Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company Presents FRESH MEAT: PRIME CUTS FROM NYC PLAYWRIGHTS, 11/11-26
Playhouse Creatures proudly offers four one act plays that offer a bent view on our universal struggle to connect. Featuring new plays by accomplished and up and coming NYC playwrights: Jerrod Bogard (Top-Load), Thomas Dane (Scrambled), Robin Rice Lichtig+ (HAPPIWY EVER AFTER) and Cassandra Lewis+ (Marked).
+denotes member of the Dramatists Guild.
In Top-Load, Jerrod Bogard (whose play, Supernova in Reseda, starring Tony winner Tonya Pinkins received a rave review from the New York Times) shows us an ex-lover teaching a lesson in loyalty. Drug addiction, betrayal, and chemisty combine to make an explosive reunion. Thomas Dane's Scrambled (semi-finalist in Manhattan Repertory Theatre's annual 2011 One Act Competition) is a thought provoking study in how political and ideological extremism can tear apart a community. Cassandra Lewis' multi-award winning play, Marked, is a heartbreaking dark comedy about a woman with mental illness doing the best she can and her son who is trying to save her. Marked explores the connection between love, insanity, and social responsibility. HAPPIWY EVER AFTER by Robin Rice Lichtig (award winning playwright) is a cheeky take on fairy tale romance. Doubts can arise when Prince Charming isn't everything you thought he'd be...
Jonathan Leaf of EDGE NYC calls Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company: "..one of the best young Theatre Companies to pop up in New York in recent seasons". Fresh Meat is sure to continue to entice audiences with such a provocative line up of passionate new plays. Director of Scrambled and Top-Load, Kenny Wade Marshall, says:
"I think audiences will be pleasantly surprised at not only the quality of the material but the variety of the work they'll see in one evening at The Drilling Company. Whether it's the love of two men that turns frighteningly savage in Jerrod Bogard'sTop Load or a modern day witch hunt in our school system in Thomas Dane's Scrambled, the common theme of these shorts is human disconnection. While some plays are bordering on horror and drama other pieces are whimsical. There is even some delicious black comedy in store. It's a theatrical roller coaster ride.
Equally thrilling is the design of Fresh Meat. All stage lighting will be practical coupled with scenic back projections designed by Justin Dodd that will psychologically immerse the audience into the world of each play."
Directors Kenny Wade Marshall* and Karen Heimbaugh Curtis (former Artistic Director of Unhinged Productions, Houston's premiere GLBT theatre) have assembled quite a dynamic cast: Meghan Duffy*, Thomas Dane*, Emily Dahlke, Joshua James*, William Webber and Janie Martinez. Scene and graphic design are by Justin Dodd, with costume design by Sabrina Kahn. The production stage manager is Angelica Moreno.
*Denotes Member of Actors Equity Association.
Dates & Times:
New York, NY-November 11,12,18,19,25,26
Shows run Mondays and Tuesdays, 7:30 PM, at The Drilling CompaNY (236 West 78th Street, 1 block from the 1 train at 79th St. & Broadway, 3rd floor).
Tickets are $18, available at the door and www.smarttix.com
Running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.
ABOUT THE COMPANY:
Playhouse Creatures mission is to pursue and explore themes of love and passion, in all its myriad forms through classical, contemporary, and new works. We are committed to working with a diverse group of artists and creating theatre that is affordable and accessible to everyone.
Playhouse Creatures Theatre Company debuted in June 2010 with Six by Tenn: six rare short plays by Tennessee Williams. The Company has since successfully produced The Libertine at The Kirk on Theatre Row as well as a co-production of the Boston premiere of The Libertine with Bridge Repertory of Boston. Other productions include:Page2Stage New Play Festival, Love Song, numerous play readings, a Tennessee Williams Festival, and a successful Youth Outreach program: Little Creatures Act Out. December 2-8th, PCTC will host their first annual "Comedy Week." A homage to all forms of comic expression including stand-up and sketch, it culminates with four performances of Betsy Salkind's one-woman show.