STUDENTFLEXPASS CRAZY MARY
By A.R. Gurney (The Dining Room; The Perfect Party; Love Letters). Featuring Sigourney Weaver. Directed by Jim Simpson (Mrs. Farnsworth; Psych). Mainstage Theater
In an attempt to account for the family inheritance, the scion of a wealthy Buffalo, NY clan and her willful, college-aged son visit their long lost cousin Mary. The catch: Mary is living in an asylum, and has barely spoken in years, forcing mother and son to employ radical ends to get through.
FLOYD AND CLEA UNDER THE WESTERN SKY
A New Musical. By David Cale (Lillian) and Jonathan Kreisberg. Directed by Joe Calarco (Shakespeare’s R&J, Boy). Mainstage Theater.
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Burnt out, living out of his Studebaker, former country-western star Floyd Duffner’s best days seem to be behind him. But when a 20 year-old feral beauty with an electrifying voice enters the picture, an unlikely friendship and musical partnership begins to blossom. A freewheeling musical journey from Montana to Austin (with a side trip to Hollywood), Floyd and Clea is a tale of sweet heartbreak, a parable about finding the strength, against all odds, to keep on keepin’ on.
Q&A: A.R. GURNEY
Born and raised: Buffalo, N.Y. Schools: Williams College; Officers Candidate School, Newport, R.I.; Yale School of Drama. Extra-curriculars: writing poems and stories for college literary magazines; writing book and lyrics for student spring musicals; various sports. Influential books: Salinger, Cheever, Hemingway, Fielding, Dickens, Thackeray, Bronte. Influential films: “Casablanca,” “Singing In The Rain,” “Adam’s Rib,” “Gone With The Wind.” Influential music: Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin; LPs were beginning to come out when I was at college. Broadway musicals were the hot items. Influential plays: Streetcar, Death Of A Salesman, Ibsen and Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shakespeare. Wrote my honors thesis on The Winter’s Tale.
Q&A: DAVID CALE Born and raised: Luton, England. Schools: I didn't go to college or university and left school at 16, (or more accurately was thrown out because I didn't pass my O levels, which I guess is the English equivalent of SATs). Influential books: 'The Left Handed Woman' by Peter Handke. Films: Those of Luis Bunuel. Music: Laurie Anderson, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young. Plays and Playwrights: “Tourists and Refugees.” Samuel Beckett, Harold Pinter, John Guare, Sam Shepard, Alan Bennett, Peter Handke. The biggest influence for me as a performer was seeing Bette Midler in concert when I was 19. It was an incredibly life affirming performance, funny and moving and inspired and unpredictable and at the time I thought, “That's what I want to aspire to.“
Q&A: JONATHAN KREISBERG
By Richard Nelson (Franny's Way; Tony Award for James Joyce's The Dead). Directed by Robert Falls (Tony Award for Death of a Salesman; Long Day's Journey...). Mainstage Theater.
Born and raised: Born in NYC, raised in Miami. Schools: University of Miami School of Music. Extra-curriculars: 24 hours of music. My extra curricular interest would have been my girlfriend. Influential books: “Portnoy's Complaint,” and the autobiography of Miles Davis. Films: “Lost Highway,” “Raising Arizona,” “City of Women.” Music: Keith Jarrett, J.S. Bach, Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, Bob Dylan. Plays and playwrights: “Death of a Salesman,” “Les Miserables,“ “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
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It is summer, 1923, and architect Frank Lloyd Wright has recently left Chicago for California, determined to embrace Hollywood's youthful zest and mend broken relationships with his adult children. Having recently completed his latest "wonder of the world" – Tokyo's Imperial Hotel – Wright is poised to settle down and embrace his new home. But his splintered family still holds deep-seated resentments. Frank's Home is a lyrical, heartbreaking story about one of our greatest, if less than perfect, visionaries – a man who created a new architectural vocabulary but couldn't create a home for himself and his family.
By Tanya Barfield. Directed by Leigh Silverman (Well). Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
When a prominent African-American mathematician in crisis begins to lose his grip on reality, the ghosts of ancestors past shatter the silence of an insomnia-filled night. Blue Door is a tour-de-force for two actors, a vivid, exuberantly theatrical play about the black American male experience.
Q&A: RICHARD NELSON
Born and Raised: Chicago, Illinois. Raised throughout the U.S. Schools: Hamilton College. Extracurriculars: Wrote and produced fourteen original plays. Ran the school’s literary magazine. Influential books: Faulkner. The stories of Chekhov, novels of Phillip Roth, and the non-fiction of Edwin Williams. Music: Benjamin Britten, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, John Adams, John Harbison. Films: Eric Rohmer. Mikhalkov’s “Burnt By The Sun” and “An Unfinished Piece for a Player Piano.” Bergman’s “Fanny & Alexander.” “La Dolce Vita.” Plays and playwrights: All the plays of Chekhov. Strindberg. Edward Bond.
By Adam Rapp (Pulitzer Prize finalist, Obie award winner for Red Light Winter). Directed by Carolyn Cantor (Orange Flower Water), Mr. Rapp's Stone Cold Dead Serious). Peter Jay Sharp Theater.
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Q&A: TANYA BARFIELD Born and raised: San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon. Schools: NYU Undergrad Drama, Juilliard Playwriting Program. Extra-curriculars: I worked a lot in college and didn't do any extra-curricular activities. Influential books: “Beloved” by Toni Morrison, “Push” by Sapphire, “Theatre of the Absurd,” “Theatre of Revolt.” Plays and playwrights: Shakespeare, Shepard, Fugard, Brecht, Ibsen, Anna Deavere Smith, solo, slam-poetry and performance artists.
THE PAIN AND THE ITCH
By Bruce Norris. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro (Associate Artist, Steppenwolf Theater Company). Mainstage Theater.
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With a young daughter in serious need of attention and a ravenous creature possibly prowling the upstairs bedrooms, what begins as an average Thanksgiving for one privileged family unravels into an exposé of disastrous choices and less-than-altruistic motives. The Pain and the Itch is a scathing satire of the politics of class and race, a controversial, painfully human examination of denial and its consequences.
A disgruntled misfit takes a job as an attack dummy in a women's self-defense class and finds himself mysteriously drawn to the repressed bookworm who's beating on him. But all's not well: with local children vanishing at an alarming rate, our hero, his lady friend, and a motley assortment of poets, butchers, and punk librarians prepare to battle the darkness on the edge of town.
Q&A: BRUCE NORRIS
Q&A: ADAM RAPP
Born and raised: Houston, TX. Schools: Northwestern University, B.S. (appropriately) in Speech. Extracurriculars: Working on plays and having sex. They are still my only interests. Influential books: "The Brothers Karamazov," (and, with shame, I admit): "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance." Films: "My Dinner With Andre," "The Shining," "Full Metal Jacket." Music: John Lennon, Rickie Lee Jones, Stray Cats, The Beatles, The Cars, Specials. Plays / playwrights: "Streamers," "House of Blue Leaves," "Joe Egg," and, most of all, Joe Orton (all of the plays) and Monty Python (if that counts).
Born and raised: Chicago and Joliet, Illinois. Schools: I attended Clarke College in Dubuque, IA and the Juilliard Playwriting Program. Extra-curriculars: I played basektball in college. I started at guard and was the team captain. Influential books: Rabbit, Run, “Slaughterhouse-Five,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “White Noise,” “The Stranger,” “The House of Mirth.” Films: “Five Easy Pieces,” “Love and Death,” ”Hanna and Her Sisters,” “Blood Simple,” “Raising Arizona,” “The Mission,” “The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover.” Music: Erik B. and Rakim, Third Bass, Julie Cruise, Led Zepplitn, The Cure. Plays and playwrights: Pinter's “Birthday Party,” Churchill's “Cloud Nine,” Shepard's “Buried Child,” Bond's “Saved,” and Guare's “Landscape of the Body.”
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