The Drama League Announces 29th Annual DirectorFest Lineup

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The Drama League Announces 29th Annual DirectorFest Lineup

The Drama League (Gabriel Shanks, Executive Director; Roger T. Danforth, Artistic Director) has announced full casting for the 29th Annual DirectorFest, a festival of one-act plays staged by the Fall Directing Fellows of The Drama League Directors Project, beginning December 6 - 9 at The Abingdon Theatre Arts Complex, 312 West 36th street (at 8th Avenue).

The performance schedule is: Thursday, December 6 at 7:00 PM, Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM, Saturday, December 8 at 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 9 at 3:00 PM. There will be a special ON STAGE: THE DIRECTORS Roundatable Discussion following the Saturday matinee beginning at 4:00 PM. All performances and discussion are FREE to and open to the Public, Drama League Members and Industry Professionals ($18 Suggested Donation at the door). To make a reservation, call 212-244-9494, or SmartTix: 212-868-4444 or www.smarttix.com

DirectorFest offers an exciting glimpse into the future of American theatre by presenting one-ACT Productions staged by four of the nation's most promising young directors, which include Cat Miller, David Mendi?abal, Christopher Windom, Knud Adams., joining the ranks of many prominent graduates of The Drama League’s prestigious program that include alumni Christopher Ashley (Leap of Faith, Memphis), Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Clybourne Park, ), Michael Mayer (American Idiot, Spring Awakening), Diane Paulus (The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess, Hair) and Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). This year’s talented young directing fellows have been assisting master directors on some of the biggest productions in NYC this season. Now they have a chance to show off everything they’ve learned.

The creative team includes Julia Noulin-Merat (Scenic Design), Whitney Locher (Costume Design), Melissa Mizell (Lighting Design), M. Florian Staab (Sound Design), and Rowan Doyle (Props Design). The Production Manager is Peggy R. Samuels with Stage Managers Christina Lowe, Emily Marie Thomas, Michael Friedlander and Natalie Qing Zhang.

The schedule for 29th Annual DirectorFest evening of one-act plays is:

Moony’s Kid Don’t Cry
by Tennessee Williams
Directed by Christopher Windom

The two-member cast features Corey Allen as Mooney and Keona Welch as Jane.

In his first play ever to be published, Tennessee Williams gives us Moony, a man who has fallen short of the American Dream, but fights oppression with ambitious dreams of his own.

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A Brief History of America
by Dipika Guha
Directed by Cat Miller
Produced by special arrangement with the author

The three-member cast features Jorge Cordova as Roberto/Young Roberto/Boy, Lucy Martin as Sadie and Polly Noonan as Sarah/Young Sarah/Girl.

Swept along by the storm of history a young girl charts a path through life, death, love and loss – A Brief History of America is both a radical and simple re-imagining of our collective past.

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Minotaur
by Harrison David Rivers
Directed by David Mendizábal
Produced by special arrangement with the author.

The cast features Juan Castano as Boy, Tony Award Nominee John Herrera as Dad and Lelund Durond Thompson as Minotaur.

Somewhere in suburbia, a father attempts to connect with his teenage son who has his sights set on an older man.

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Gun Logistics
by Max Posner
Directed by Knud Adams
Produced by special arrangement with the author.

The two-member cast feature Birgit Huppuch as Woman and Paul Thureen as Man.

Knud Adams and Max Posner have teamed up to create a new play about two lonely people who steer their failing lives on a collision course toward each other, written for Birgit Huppuch and Paul Thureen.

For additional information, please visit the website at www.dramaleague.org.

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