59E59 Theaters Hosts US Premiere of THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, Now thru 5/25
59E59 Theaters will welcome New Perspectives back to Brits Off Broadway with the US premiere of David Rudkin's THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK, directed by Jack McNamara. THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK begins performances tonight, May 1 for a limited engagement through Sunday, May 25. Press opening is Wednesday, May 7 at 7 PM. The performance schedule is Tuesday - Thursday at 7 PM; Friday at 8 PM; Saturday at 2 PM & 8 PM; Sunday at 3 PM & 7 PM. Single tickets are $70 ($49 for 59E59 Members). To purchase tickets, call Ticket Central at (212) 279-4200 or go to www.59e59.org. For more information, visit www.britsoffbroadway.com.
Meet the complicated man behind the movies. An intimate visit with the Master of Suspense during the height of his career, THE LOVESONG OF ALFRED J HITCHCOCK gives audiences a glimpse into the brilliant mind of the iconic film director, introducing the fixations that informed some of his most famous films, including Marnie, Vertigo, Psycho, and Strangers on a Train.
Originally written as an award-winning radio play for the BBC in 1993, "Britain's greatest living dramatic poet" (The Observer) David Rudkin adapts his acclaimed radio script for the stage, creating a compelling portrait of brilliance and obsession.
"The play is a cineaste's delight, with a tissue of references not just to masterpieces such as Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds but to less-loved works like Frenzy and Topaz." (The Guardian) "Engrossing! Martin Miller's performance as Hitchcock is hauntingly brilliant." (The Latest)
The cast features Martin Miller (as Alfred Hitchcock); Roberta Kerr; Tom McHugh; and Anthony Wise.
The design team includes Juliet Shillingford (set and costumes); Azusa Ono (lighting); and Tom Lishman (sound). The Production and Stage Manager is Mandy Ivory-Castile. The AEA Stage Manager is Jess Johnston.
David Rudkin (playwright) is a stage and TV dramatist, screenwriter, opera librettist and translator. He emerged in the 1960's as one of the country's ground-breaking voices, with his visionary play Afore Night Come for the RSC. He has been described by the Observer as "Britain's greatest living dramatic poet." Original stage works include Afore Night Come (first staged 1962, RSC dir. Clifford Williams); The Sons of Light (revised and first staged 1975, Newcastle Playhouse dir. Keith Hack; in further revision, RSC, dir. Ron Daniels); Ashes (first staged in German, Hamburg 1973; in English, London Open Space Theatre, dir. Pam Brighton 1975); The Triumph of Death (first staged 1981, Birmingham Repertory Theatre Studio, dir. Peter Farago); Hansel and Gretel (RSC, dir. Ron Daniels 1978); The Saxon Shore (first staged 1986, Almeida Theatre, dir. Pierre Audi); John Piper in the House of Death (revised and first staged 1991, London Central School of Speech and Drama, dir. Nick Mahon); Will's Way (RSC 1984, dir. Alison Sutcliffe). More recent credits include Red Sun, commissioned for AJTC two-man touring company (dir. Geoff Bullen, first toured 2003); adaptation of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita for National Youth Theatre (dir. John Hoggarth, 2004). Original plays for television include The Stone Dance and Children Playing (both produced by Cecil Clarke, directed by Peter Wood, for H.M.Tennent's Globe Television). For BBC: Wednesday Play series (prod. Irene Shubik, dir. Alan Cooke), House of Character and Blodwen, Home from Rachel's Marriage. For BBC Pebble Mill, Birmingham and produced by David Rose: Penda's Fen (dir. Alan Clarke 1974); Artemis 81 (dir. Alastair Reid 1981). Produced by Carol Parks: White Lady (1986, directed by the author).
Jack McNamara (director) is the Artistic Director of New Perspectives. Previous posts include Director on Attachment at the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton (under the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme) and Assistant Director at the Royal Shakespeare Company. Past productions as director include Exterminating Angel (Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2012); The Word for Snow (Southbank Centre 2012), Malaise Trio (Sprint Festival 2012), Betrayal (2009), The Coast of Mayo (Nuffield Theatre 2008), The Blind (Arcola Theatre 2008), Lucid Dreams for Higher Living (Underbelly 2007) and Valparaiso (Old Red Lion 2006). He most recently directed and adaptation of Saul Bellow's novella Him With His Foot in His Mouth. He has also directed the UK's first stage adaptation of Lars Von Trier's film comedy The Boss of it All at last years' Edinburgh Festival Fringe to wide acclaim.