New Plays by Stephen Adly Guirgis, John Patrick Shanley and More Set for Labyrinth Theater's Fall 2012 Barn Series
LAByrinth Theater Company, the award-winning, downtown ensemble has announced their Fall lineup of free play readings for the 13th Annual Barn Series, to be held at the Bank Street Theater in Manhattan's West Village throughout the Company's 2012/13 Season.
Labyrinth Co-Artistic Director Stephen Adly Guirgis, Company Members Lyle Kessler and John Patrick Shanley, as well as acclaimed actress and playwright Halley Feiffer, will all present new work as a part of the exciting second step of Labyrinth's unique play development process.
Free, and open to the public, the Barn Series provides Labyrinth playwrights the vital opportunity to hear their latest works out loud and in front of an audience while still being deeply engaged in the delicate process of shaping and refining these dynamic new plays.
Tickets are released on first-come, first-served basis one hour before each reading. Labyrinth's Labpass holders can make advanced reservations by calling the box office at (212) 513-1080. To find out how to become a Labpass holder, please visit labtheater.org/upclose.
BARN SERIES SCHEDULE
I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard
By Halley Feiffer
Ella is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father proud -- that is, aside from getting famous herself. When Ella's father finally hurts her so badly that she refuses to crawl back to him, she flings herself into the arms of a brilliant young director with whom she begins to collaborate on a one-woman show… about her father.
September 14 – 15, 2012
The Great Divide
By Lyle Kessler
A father and two sons struggle for emotional dominance in this black comedy of love and violence in Fishtown, Philadelphia. Two Invaders disrupt the family dynamic and life is changed forever.
October 14 – 15, 2012
A New Play
By Stephen Adly Guirgis
A work in progress.
November 19, 2012
7:00 PM and 9:00 PM
Women Of The World
By John Patrick Shanley
A pinwheel of one-act plays.
December 10 – 11, 2012
Halley Feiffer is a New York-based playwright and actress. Her plays include How To Make Friends And Then Kill Them, Sidney & Laura, and I'm Gonna Pray For You So Hard. Her plays have been produced or developed by The Cherry Lane Theatre (Young Playwrights' Festival XXII), Second Stage Theatre, The New Group, The Rattlestick Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, The LARK, The Orchard Project, The Berkshire Theatre Group, and LAByrinth Theater Company. Her work has been published by Vintage Books. She is an alumna of terraNOVA's Groundbreakers Playwrights' Group, and has been a Semifinalist for the P73 Playwriting Fellowship, the Eugene O'Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Princess Grace Award, a finalist for the Leah Ryan Prize, a two-time nominee for the Cherry Lane Mentor Project, and a winner of the Young Playwright's Competition. She co-wrote, produced and stars in the upcoming film "He's Way More Famous Than You," directed by Michael Urie. As an actress, Halley's credits include the recent Signature Theatre production of Kenneth Lonergan's Medieval Play, the Broadway revival of John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (Theatre World Award), Kim Rosenstock's Tigers Be Still at the Roundabout (Drama League Nomination), HBO's "MildrEd Pierce" and "Bored To Death," and the films The Squid and the Whale, Margot at the Wedding, Gentlemen Broncos, and others. She holds a BA from Wesleyan University.
Stephen Adly Guirgis is a Co-Artistic Director and proud Member of LAByrinth Theater Company. His plays have been performed on five continents and throughout the United States. Jesus Hopped The A Train, Our Lady of 121st Street, In Arabia, We'd All Be Kings, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot and The Little Flower of East Orange were all produced by Labyrinth and directed by Philip Seymour Hoffman. Judas and Little Flower were co-productions with The Public Theater, and his Tony- Nominated Broadway debut The Motherf**ker With The Hat, directed by Anna D. Shapiro, was a co- production between Labyrinth, The Public Theater, and Scott Rudin. Other plays include Den of Thieves (Labyrinth, dir. Max Daniels), Race Religion Politics (Labyrinth, dir. Charles Goforth), Dominica: The Fat Ugly Ho (EST Marathon, dir. Adam Rapp). UK and regional premieres at the Donmar Warehouse (Olivier Nom.), the Almeida (dir. Rupert Goold), the Arts, the Hampstead, Edinburgh (Fringe First Award) and two Midwest premieres at Steppenwolf. New Dramatists alumnus, MCC Playwrights and Ojai Playwrights member. TV writing credits include NBC's "UC: Undercover," David Milch's CBS Drama "Big Apple," "NYPD Blue," and "The Sopranos."
Lyle Kessler is the author of Orphans, which has been an international success in almost every country in the world since its Steppenwolf Theater Production in Chicago and New York. Albert Finney starred in London's West End production. Orphans will be produced on Broadway in March, 2013 starring Alec Baldwin. Collision will premiere at the Rattlestick Theater in January, 2013. Other plays include The Watering Place, Possession, Robbers and Unlisted. His films include Orphans, Gladiator, The Saint of Fort Washington and Touched, which he co-starred in. Mr. Kessler studied acting with Lee Strasberg. He served as the Director of the Sundance Screenwriter's Lab. He and Mark Rydell co moderated the Playwright/Directors Unit of The Actors Studio West before Mr. Kessler moved back to New York this past year with his wife, actress Margaret Ladd.
John Patrick Shanley is the 2005 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning author of Doubt, which he adapted into a feature film with Amy Adams, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Meryl Streep. The film received five Academy nominations, including Best Screenplay. He is a Company Member of LAByrinth Theater Company, where his plays Dirty Story, Where's My Money?, Sailor's Song and A Winter Party premiered. Other plays include Storefront Church, Defiance, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, Savage in Limbo, the dreamer examines his pillow, Italian American Reconciliation and Beggars in the House of Plenty. As a screenwriter, he has eight movies to his credit, including Moonstruck, for which he received both the Writer's Guild Award and the Oscar. Other films include Five Corners (Special jury prize, Barcelona Film Festival) Live From Baghdad for HBO (Emmy nomination), Alive, The January Man, and Joe Versus the Volcano, which he also directed.
LAByrinth Theater Company (Stephen Adly Guirgis, Mimi O'Donnell, Yul Vázquez, Artistic Directors; Danny Feldman, Managing Director) is a diverse, award-winning ensemble of artists who have changed the face of American theater through groundbreaking productions of provocative new plays. Founded in 1992 by a group of actors who wanted to push their artistic limits and tell new, more inclusive stories that expanded the boundaries of mainstream theater, Labyrinth has grown into a nationally renowned company of actors, directors, playwrights and designers from a wide array of cultural perspectives. Over the past 20 years, Labyrinth has developed hundreds of original works and premiered 57 new American plays here in New York including Guinea Pig Solo, Jack Goes Boating, Jesus Hopped The A Train, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Our Lady of 121st Street, Sailor's Song, Sistah Supreme, and the Company's multi-Tony nominated Broadway debut, The Motherf**ker With The Hat.
For additional information on our 2012/13 Season, visit the website at www.labtheater.org/upclose.