TACT to Present One-Night Only Concert Reading of “The Triangle Factory Fire Project” – Feb 7
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
TACT/THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE
TO PRESENT A ONE-NIGHT ONLY CONCERT READING OF
“THE TRIANGLE FACTORY FIRE PROJECT”
BY CHRISTOPHER PIEHLER & SCOTT ALAN EVANS
100TH ANNIVERSARY OF TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST FACTORY FIRE
PROCEEDS TO BENEFIT TACT AND THE TRIANGLE SHIRTWAIST
FACTORY FIRE MEMORIAL FUND
THEATRE 80 ON ST. MARK’S PLACE
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2011 AT 7:30PM
New York, NY (1/20/11) – TACT/The Actors Company Theatre (Scott Alan Evans, Cynthia Harris and Simon Jones, Co-Artistic Directors), the critically-acclaimed company “dedicated to presenting neglected or rarely produced plays of literary merit,” will present a one-night only concert reading of The Triangle Factory Fire Project, its critically-acclaimed 2004 Off Broadway production. The reading will be the kickoff event leading up to the city wide commemoration of the centenary of the tragic fire at The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory that took place on March 25, 1911.
The 7:30 p.m. performance will feature Co-Artistic Director, Cynthia Harris, original cast members from the celebrated 2004 Off-Broadway production: Jamie Bennett, Nora Chester, Francesca Di Mauro, Timothy McCracken, James Murtaugh and Scott Schafer, as well as guest artists Victoria Mack and Jeff Talbott. Company designers Mary Louise Geiger (lights), Daryl Bornstein (sound) and David Toser (costumes), will also be represented, with original music composed by Colin McGrath. Company Member Meredith Dixon will stage manage the evening with assistance from Megan E. Coutts. The production will be directed by Co- Artistic Director Scott Alan Evans.
Tickets are $100 ($70 tax-deductible) and may be purchased by visiting www.theater80.net or by calling (212) 388-0388. Proceeds will go to support TACT and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Memorial Fund. For more information, please visit www.tactnyc.org.
A reception with the cast will follow the performance. To honor this event in New York City’s history and to celebrate the spirit of the Lower East Side, TACT has teamed up with the neighborhood's finest local businesses to create a unique reception featuring the best of NYC's delicacies including; delicious Veniero’s Pastry, specialty brews from Argo Tea, savory treats from Jimmy’s Number 43, and traditional egg creams by Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop with real siphon seltzer!
The Triangle Shirtwaist Company was located one block east of Washington Square Park in New York City. On March 25, 1911 a fire broke out. That day there were over 500 employees working – most of them were recent immigrants, many of them young women. In the end 146 people died. The fire became a rallying cry for the international labor movement, women’s rights, the suffrage movement, worker’s rights and fire safety laws, and a symbol of corporate neglect and injustice.
Originally produced Off-Broadway in 2004, The Triangle Factory Fire Project uses eyewitness accounts, court transcripts and other archival material to create a dramatic moment-by-moment account of this historic fire and the social upheaval that followed. The play has subsequently been published by Dramatist Play Service and has since received productions all over the country.
What the critics had to say about The Triangle Factory Fire Project….
“Electrically directed by Scott Alan Evans and dynamically acted by the whole company it is one of the theatre events of the season.”
– The New York Post
A collaborative blaze of sadness, energy and poignancy.” – Broadway.com
“Tugs at your emotional core. A truly great play…” – Off-Off Online
TACT/THE ACTORS COMPANY THEATRE’s celebrated company of actors was drawn together in 1992 by a love of the literature of the theatre. Since that time, they have grown to become a true ensemble: a group that has developed a common vocabulary and a technique based on their specific artistic vision and collective body of work. TACT company members, whose cumulative experience includes scores of significant roles on and off Broadway, in the country’s finest regional theatres and in many films and television shows, have received Emmy, Obie, Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards, in addition to several Tony nominations.
After presenting thirteen seasons of “in-concert” performances, the company took a leap forward with its 2006-07 season by presenting fully staged productions of David Storey’s Home and The Sea by Edward Bond at The Beckett Theatre on Theatre Row. TACT became a resident company on Theatre Row with its 2007-08 season when they presented critically-acclaimed productions of The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt and The Eccentricities of a Nightingale, by Tennessee Williams, which The New York Times included in its “Top 10 Theatre Picks for 2008.” The company’s productions of Alan Ayckbourn’s Bedroom Farce, Arthur Miller’s Incident at Vichy and last season’s The Late Christopher Bean by Sidney Howard and The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot, became instant hits and enjoyed extended runs. The company will end its 2010-11 season with Three Men on a Horse, by John Cecil Holm and George Abbott. Previews begin on Monday, March 14th.