Creation Production Company presents the world premiere of “Instinct” by Matthew Maguire
FOR RELEASE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2011
FIRST ANNOUNCEMENT OF
A NEW PRODUCTION
CREATION PRODUCTION COMPANY PRESENTS
THE WORLD PREMIERE OF
“ I N S T I N C T ”
BY TWO-TIME OBIE AWARD-WINNER
PREVIEWS BEGIN FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 2012
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012
AT THEATRE ROW’S LION THEATRE
New York, NY – Creation Production Company will present Instinct, a new drama by two-time Obie Award-winner Matthew Maguire. Instinct will play its first performance on Friday, January 13, 2012 at Theatre Row’s Lion Theatre (410 West 42nd Street), and will officially open on Wednesday, January 18. Instinct will play a strictly limited engagement, through Saturday, February 4.
Humans never adapt as quickly as the viruses they battle in Instinct, Matthew Maguire's breathlessly gripping drama about four cohabiting epidemiologists in a race against time. Science gets personal as they fight to contain a potentially devastating outbreak, while trying to keep their relationships from unraveling. Instinct ultimately reveals that nothing is more contagious than human desire.
The cast of Instinct includes Kim Blair, Maggie Bofill, Amirh Vann Rosario, and Jeffrey Withers.
Directed by Michael Kimmel, Instinct features Set and Lighting Design by Ben Kato, Costume Design by Christina Bullard, Sound Design by Andrew Ingkavet, and Video Design by Aaron Rhyne.
An earlier incarnation of Instinct, called Wax Wings, premiered in spring 2011 at New York’s Wild Project. Wax Wings was the result of a special commission by Emory University, as part of their Science of Evolution Conference in 2008. Maguire attended the conference and was asked to write a play based on topics discussed at the conference. He worked closely with molecular epidemiologist Dr. Leslie Real through the process. Dr. Real is credited with successfully saving African Great Apes who were in danger of being wiped out by the Ebola virus.
The performance schedule for Instinct will be as follows: Friday, January 13; Saturday, January 14; Tuesday, January 17; Wednesday, January 18; Thursday, January 19; Friday, January 20; Saturday, January 21; Wednesday, January 25; Thursday, January 26; Friday, January 27; Saturday, January 28; Tuesday, January 31; Wednesday, February 1; Thursday, February 2; Friday, February 3; and Saturday, February 4. Wed-Sat performances are at 8:00 PM, and Tues performances are at 7pm. Tickets are $18 and are available at www.telecharge.com or via telephone at (212) 239-6200.
Biographies ___ _________
Matthew Maguire (Playwright) won an OBIE award for Performance in 1998 and an OBIE Award for Direction in 2007. He is the Director of the Theatre Program at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, and the co-artistic director of Creation Production Company, which he founded with Susan Mosakowski. The company has produced fifty-one original works for the stage. His plays include The Seven Deadly Elements, based on the collage novel by Max Ernst, Eye Figure Fiction, Untitled (The Dark Ages Flat Out), The American Mysteries, The Memory Theatre of Giulio Camillo, Propaganda, Fun City, Visions of Don Juan, The Tower, and its solo version, Babel Stories, a science fiction opera, Chaos, with Michael Gordon, The Window Man, a musical with Bruce Barthol and Greg Pliska, Phaedra, Throwin’ Bones, which began as a collaboration with architects Diller + Scofidio titled Skin at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Brussels, Luscious Music, which he performed as a solo at the Architecture Museum of Basel, and the OBIE Award winning Abandon, with a score by Andrew Ingkavet. His work also includes the creation with Philip Glass and Molissa Fenley of A Descent into the Maelström for Australia’s Adelaide Festival. His directing projects include Molière and Charpentier’s Le Malade Imaginaire for the Long Beach Opera, and Manhattan Theatre Club’s Downtown Uptown Festival. He is an active alumnus of New Dramatists, and served as chairman of the Theatre panel of the New York State Council on the Arts. His awards include fellowships from the NEA, the McKnight and Hammerstein Foundations, commissions from the NEA, NYSCA, and Meet the Composer, and a 2008 award from the New York Foundation for the Arts. He received his MFA from the Musical Theatre Writing Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His writing has been published by Sun & Moon Press, Backstage Books/Watson Guptill, Manchester University Press, TheatreForum, Performing Arts Journal, and The Drama Review. In 2009 NoPassport Press published Matthew Maguire: Three Plays. For texts and collages go to: www.creationproduction.org
Michael Kimmel (Director) is the creator/adaptor of The Last Goodbye, a musical adaptation of Romeo and Juliet with the music of Jeff Buckley. The Last Goodbye premiered as a part of The Williamstown Theater Festival's 2010 season in Massachusetts. TLG was virtually sold out months in advance, and become the highest grossing production to ever grace Williamstown's Nikos Theater.
Kim Blair (Mara Carracci) graduated from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a BFA degree in Drama/Music. Her New York theater credits include playing Maria in The Sound of Music, Erica in SubUrbia and her personal favorite, Lady Capulet in The Last Goodbye, among many others. On October 21st, 2011, her movie The Mighty Macs was released in 1000 theaters nationwide.
Maggie Boffill (Lydia Makarova) is a founding member of Labyrinth Theater Co. This past year she played LaLuz in Comida De Puta, E.S,T. Crossing the River Fest, two roles in New Georges’ The Germ Project, and a guest appearance on the new TV show Smash. Her play, Drawn and Quartered, was produced by INTAR Theatre in June.
Amirh Vann Rosario (Fermina Maria Santos) has been a part of the NYC theater community for many years acting in a variety of plays and musicals. She has a BA from Fordham University and a MFA from the Tisch Graduate Acting program.
Jeffrey Withers (Daniel Kempe) History Boys (Broadway), Dracula (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Henry IV (Milwaukee Shakespeare),The Foreigner (John Engeman Theater). Other acting work includes shows at Yale Rep, Cincinnati Playhouse, St. Louis Rep, La Mama ETC, Lucid Theatre, Law & Order, and the independent film Away From Here. MFA Yale School of Drama.