DAYLIGHT PRECISION to Run 2/21-3/16 at TNC
WHERE AND WHEN:
February 21 to March 16
Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave. (at East Tenth Street)
Presented by Theater for the New City
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8:00 PM, Sundays at 3:00 PM
$15 gen. Adm., $10 seniors & students. Box office 212-254-1109, www.theaterforthenewcity.net
Runs: 1:50 with intermission. Critics are invited on or after February 21.
Director Alexander Harrington makes his TNC debut with this production. He is the founder and artistic director The Eleventh Hour Theatre Company, for which he has directed "Agamemnon," "The Burial at Thebes," "Henry IV, Parts 1 & 2," "Henry V" and his own adaptation of Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov (Part 2)," all at La MaMa. His Eleventh Hour Theatre productions outside La MaMa have been "Richard II" at HERE and "The Brothers Karamazov, Part 1" at The Culture Project. His first production at La MaMa was the Richmond Lattimore translation of "Agamemnon" in 1997, before he founded Eleventh Hour Theatre. His other directing credits include "Billy Budd," "Twelfth Night," "Much Ado about Nothing" and the premiere of Edward Einhorn's "Linguish." His adaptation of "The Brothers Karamazov" was published in the New York Theatre Experience's anthology "Playing with Canons."
Harrington's play about LynDon Johnson, "The Great Society," premiered last summer at the Clurman Theatre presented by Albert Podell and the York Shakespeare Company. As a scholar and critic, his work has been published in Dissent magazine, First of the Month, Upstart Crow, Shakespeare Criticism, Vol. 89; and Literary Themes for Students: War and Peace. He contributed an essay on political theater to the anthology New Threats to Freedom published by Templeton Press, for which David Mamet and Christopher Hitchens also contributed essays. Harrington was artistic director of the HB Ensemble in 2012.
His productions have been widely praised for their simplicity, resourcefulness, expert acting and clarity of vision. The New Yorker (Liesl Schillinger) deemed his "Brothers Karamazov, Part I" a "gem of a production," adding, "the cast is remarkable." The New York Times (Margo Jefferson) wrote that part II of the adaptation was "resourcefully staged and intelligently dramatized." The New York Post (Donald Lyons) described his "Henry V" as "superb," deeming it "a riveting meditation on the heart of the matter - the simultaneous cruelty and glamour of power." Alexander is the son of Michael Harrington, author of "The Other America."
Pictured: Pat Dwyer as General Haywood Hansell. Behind: projection of American B-17 bombers. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.