GraceNotes Presents AT THE CORNER OF FAITH AND REASON, Opens May 28

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GraceNotes Presents AT THE CORNER OF FAITH AND REASON, Opens May 28

3GRACES THEATER CO., Elizabeth Bunnell, and Annie McGovern (Co-Artistic Directors), are pleased to announce GraceNotes presents At the Corner of Faith and Reason two World Premiere One-Acts commissioned by 3Graces about faith; Craig Pospisil?s Dissonance directed by Jim Elliot and Sharyn Rothstein?s Parent Teacher directed by Kel Haney. The play is running in rep with 10th Anniversary Production of AS IT IS IN HEAVEN by Arlene Hutton (The Nibroc Trilogy, Running), directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser (The Countess). Performances begin Tuesday May 24 and continue through Saturday, June 11. Opening Night is Saturday, May 28 (3 p.m.).

Dissonance
by Craig Pospisil
directed by Jim Elliot
starring Deborah Jean Morgan* and William Peden*

Tricia returns to the Berkshires to deal with her mother's death after a battle with Alzheimer?s. At the funeral home she collides with Fitz, a prodigy and former piano student of her mother's, with secrets of his own, who challenges her loyalty and choices.

Parent Teacher
by Sharyn Rothstein
directed by Kel Haney
starring Suzanne Barbetta* and Cherelle Cargill*

Lately, Keisha?s 14 year-old daughter has been wearing some pretty skimpy clothing to school. Her English teacher, Mrs. Ayoubi, a Muslim American who chooses to cover her hair, does not approve. A parent-teacher conference goes awry in this funny one-act about religion, public school and the politics of fashion.

GraceNotes is 3Graces Theater Co.?s forum for new and experimental works and is designed to support each stage of a play?s development - from first reading aloud, NewPlaysOutLoud, to mini-workshops and staged readings, Sips&Scripts, studio workshop performances and more fully realized productions. In the Fall 2009, 3Graces commissioned playwrights Sharyn Rothstein and Patrick Link to each write a one-act for 3Graces' ensemble about healthcare, resulting in GraceNotes presents Prescription Strength Theater. Previous GraceNotes productions include The Lower East Side Project by Karen Sommers & Kayla Cagan, Neglect by Sharyn Rothstein, Your Basic American Monday by L.E. McCullough and Spring Shorts 1 & 2. Sips&Scripts presentations have included Vacuum by Arlene Hutton, Dismissal by Patrick Link, The Extreme-O Sisters of Butte Montana by Sharyn Rothstein, Great Eastern by Anna Moench, to the Odd Ya See by Sarah Van Beckum. During the past 4 years, 6 short plays developed and presented as 3Graces? GraceNotes productions have been accepted into The Samuel French Original Short Play Festival, two of which were Critics? Choice Finalists.

Jennifer Marie Russo* is the stage manager.
*performing courtesy of Actor?s Equity Association. AEA Approved Showcase.

AT THE CORNER OF FAITH & REASON plays the following schedule through June, 11:

Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Saturdays at 3 p.m. (Saturday 6/4 is at 7 p.m. instead)

Tickets are $18 and are now available online at www.telecharge.com or by calling (212) 239-6200. Tickets may also be purchased in-person at the theater box office ½ hour prior to performance.

Running Time: 50 minutes, no intermission

Website: threegracestheater.org

BIOGRAPHIES


JIM ELLIOTT (Director) Director, producer, screenwriter. Directing credits include Three Graces Theatre Co (Bang Day, The River). ABC-TV Diversity Showcase, off-off-Broadway, and regional theatres and colleges around the country. Resident Director at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Was Producing Director for Urban Empire where he helped premiere Evolution by Jonathan Marc Sherman. Founder of Cricket Pictures and co-producer of two films. Screenwriter and director of the award-nominated short film.

KEL HANEY (Director) has directed and developed new work at Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Dramatists, New Georges, Ars Nova, The Directors Company, 52nd Street Project, Ma-Yi Theatre Company, Youngblood, Vampire Cowboys, Red Fern Theatre Company, Emerging Artists Theatre, Despina & Company, NY Fringe Festival and Westport Country Playhouse. Kel has held assistantships with Dough Hughes, Lynne Meadow, JoAnne Woodward & Charlotte Moore, among others, and served as a member of Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre Director in Residence, a Jonathan Alper Directing Fellowship at Manhattan Theatre Club, and is currently participating in the 2011 Old Vic?s TS Eliot US/UK Exchange.

Craig Pospisil (Playwright) is the award-winning author of Months on End, which premiered at Jeff Daniels? Purple Rose Theater Company, Somewhere in Between, Life is Short and the collection Choosing Sides, all published by Dramatists Play Service. He also wrote the book for the musicals Drift and Dot Comet. His latest play The Dunes will be produced June 2 ? 26 by the Gallery Players in Brooklyn. Craig was head writer for the Atrainplays, and of his 16 Atrainplays: It?s Not You, Tourist Attraction and The Best Way to Go are published by Playscripts. His plays have been seen at EST, New World Stages, Bay Street Theatre and NYMF, performed on four continents and translated into Chinese, Danish and French. Dissonance is dedicated to my father. www.CraigPospisil.com

SHARYN ROTHSTEIN?S (Playwright) full-length and one-act plays have been produced and workshopped in New York and around the country by companies such as The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, New Georges, 3Graces Theater Co., Bay Area Playwrights Foundation, The Vital Theatre and Soho Think Tank. Sharyn holds an MFA in dramatic writing from New York University?s Tisch School of the Arts. Her newest full-length play The Invested, which will be produced in New York, in 2011, was a finalist in the SheWRITES New Play Competition at Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta. Sharyn is also a member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre?s collective for emerging playwrights under the age of thirty, as well as the 2011-2012 ArsNova Playgroup.

3GRACES THEATER CO. is a producing ensemble company founded in 2004 with a commitment to theatrically explore universal stories from a woman?s perspective by immersing the ensemble and audience in the world of socially and historically relevant plays. Programming includes MainStage productions, GraceNotes Studio Productions and Plays2Go theater outreach. 3Graces has produced 12 World Premieres, 10 New York Premieres, received 2 Critics? Choice Awards from the Samuel French Short Play Festival, and awarded its first play commission in 2008. In 2007, the League of Professional Theatre Women awarded 3Graces Theater Co. the Lucille Lortel Award for Emerging Theater Artists.

 

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