Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival Announces Casting for 2011 Summer Rep
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14th ANNUAL PERRY-MANSFIELD NEW WORKS FESTIVAL
2011 SUMMER REPERTORY
JUNE 17-19 AT STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO
NEW WORKS BY
COURTNEY BARON, OCTAVIO SOLIS, DEBORAH STEIN & SULI HOLUM, JOE TRACZ
WITH A DANCE PRESENTATION BY KYLE ABRAHAM
New York, NY (June 6, 2011) — The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival (Andrew Leynse, Artistic Director; Emily Tarquin, Festival Producer), with sponsorship from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, has announced casting for the 2011 summer season of theatre and dance at the venerable performing arts camp and school in Steamboat Springs, CO. The 14th Annual Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival is scheduled June 17 – 19 with staged readings of new plays and a special dance presentation choreographed for the festival. The New Works Festival continues Perry-Mansfield's founding principle of nurturing new talent with new work.
2011 Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival casting and schedule is as follows:
Friday, June 17, 2011 at 8:00 p.m., Main Studio
Dance Presentation by choreographer Kyle Abraham
Featuring Abraham.In.Motion company members Chalvar Monteiro, Elyse Morris, Rachelle Rafailedes, and Hsiao-Jou Tang with student dancers John Durbin*, Nehemiah Spencer*, Ellie Swiatkiwsky*, and Shacura Wade. (*Perry-Mansfield Scholarship Student).
Perry-Mansfield's Director of Dance, Linda Kent, has selected choreographer Kyle Abraham, recipient of the Princess Grace Award, will open the festival with a dance concert that includes pieces from his repertoire and a newly choreographed piece for the festival. The dance presentation is sponsored in part by Terry and Noel Hefty through The Messing Family Charitable Foundation. The mission of Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion is to create an evocative interdisciplinary body of work. Born into Hip Hop culture in the late 70s, and grounded in Abraham’s artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano and visual arts, the movement’s goal is to delve into identity in relation to a personal history. The work intertwines a sensual and provocative vocabulary with a strong emphasis on sound, human behavior and all things visual in an effort to create an avenue for personal investigation. A.I.M is a representation of dancers from various dance disciplines and diverse personal backgrounds. Combined together, these individuals create a social narrative crafted by Abraham’s personal movement impulses and varied inspirations. Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion premiered its first ever season entitled Fading into Something Tangible in Pittsburgh, PA in 2006 to rave reviews
Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 1:00 p.m., Julie Harris Theater
Eat Your Heart Out
By Courtney Baron
Directed by Michelle Bossy
The five-member cast features Sam Lilja* as Colin, Quentin Maré as George, Kellie Overbey as Nance, Susan Pourfar as Alice, and Nicole Spiezio as Evie. (*Perry-Mansfield Scholarship Student).
Andrew Leynse and Primary Stages bring the new play, Eat Your Heart Out by Courtney Baron directed by Primary Stages Associate Artistic Director Michelle Bossy. Alice and Gabe want a child. Nance wants Evie to be a better daughter. 16 year-old Evie wants Colin to love her like she loves him. Colin wants Evie to be as good a friend as he is to her. Everyone wants what someone else has… everyone is eating their heart out.
Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 4:00 p.m., Julie Harris Theater
DENVER CENTER THEATRE COMPANY
By Octavio Solis
Directed by Juliette Carillo
The four-member cast features Michael Ray Escamilla as Man (Mike, Miguel, Mickey), Vivia Font as Girl, Zilah Mendoza as Woman (Vespa, Vesta, Wera), and William Zielinski as Abel/Abe (Shadow).
Kent Thompson and the Denver Center Theatre Company bring Baby Girl by Octavio Solis directed by Juliette Carillo. A man and a woman waken from a drugged-out night to find their baby missing. The pair decides to relive their history to find out where they went wrong. From the playwright of Lydia, this haunted, poetic journey moves from darkness to a glimmer of light.
Saturday, June 19, 2010 at 8:00 p.m., Main Studio
SECOND STAGE THEATRE
By Joe Tracz
Directed by Victor Maog
The six-member cast features Matt D’Amico as Dorsey, John Early as Carter, Ian Hill* as Vic, Quincy Dunn-Baker as Jordon, Lucas Piercy* as Scott, and Auden Thornton (Perry-Mansfield alum) as Holly. (*Perry-Mansfield Scholarship Student).
Second Stage Theatre (Carole Rothman, Artistic Director), as part of the Second Stage Uptown Series (Christopher Burney, Associate Artistic Director and Curator), opens the festival with a new play entitled Boy Wonders by Joe Tracz, directed by Perry-Mansfield’s Director of Theatre, Victor Maog. “For me, the Perry-Mansfield track is a real link to world class theatre making,” said Maog. “This is a wonderful inaugural collaboration with Second Stage.” Christopher Burney from Second Stage had this to add, “It is a great honor to be working with an institution that has such a long and respected history as Perry-Mansfield—and to be shepherded by Victor Maog is a true collaborative ideal.”
Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m., Julie Harris Theater
ACTORS THEATRE OF LOUISVILLE
Conceived and Created by Deborah Stein and Suli Holum
Text by Deborah Stein. Dramaturgy by Amy Wegener. Costume Design by Tara Webb.
Video Design by Paulina Jurzec.
Performed by Suli Holum.
Actors Theatre of Louisville closes the festival with Chimera conceived and created by Deborah Stein and Suli Holum with text by Ms. Stein. Welcome to the world of Jennifer Samuels, who has just discovered that she is her own twin. Inspired by a real-life horror story, Chimera takes you on a journey from the frontiers of modern science to the seeds of ancient mythology. Co-creators Deborah Stein and Suli Holum have launched a highly theatrical exploration of medical chimerism—the phenomenon of containing two different sets of DNA within one body—in order to explore what happens when technology shatters our ideas of who we think we are.
The Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, co-chaired by James Steinberg and Karolynn Lestrud, brings performing arts professionals together in the Rocky Mountains to develop new pieces of theater and dance, while mentoring new talent in each medium. The 2011 New Works Festival brings New York’s Second Stage to the festival that will reunite the successful artistic partnership of Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center Theatre Company, and New York’s Primary Stages. The Festival will also showcase works by emerging choreographer and Princess Grace Recipient Kyle Abraham and his dance company Abraham.In.Motion.
Now in its 98th year, Perry-Mansfield, founded by Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield, is recognized as the oldest continuously operating performing arts school and camp in the nation.
New Works Festival Artistic Director Andrew Leynse said, “I am thrilled to announce our 14th season of new works and to continue our unique collaboration with so many colleagues. This year we welcome New York’s Second Stage to our artistic partnership which will also feature students of Perry-Mansfield performing alongside professional actors. Each year we have had an unprecedented number of artists come to Perry-Mansfield from all over the country, and this year looks to be another distinct achievement.”
All rehearsals and performances will take place at Perry-Mansfield (40755 Routt County Road 36, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487). Free open rehearsals will take place June 13 – 17.
Performances are June 17-19. Tickets are priced at $15 for the staged readings, and $20 for the dance performance. A special Festival Weekend Ticket Package is available for $60 and includes all staged play readings, the dance presentation and festival receptions. For tickets and information, please call 800-430-2787 or 970-879-7125.
For lodging and area information, please visit the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort online. Additional information is available on the website at www.perry-mansfield.org.
Kyle Abraham (Choreographer, Dance Presentation) professional dancer and choreographer began his training at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA. He continued his dance studies in New York, receiving a BFA from SUNY Purchase and an MFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Over the past few years, Abraham has received tremendous accolades and awards for his dancing and choreography including a 2010 Bessie Award for Outstanding Performance in Dance for his work in The Radio Show, along with a 2010 Princess Grace Award for Choreography, a BUILD grant and an individual artist fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts, a Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant, a Pennsylvania Council for the Arts Fellowship and 2009 was honored as one of Dance Magazine’s 25 To Watch.
Abraham was heralded by OUT Magazine as one of the “best and brightest creative talent to emerge in New York City in the age of Obama.” His choreography has been presented throughout the United States and abroad, most recently at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Danspace Project, Dance Theater Workshop, Bates Dance Festival, Harlem Stage, Fall for Dance Festival at New York's City Center, Montreal, Germany, Dublin’s Project Arts Center, The Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum located in Okinawa Japan and The Andy Warhol Museum in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. His most recent work, The Corner, commissioned by Ailey 2, is currently touring internationally with great reception.
As a performer, Abraham has worked with acclaimed modern dance companies including David Dorfman Dance, Burnt Sugar Dance Conduction Continuum, Nathan Trice/Rituals, Mimi Garrard Dance Theater, Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, Dance Alloy, The Kevin Wynn Collection and Attack Theatre. In addition to performing and developing new works for his company, Abraham.In.Motion, Abraham also teaches his unique approach to post-modern dance in various schools and studios throughout the United States. For more information please visit: http://abrahaminmotion.org
Courtney Baron (Playwright, Eat Your Heart Out). Courtney’s play A Very Common Procedure has been produced at the MCC (director. Michael Greif), the Magic Theatre in San Francisco(director Loretta Greco) and as a part of the Cherry Lane Mentor project, mentored by David Auburn, (director Peter DuBois). Other plays include Consumption and Purge which were both commissioned from the Guthrie Theater, Consumption was produced at the Guthrie Lab; Here I Lie was produced by Rising Phoenix in NYC as part of the Cino Nights Series; Confidence Man was featured as part of the Theater For One, Christine Jones, Artistic Director; EarlStreetman was a part of the Larson Project at New York Theatre Workshop and at the 2003 O’Neill Playwrights Conference; John Brown's Body as part of Keen Americana at the Jose Quintero Theatre, NYC; Black Fish as part of the Backstory Project at the Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theatre of Louisville in 2000; In the Widows' Garden for the 2000 ChekhovNOW Festival, NYC.
Other works include: The Blue Room, which was awarded a 1999 Heideman Award and nominated for the American Theatre Critics' Association's Osborn Award, premiered at Humana Festival; Dream of Heaven and Hell for Reverie Productions, NYC; Dear Anton for the ChekhovNOW Festival, NYC; The Good Night, a finalist for the Princess Grace Award was workshopped at the Theatre for the New City and as part of the First Light Festival at the Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC; Love as a Science in the Seattle Fringe Festival; and Clip for the FronteraFest in Austin, Texas. Her play Preserve won the Women at the Door Award and received a workshop at the Famous Door Theatre in Chicago, a workshop at Rattlestick Productions, and was given a reading at Manhattan
Theatre Club, NYC. Courtney holds an MFA from Columbia University. Courtney is currently under commission with P2 Productions. She is also writing screenplays for Templehill Productions and Yarn Productions.
Michelle Bossy (Director, Eat Your Heart Out) is a New York based theater director and producer focused primarily on developing new work with emerging playwrights. Michelle is the Associate Artistic Director of Primary Stages, where she has also held numerous other positions over the last nine years. Currently she is directing What Are You Doing Here? by Maria Alexandria Beech for production in June, and the ongoing project High School Confidential by Janet Reed and Dan Ahearn for Primary Stages. Most recently, she directed the world premiere of Little Monsters by Maria Alexandria Beech at the Brandeis Theater Company. In addition, Michelle produced the world premiere of Dread Awakening and directed and produced the premieres of South Beach Rapture by David Caudle, I Love You, I Think by Bekah Brunstetter, Sarajevo’s Child by Katie Simon, Cumberland, Low Brow by Brian Pracht, and Missing Mike Vitelle. Upcoming projects: Bicycle Girl by Rogelio Martinez, and Carve by Molly Smith Metzler. For Primary Stages, she has produced the work of Athol Fugard, Christopher Durang, Horton Foote, A.R. Gurney, Lee Blessing, Michael Hollinger, Lanie Robertson, and many others. Michelle is the Director of the Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group, and teaches acting and playwriting for the Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). She holds the first undergraduate directing degree from Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts, is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Plum Theatre Company and is an adjunct professor at Syracuse University. Member: Lincoln Center Director’s Lab and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
Juliette Carillo (Director, Baby Girl) is thrilled to be returning to Perry-Mansfield where she directed Octavio Solis' Lydia in 2007. Juliette has directed critically acclaimed productions across the country, including Lydia (produced at Denver Theater Center, Yale Repertory Theatre and the Mark Taper Forum), the West Coast Premieres of Sam Shepard’s Eyes for Consuela (The Magic Theatre) and Eduardo Machado's The Cook (Seattle Repertory Theater) . Regionally, she has directed for the Actor's Theater of Louisville, Seattle Repertory Theater, The Alliance Theatre, Arizona Theater Company, TheatreWorks and Laguna Playhouse, as well workshops in NY theatres such as New York Theatre Workshop, The Public, INTAR and The Women's Project.
Currently a member of Cornerstone Theatre, she has collaborated with numerous communities in creating work. She directed Julie Hebert's Touch The Water with the Los Angeles River community, Shishir Kurup’'s As Vishnu Dreams with the Hindu community, Octavio Solis' Lethe with seniors and their caregivers and Sigrid Gilmer's It's All Bueno with the geographical community of Pacoima.
Juliette was an Artistic Associate at South Coast Repertory Theatre for seven years, where she directed regularly in their season and ran the Hispanic Playwrights Project, collaborating with successful Latino writers across the country. Standout productions at SCR include the West Coast Premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna In The Tropics by Nilo Cruz and World Premiere of Jose Rivera’s References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot.
A graduate of American Film Institute’s Directing Workshop for Women, she has written and directed several award-winning short films, including “Spiral” and “a-litter-a-tion,” and is currently developing a full-length screenplay. She is a recipient of several awards, including the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Directing Fellowship and the Princess Grace Award. Juliette is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
Suli Holum (Co-creator/Performer, Chimera) is a playwright, director and performer based in Brooklyn, NY. She was a founding member of Pig Iron Theatre Company. Her plays include The Lollipop Project, Oedipus at FDR, One Beach Road, and Pig Iron’s Gentlemen Volunteers. Off-Broadway credits include Hot 'n’ Throbbing, Courting Vampires, Live Girls, Lebensraum (Drama Desk Award); Regional theatre credits include Born Yesterday(Arena Stage); At the Vanishing Point, Phoenix (Humana Festival); Othello (Folger Shakepeare Library); Shut Eye, Cafeteria, Anodyne (Pig Iron). TV: “Law and Order: SVU.” She is a recipient of a TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship in support of the development of Chimera through the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP). The project has received additional support from the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists, The Playwrights’ Center, and Workhaus Collective.
Linda Kent (Director of Dance, Perry-Mansfield) toured internationally for over 21 years as a principal dancer with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and the Paul Taylor Dance Company. Her national television appearances include Ailey's “On Being Black,” “Memories and Visions,” “Cosby Celebrates Ailey” and five Taylor programs for the PBS series, “Dance in America.” Ms. Kent has staged works by Taylor, Ailey, and David Parsons for dance companies around the world, including Joffrey Ballet, Bat Dor Company of Israel, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, London Contemporary Dance Theater, La Scala Opera Ballet and the Juilliard School. She graduated from the Juilliard School and has been a faculty member there since 1984, and also taught at the Taylor School, Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, the University of Illinois, and Wake Forest University. In 1992, she was the first modern dancer asked to teach at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow. Linda returns to Perry-Mansfield for her eleventh summer as Director of Dance.
Victor Maog (Director, Boy Wonders/Director of Theater, Perry Mansfield) is a stage director and educator whose work has reached over half the continental United States. He has collaborated at the NYSF/Public Theater, Hartford Stage, Mabou Mines, Williamstown, Ma-Yi, Lark, MCC, The Working Theater, New Dramatists, Intar, and directed/taught for NYU/Tisch, UPenn, Fordham, and others. Victor has been recognized with the National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Career Development Award for Directors, Paula Altvater Fellowship at Cornerstone, Van Lier Directing Fellowship at Second Stage, and the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Presidential Award for Outstanding Academic Enrichment for his collaborations with disadvantaged youth. A member of the Lincoln Center Director's Lab, Partial Comfort Productions and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Victor has been a mentor director for the Kennedy Center's American College Theatre Festival and served as a U.S. Delegate to the 31st International Theatre Institute/UNESCO World Congress in Manila. His long-term collaboration, Total Power Exchange by Edith Freni, was just nominated for the “New American Plays for Russia” initiative, which is funded by the U.S. embassy in Moscow under the auspices of the Bilateral Presidential Commission. A graduate of New York University's Gallatin School with concentrations in Global Leadership and Performance Studies, Victor enters his fourth season as Director of Theatre at Perry-Mansfield. Under his leadership the Theatre and Music Theatre Department has embarked on the Original Works Initiative where nationally and internationally recognized artists create works for and often in collaboration with Perry-Mansfield’s unique student body.
Deborah Stein (Co-creator, Chimera) plays include Wallflower, God Save Gertrude, Bone Portraits, and Heist! Her plays have been produced and developed nationally at Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Theatre @ Boston Court, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Stages Rep, the Women’s Project, Playlabs, the Wilma Theatre, Live Girls!, Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, and Theatre Artaud; in New York at the Public Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Ars Nova; and internationally in Poland, Ireland, Edinburgh (the Traverse) and Prague. Since 2001, she has written six new works with the Pig Iron Theatre Company, and has collaborated on original ensemble works and site-specific installations with artists including Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand, and Lear deBessonet. Her writing is published in Theatre Forum, Play: A Journal of Plays, and The Best American Poetry of 1996. She is the recipient of the 2010-2011 McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, where she was also a two-time Jerome Fellow and co-producing director of the Workhaus Collective. Currently, she is a resident artist at HERE, a 2009-2011 Bush Artist Fellow, and a member of New Dramatists.
Octavio Solis (Playwright, Baby Girl) is a playwright and director living in San Francisco. His works Ghosts of the River, Quixote, Lydia, June in a Box, Lethe, Marfa Lights, Gibraltar, The Ballad of Pancho and Lucy, The 7 Visions of Encarnación, Bethlehem, Dreamlandia, El Otro, Man of the Flesh, Prospect, El Paso Blue, Santos & Santos, and La Posada Mágica have been mounted at the Mark Taper Forum, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the Dallas Theater Center, the Magic Theatre, Intersection for the Arts, South Coast Repertory Theatre, the San Diego Repertory Theatre, the San Jose Repertory Theatre, Shadowlight Productions, the Venture Theatre in Philadelphia, Latino Chicago Theatre Company, the New York Summer Play Festival, Teatro Vista in Chicago, El Teatro Campesino, the Undermain Theatre in Dallas, Thick Description, Campo Santo, the Imua Theatre Company in New York, and Cornerstone Theatre. His collaborative works include Burning Dreams, co-written with Julie Hebert and Gina Leishman and Shiner, written with Erik Ehn. Solis has received an NEA 1995-97 Playwriting Fellowship, the Roger L. Stevens Award from the Kennedy Center, the Will Glickman Playwright Award, a production grant from the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays, the 1998 TCG/NEA Theatre Artists in Residence Grant, the 1998 McKnight Fellowship grant from the Playwrights Center in Minneapolis, and the National Latino Playwriting Award for 2003. He is the recipient of the 2000-2001 National Theatre Artists Residency Grant from TCG and the Pew Charitable Trust for Gibraltar at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Solis is a Thornton Wilder Fellow for the MacDowell Colony, a New Dramatists alum and a member of the Dramatists Guild.
Joe Tracz (Playwright, Boy Wonders) is a New York-based playwright with an MFA in Dramatic Writing from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. His play In the Woods Where Wolves Are received a staged reading at the Public Theater as part of NYU's MFA Thesis presentations. Other full-length plays include Boy Wonders (readings: NYU Festival of New Works; American College Theatre Festival; Performance Network of Ann Arbor, MI); Song For a Future Generation (readings: NYU Festival of New Works; Bridge Theater) and Phenomenon Of Decline (Long Wharf Theatre's Next Stage Productions; ACTF). His ten-minute play Man Up and Away has appeared in festivals from Aspen to Williamstown, including an Off-Broadway showcase at 59E59 Theaters. His original TV pilot “Fang!” premiered at the 2007 Chicago Comedy Festival. He is a member of Aspen Theater Masters and the director of New Play Development for the Bridge Theater Company and holds a BA in English from Kalamazoo College, Michigan.
Andrew Leynse (Artistic Director, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival) is currently in his fifth season as the Artistic Director of Perry-Mansfield’s New Works Festival, where he directed The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O’Brien, The Receptionist by Adam Bock, Spiced Vodka by Rinne Groff, and produced Mama Hated Diesels by Randall Myler and Dan Wheetman. Andrew has served as the Artistic Director of Primary Stages for the last nine seasons. He has produced, managed, and directed in the New York Theatre community for more than twenty years. Andrew began his career at Primary Stages after graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s Directing Program. At Castle Hill Productions he produced over twenty productions on and off Broadway. Upon returning to Primary Stages as Artistic Director in 1995 he oversaw the move to their new home at 59E59 Theaters. Primary Stages productions have received considerable critical acclaim, including Tony, Obie, AUDELCO, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Drama Desk (among others) awards and nominations. Recent productions include In Transit, Black Tie by A.R. Gurney, Secrets of the Trade by Jonathan Tolins, Dividing The Estate by Horton Foote, Happy Now? by Lucinda Coxon, Opus by Michael Hollinger, Shipwrecked! by Donald Margulies and Buffalo Gal by A.R. Gurney to name a few. Primary Stages received the Lucille Lortel Outstanding Body of Work Award in 2008. Andrew recently directed the world premiere production of The Cherry Sisters Revisited by Dan O’Brien with music by Michael Friedman at the Humana Festival at Actors Theater of Louisville.
Emily Tarquin (Festival Producer, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival) is in her 9th season with Perry-Mansfield and has played a role in over 30 theatre and dance workshops as part of the New Works Festival. Emily is based in Denver and is the Artistic Associate of the Denver Center Theatre Company in which she coordinates the Colorado New Play Summit, contributes as the Casting Associate and is Co-Curator of Off-Center, Denver Center’s new initiative dedicated to experimenting with new theatrical forms and creating interactive theatrical experiences. She is also the Co-Founder of the production company/creative think tank, The Idea Place; most recent production: Busch Fest, an evening of Charles Busch one acts, at Mary's Attic in Chicago. In addition she has managed the Perry-Mansfield costume shop and has designed the Evening of Dance Concert for the past 5 summers. Emily graduated from Savannah College of Art & Design with a BFA in Media & Performing Arts; her thesis project, Game Show, the Musical, was given an ASCAP workshop for her book and lyrics.
Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival brings performing arts professionals together in the Rocky Mountains to develop new pieces of theater and dance, while mentoring new talent in each medium. Presented with artistic partnership from Primary Stages (under the artistic direction of Andrew Leynse), in collaboration with Actor’s Theater of Louisville, Second Stage, and Denver Center Theatre Company, and guest choreographer Kyle Abraham, with sponsorship from The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust, the New Works Festival continues Perry-Mansfield's founding principle of nurturing new talent with new work. Past festival works include The Morini Strad by Willy Holtzman (subsequently produced at at City Theater and in the spring at Primary Stages), Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison (Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville), What’s That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling with book and lyrics by David Pittu and music by Randy Redd ( world premiere Atlantic Theater Company & New World Stages); When Tang Met Laika by Rogelio Martinez (world premiere Denver Center); Mama Hated Diesels; The Songs and Stories of the American Truck Driver, by Randall Myler and Dan Wheetman (world premiere Denver Center) ; Lydia by Octavio Solis (world premiere Denver Center); Plainsong by Eric Schmiedl (world premiere Denver Center); The Cherry Sister Revisited by Dan O’Brien (world premiere Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville), Wild Blessings: A Celebration of Wendell Barry, adapted for the stage by Marc Masterson and Adrien-Alice Hansel from the writings of Wendell Barry (world premiere at the Humana Festival at Actors Theatre of Louisville); The Receptionist by Adam Boch (was world premiered at Manhattan Theatre Club); The Blue Flower by Jim Bauer & Ruth Bauer (Prospect Theatre at the West End Theater) A Sleeping Country by Melanie Marnich ( world premiere Cincinatti Playhouse in the Park) and The Unauthorized Autobiography of Samantha Brown with book & lyrics by Kait Kerrigan and music by Brian Lowdermilk, among others.
The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust was created by Harold Steinberg in 1986 in the names of himself and his late wife Miriam. The Trust's primary mission is to support and promote the American theater as a vital part of our culture by nurturing American playwrights, encouraging the development and production of new American plays, and providing significant support to theater companies across the country.
Since its inception, the Trust has given in excess of $40 million to more than one hundred not-for-profit theater organizations. These gifts have funded countless productions, as well as the commissioning of playwrights, playwriting programs and arts-in-education outreach programs for tens of thousands of children in an effort to create and educate new generations of theatergoers.
The Trust has also been instrumental in providing emergency assistance to numerous theater companies that have faced severe financial circumstances (including possible dissolution) because of cutbacks in traditional sources of funding or other factors, including the devastating impact of the events of September 11, 2001 on cultural institutions in New York City.
The Trust has also collaborated with the American Theatre Critics Association to create and fund the Steinberg/ATCA New Play Award. The award is presented annually during the Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Recent winners of this award include Craig Lucas, Lynn Nottage, Lee Blessing and Nilo Cruz.
Perry-Mansfield In 1913, Charlotte Perry and Portia Mansfield fulfilled their dreams of creating a theater and dance camp in the mountains. Now, over ninety-five years later, Perry-Mansfield is recognized as the oldest continuously operating performing arts school and camp in the nation. Throughout the years, a number of distinguished alumni, faculty, and guest artists have passed through the doors of Perry-Mansfield. The list includes Robert Battle, Sammy Bayes, Jessica Biel, Ruthanna Boris, Wally Cardona, John Cage, Martha Clarke, Merce Cunningham, Harriette Ann Gray, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, Hanya Holm, Lee Horsley, Doris Humphrey, Jack Lee, José Limon, Agnes de Mille, Daniel Nagrin, Peter Pucci, Jason Raize, Lee Remick, Stephen Schwartz, Amala Shankar, Ton Simons, Francis Sternhagen, Helen Tamiris, Joan Van Ark, and Charles Weidman. Today, students from all over the world take classes from a select group of accomplished and internationally renowned faculty. The tradition of Perry-Mansfield remains unsurpassed as the camp continues to prepare emerging young artists for the stage. Recent alumni are performing with Ballet Hispanico, Battleworks Dance Company, Munich Ballet, the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Nederlands Dans Theater, and in film, on Broadway and television. Since 1992, Perry-Mansfield has been owned and operated by a 501(c)3 non-profit organization called Friends of Perry-Mansfield and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. We invite you to share in the magic of Perry-Mansfield.
Actors Theater of Louisville. Now entering its 48th season, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the State Theatre of Kentucky, has emerged as one of America's most consistently innovative professional theatre companies. For more than 30 years, it has been a major force in revitalizing American playwriting. Its annual Humana Festival of New American Plays is recognized as the premier event of its kind and draws producers, journalists, critics, playwrights and theatre lovers from around the world for a marathon of new works. More than 350 plays from Actors Theatre have been published, making them available to producers and readers, and creating a significant addition to the nation’s dramatic literature. Actors Theatre’s programming includes a broad range of classical and contemporary work, presenting more than 500 performances each season. The company performs annually to nearly 200,000 people and is the recipient of the most prestigious awards bestowed on a regional theatre: a special Tony Award for Distinguished Achievement, the James N. Vaughan Memorial Award for Exceptional Achievement and Contribution to the Development of Professional Theatre, and the Margo Jones Award for the Encouragement of New Plays. Actors Theatre's international appearances include performances in over 29 cities in 15 foreign countries. Currently, there are 40 books of plays and criticism from Actors Theatre in publication and circulation.
Denver Center Theatre Company As the flagship theatre of the Rocky Mountain region, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts creates and presents exceptional theatre that engages, excites, provokes and inspires both artists and audiences. They embrace the classics while also striving to create new plays and musicals that advance the American theatre and are committed to making The Denver Center a center for lifelong learning and civic engagement.
Primary Stages has given life to more than 100 new plays, many of them world premieres, by writers such as Horton Foote, A.R. Gurney, Willy Holtzman, Julia Jordan, Romulus Linney, Donald Margulies, Melissa Manchester, Terrence McNally, John Henry Redwood, John Patrick Shanley, Mac Wellman, Lee Blessing and Michele Lowe. The company also continues to work with emerging playwrights through commissions and its artist development program, The Dorothy Strelsin New American Writers Group.
Over the years, the company has received considerable critical acclaim and numerous theater and literary awards and nominations, including TONY, Obie, AUDELCO, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel , Drama League and Drama Desk Awards. The Fourth Wall, All in the Timing, The Old Settler, Missing/Kissing, The Model Apartment, Scotland Road, You Should Be So Lucky, The Stendhal Syndrome, Sabina, Dividing the Estate and In The Continuum are among the many plays brought to national attention by Primary Stages.
Primary Stages is honored to be the Resident Theater Company of 59E59 Theaters since its inauguration in 2004. 59E59 Theaters is a state of the art theater center on Manhattan’s East side which provides a home to numerous visiting companies, theater festivals, and artists throughout the year. www.59e59.org.
Second Stage Theatre, founded in 1979 under the leadership of Artistic Director Carole Rothman, produces a diverse range of premieres and new interpretations of America’s best contemporary theatre, including Tiny Alice and Peter and Jerry by Edward Albee; The Good Times Are Killing Me by Lynda Barry; The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane; Little Murders by Jules Feiffer; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin; A Soldier’s Play by Charles Fuller; Afterbirth: Kathy & Mo’s Greatest Hits by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy; Becky Shaw by Gina Gionfriddo; Painting Churches and Coastal Disturbances by Tina Howe; Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants and On the Stem by Ricky Jay; Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey; Living Out by Lisa Loomer; This Is Our Youth and The Waverly Gallery by Kenneth Lonergan; Some Men by Terrence McNally; eurydice by Sarah Ruhl; Everyday Rapture by Dick Scanlan and Sherie Rene Scott; Let Me Down Easy by Anna Deavere Smith; Saturday Night by Stephen Sondheim; Crowns by Regina Taylor; Uncommon Women and Others by Wendy Wasserstein; Spoils of War by Michael Weller; Before It Hits Home, Jar the Floor and Birdie Blue by Cheryl L. West; Jitney by August Wilson; Lemon Sky, Serenading Louie and Sympathetic Magic by Lanford Wilson; and Metamorphoses and The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci by Mary Zimmerman.
The company’s more than 130 citations include the 2010 Pulitzer prize for Next to Normal, the 2009 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley) for Next to Normal, the 2007 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play (Julie White, The Little Dog Laughed), 2005 Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical (Rachel Sheinkin, …Spelling Bee) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Dan Fogler, …Spelling Bee), 2002 Tony Award for Best Director of a Play (Mary Zimmerman for Metamorphoses), the 2002 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work, 26 Obie Awards, six Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Clarence Derwent Awards, 12 Drama Desk Awards, nine Theatre World Awards, 12 Lucille Lortel Awards, the Drama Critics Circle Award and 15 AUDELCO Awards.
In 1999, Second Stage Theatre opened its state-of-the-art, 296-seat theatre, designed by renowned Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. In 2002, Second Stage launched “Second Stage Theatre Uptown” series (Christopher Burney, Associate Artistic Director and Curator) to showcase the work of up and coming artists at the McGinn/Cazale Theatre. The series has helped launch and advance the careers of several up-and-coming playwrights, including Rajiv Joseph ( Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), Leslye Headland (Bachelorette), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Good Boys and True, HBO’s “Big Love”), Adam Bock (A Small Fire, The Drunken City), and Brooke Berman (Hunting and Gathering). Last season’s series featured the New York premiere of Michael Golamco’s Year Zero, directed by Will Frears and the New York premiere production of Leslye Headland’s critically acclaimed hit comedy Bachelorette, directed by Trip Cullman. The Theatre supports artists through several programs that include residencies, fellowships and commissions, and engages students and community members through education and outreach programs.
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