Red Fern Theatre Company Presents MARCH, Opening 4/14

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Red Fern Theatre Company (Melanie Moyer Williams, Executive Artistic Director, Ken Hall, Managing Director) will present the World Premiere of Sharyn Rothstein's (Lunchblocked with Ars Nova; Camp Monster at Williamstown Theatre Festival) MARCH, directed by Kel Haney(Assistant Director, Manhattan Theatre Club's WitGood Egg with Red Fern Theatre Company) with Scenic Design by Caite Hevner, Costume Design by Sydney Maresca, Sound Design and Original Music by Anthony Mattana, and Lighting Design by Marie Yokoyama. The production will be cast by Darragh Garvey and Stage Managed by Michal V. MendelsonMarch was originally workshopped at the Bay Area Playwright's Festival and was a 2010 finalist for the Yale Drama Series Competition. 

Two teens take on the real and imaginary monsters in their lives in this funny and compelling theatrical journey through the treacherous worlds of virtual battlefields and real-life adolescence. Though their backgrounds couldn't be more different, Eva Lucia Perez, a 14 year-old from the Bronx, and Michael Meltzer, a 15 year-old kid growing up in the suburbs, are both dealing with complicated families when they meet as avatars in Eden, a fantasy realm in an online game. As they embark on a journey to a new level in the game, Eva Lucia and Michael become unexpected friends, and find in each other the escape they need to get to that place and time when you first realize that the world is bigger than your family.
 
The World Premiere of MARCH, presented by Red Fern Theatre Company, will have a three-week engagement at The Theater at the 14th Street Y (344 East 14th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues) April 12-29; Thursday through Saturday at 8pm and Sundays at 3pm, with an additional performance on Monday, April 23 at 7pm. Tickets ($20) may be purchased online at www.redferntheatre.com or by calling 866-811-4111
 
SHARYN ROTHSTEIN (Playwright) plays include Lunchblocked (Ars Nova), Camp Monster (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Neglect (Ensemble Studio Theatre), The Invested (4th Street Theatre; Finalist, SheWRITES New Play Competition), For Abigail Who Drowns Men (New Georges, workshop), A Good Farmer (3Graces Theatre Co.), among others. Her musicals, full-length and one-acts plays have been produced and workshopped in New York and around the country, and her short plays have been published in several anthologies. Sharyn holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, as well as a Masters in Public Health from Hunter College. She is the recipient of a 2008 Ensemble Studio Theater/Sloan commission. Sharyn is a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, as well as a member of the 2011-2012 Ars Nova Playgroup.
 
Kel Haney (Director) has directed and developed new work with Manhattan Theatre Club, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Ars Nova, Cherry Lane Theatre, The Flea, Partial Comfort Productions, New Dramatists, New Georges, The Directors Company, 52nd Street Project, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Youngblood, Lark, Vampire Cowboys, 3Graces, Red Fern Theatre Company, FringeNYC, and Westport Country Playhouse. Recent directing credits include: Good Egg by Dorothy Fortenberry (Red Fern Theatre Company), Sealand book, music & lyrics by Nathan Leigh (The Flea), The Motherf**ker With the Social Life by Jonathan Caren (Old Vic), Interviewing Miss Davis by Laura Maria Censabella (Ensemble Studio Theatre Marathon), We Semi-Solids Melt Into Air by Jon Kern (Youngblood/Sam French Festival) and Parent Teacher by Sharyn Rothstein (3Graces, Cherry Lane Theatre). Recent assistant directing credits include the Broadway debut of Wit (directed by Lynne Meadow) and The Whipping Man (directed by Doug Hughes) at Manhattan Theatre Club. Also: Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre Director in Residence, & Old Vic/New Voices Exchange Program. This summer, Kel will direct the world premiere of The Consequences by Kyle Jarrow & Nathan Leigh at Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre. www.kelhaney.com
 
RED FERN THEATRE COMPANY Through its productions and outreach, the RFTC provokes social awareness and social change. Each play produced by the RFTC addresses social issues that range in scope from local to global. They pair each of their productions with a philanthropy whose work relates to the social themes of the play. A portion of the ticket sales from each play is donated to the designated philanthropy, and they educate their audiences on their mission and activities. By associating each production with a philanthropic organization, they are able to respond directly to the people affected by the issues addressed in the play. 

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