targetmargin.org.
The TMT Lab offers smaller, fully produced productions and enlists the talents of over 1,000 theater artists since 1993. At the helm of each production is a Lead Artist – whether it’s a director, actor, writer, designer, or puppeteer, TMT believes anyone can drive a piece! Each season TMT curates a Lab under an overarching theme, working with each Lead Artist to find the right source material, and providing the resources – stipend, budget, artistic – and, most importantly, the freedom to shape their work.
David Herskovits, Target Margin Theater’s Artistic Director, stated, “Gertrude Stein is a natural for us at TMT. No writer is more challengingly experimental; no writer is more playfully child-like. All of our artists aspire to capture her spirit of play and rigor, of brainy fun and playful curiosity, and David Greenspan embodies that spirit like no one else.”
Permission for the texts has been granted by the Estate of Gertrude Stein, through its Literary Executor, Mr. Stanford Gann, Jr. of Levin & Gann, P.A.
TMT’s programming is made possible through major support from The Andrew W. Mellon New York Theater Program, Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, The Clinton-Walker Family Foundation, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Fred Alger Management, Inc., The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, Iger Bay Foundation, Jerome Robbins Foundation, New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts and The Shubert Foundation.
Target Margin Theater, concluding its 24th season, has been at the forefront of New York’s alternative theater scene and has been praised for its bold and sometimes wild interpretations of classic dramas and lesser-known works. TMT has presented ambitious re-thinkings of plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht, Gertrude Stein, and Beaumarchais, among others. TMT has also created original works and new music/opera over the years and has served over 1,000 artists (mostly emerging) through its annual Lab. The company’s production of Mamba’s Daughters received the Obie Award and was a sensation of the 1999 Spoleto Festival, and its recent epic production of Goethe’s Faust received critical acclaim. Recent productions include The (*) Inn at Abrons Arts Center, Uncle Vanya and The Tempest at HERE, and Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man! at The Chocolate Factory.
For additional information, please visit the website at www.targetmargin.org
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