Por Piedad Teatro Presents WORKING ON A SPECIAL DAY, Now Through 7/6
Known for their international vision of new plays, The Play Company (PlayCo) is pleased to announce that Working on a Special Day, their 2013 co-production with Mexico City's Por Piedad Teatro, has gone on to a series of international engagements, including the Edinburgh Fringe (August 2013), Singapore's M1 Festival (January 2014) and the Adelaide Fringe Festival (February 2014 - Winner, Peace Foundation Award). After an award-winning engagement at the Prague Fringe Festival (May 2014 winner the Performance Award and the Creative Award) the play returns to the U.S. for a run at the Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, Massachusetts; June 18-July 6. The touring life of this play marks a new level of international exchange in PlayCo's pioneering mission to support a global approach to contemporary theatre.
Barrington Stage Company presents Working on a Special Day June 18-July 6 on the St. Germain Stage at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street, Pittsfield, MA). For tickets and more information, visit: http://barringtonstageco.org/ai1ec_event/working-on-a-special-day/i. The BSC box office is available by phone at (413) 236-8888 or (855) 749-2272.
"It is such a joy for us to share this play with audiences around the world. The show won a Peace Foundation Award in Adelaide, which recognizes artists who promote human rights and social justice through their work. That is so meaningful to all of us. This is a U.S./Mexico collaboration on a play from Italy - a truly international affair - and it's so beautiful to see it resonate with people in many countries. We're absolutely delighted that Barrington Stage has chosen to present the show this summer."
Inspired by Ettore Scola's Oscar-nominated story from stage and screen, Working on A Special Day explores the life-changing encounter between an overworked housewife and a mysterious bachelor on May 8, 1938-the day Rome celebrates Hitler's visit to Mussolini's Italy. A bittersweet drama unfolds within the charged political landscape of rising fascism in Rome. Performed in English by Mexican actors Ana Graham and Antonio Vega in a singular performance style, the actors employ simple props to create an intimate human story that unfolds while a charged political landscape of rising fascism stirs outside their apartment windows.
Working On A Special Day was first produced in the United States by The Play Company and Por Piedad Teatro at 59E59 Theaters in New York City. A prior workshop production was produced by The Play Company and Por Piedad Teatro at The Flea Theater in New York City. Adapted by Gigliola Fantoni. Translated by Danya Taymor, Ana Graham and Antonio Vega. Directed by and Starring Ana Graham and Antonio Vega.
About The Play Company (PlayCo)
The Play Company is an OBIE Award-winning Off Broadway theater production company. Now in its fourteenth season, PlayCo has produced 23 new plays from the United States, Germany, Russia, Romania, Poland, Sweden, Japan, India, Mexico, France, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and England. PlayCo develops and produces adventurous new plays from the U.S. and around the world, advancing a dynamic global experience of contemporary theater and expanding the American theater repertoire.
As the only New York company regularly producing outstanding contemporary plays from around the world alongside new American work, PlayCo's distinctive international programming links American theatre with world theater, American artists with the global creative community, and American audiences with a whole world of plays.
About Por Piedad Teatro
Por Piedad Teatro is a theatre company with its roots in Mexico City. With a production history of more than 10 years, Por Piedad Teatro's past productions in Mexico include The Golden Dragon by Roland Schimmelpfennig (Germany); Playing The Victim by Oleg and Vladimir Presnyakov (Russia); Ladies And Gents by Paul Walker (Ireland); Psychosis 4.58, Crave and Blasted by Sarah Kane (UK); The Country by Martin Crimp (UK); Some Explicit Polaroids by Mark Ravenhill (UK); Grace And Glory by Tom Ziegler (US); A Business Woman by José Enrique Gorlero (Argentina); and Interiors by Woody Allen (US). Pursuing the dialogue between the two cultures, Mexican and American, so close to one another and yet so different, Por Piedad Teatro is committed to theatre of the highest quality, seeking to create a bridge of mutual collaboration, generating links at every level, joining forces with the most talented theatre professionals from both countries by opening lines of communication that allow for mutual understanding.
About Barrington Stage Company
A professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, BSC was co-founded in 1995 by Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage's mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre-especially young people.