Rising Phoenix Rep to Present BARN, 3/23-4/10
After the critical success of its most recent Off-Broadway production, the Lucille Lortel Award winning All the Rage by Martin Moran (produced with piece by piece productions and The Barrow Group), acclaimed company Rising Phoenix Repertory returns to its longtime downtown home with the world premiere of Barn by Charlotte Miller, directed by Michael Padden. The play will be staged for eleven performances only at the Seventh Street Small Stage, where the company has produced new plays site-specifically for eight years in addition to more than 25 fully produced new plays in its lauded Cino Nights series. The production will run from March 23 - April 10, 2014, and features Brian Miskell, Laura Ramadei, and Sanford Wilson.
The play will be staged in the moody and extremely intimate close quarters in the basement space of downtown restaurant Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village. In the play, three friends travel upstate for some rest and relaxation, but as the underpinnings of their relationships fly apart, they find themselves wound more tightly than when they arrived.
Barn runs for eleven performances only, from March 23 - April 10 at the Seventh Street Small Stage, 43 East 7th Street. All performances will be at at 7 p.m., except for a 9 p.m. show on March 24th. Running time is approximately one hour. Tickets are $10 and can be paid for with cash only at the door. For reservations please call 212.946.5198; for more information, visit www.risingphoenixrep.org.
Playwright Charlotte Miller's plays have been seen/read with Rising Phoenix Rep, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Labyrinth Theater Company, IAMA Theatre Company, Hudson Stages, The Flea, and Longstocking Productions. She has participated in the People's Light New Play Initiative, PlayPenn Playwrights Conference, Labyrinth's Intensive Ensemble, F#$%ing Good Plays, Serials@the Flea, TheaterJam, Iamafest, Cino Nights, and the New York International Fringe Festival. She is a proud member of Rising Phoenix Rep.
Michael Padden (Director)'s credits include Open (New Georges Wintry Mix Festival), Extinguish Yourself (Communal Spaces), And It Spins Twice (NYC Fringe Festival), Barn (workshop, Jimmy's No. 43), We Pray (Communal Spaces), I Didn't Want a Mastodon (Core Artists Ensemble), Sex and Death in London (Rising Phoenix Rep's Cino Nights), Guns for Gloves (Theatre for a New City's Dream Up Festival).
Brian Miskell was last seen in Alec Silberblatt's Room for One with the Middle Voice Theater Company, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater's production of Stay by Lucy Thurber. Other recent credits include: The Aliens by Annie Baker at The Studio Theatre (Washington, D.C.) and The SF Playhouse (West Coast premiere), Eightythree Down (Horse Trade; NY Innovative Theatre nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role), and Daniel Talbott's AZAK (Encore Theatre Company). Brian is a literary associate at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory. He studied at the Lee Strasberg Institute and graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Laura Ramadei is a founding member of Lesser America, Red Elevator Productions, and The Nola Project. A graduate of Denver School of the Arts and NYU, Tisch, she's performed and worked behind the scenes at The Public Theater, Dixon Place, the Pearl Theater, 59E59, HERE Arts Center, Theater for the New City, Theater 80, Ensemble Studio Theater and with LAByrinth, among others. Select theater performance credits: Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (commercial workshop with Stephen King and John Mellencamp); Exit Carolyn (NYIT nomination); The Year of the Rooster (EST/Youngblood); Cloud Nine (Ambie Award Nomination) and Love's Labors Lost with The Nola Project; Too Little Too Late (HERE Arts - NYIT Nomination) and with Lesser America: Just Right Just Now, Too Much Too Soon, Squealer, and American River. Film: Another Kind, Gasoline, Eagles Are Turning People Into Horses (BriTANick). New Media: Compulsive Love, Laundry Room Girl, Viralcom.
Sanford Wilson's credits include Home Universe (Columbia Thesis Production dir. Knud Adams), We Were There (IRT), Weaving (Access Theater), Barn (workshop/Jimmy's No. 43), Have You Been There (Rising Phoenix Rep's Cino Nights), Much Ado About Nothing (Secret Theater dir. Daniel Talbott), Detention (Primary Stages/ESPA), The How To Plays (State of Play), Lucky Charms (Blowout Theater), Hustle (Box Colony Theater), The Seagull, Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night (Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute Alumni). Sanford is a Literary Associate at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater and a member of TumbleBox Collective.
2007 Caffe Cino Fellowship and New York Innovative Theatre Award winning Rising Phoenix Repertory was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Daniel Talbott, and produces both in the Indie Theatre and Off-Broadway, in traditional spaces and site-specifically around New York City. Recent productions include the Lucille Lortel Award winning Off-Broadway run of All the Rage (co-produced with piece by piece productions and The Barrow Group), and the acclaimed productions of Elective Affinities (co-produced site-specifically with piece by piece and Soho Rep), Slipping (produced with piece by piece and Rattlestick), and Too Much Memory (also with piece by piece), which transferred to the New York Theatre Workshop's Fourth Street Theatre after winning the FringeNYC award for Outstanding Play in 2008. RPR produces an ongoing series called Cino Nights, inspired by Joe Cino and his Caffe Cino-one of the original birthplaces of Off-Off-Broadway theatre-for which the company commissioned over twenty playwrights to write new, full-length plays which are fully produced site-specifically in the intimate back room of East Village restaurant Jimmy's No. 43 on a shoestring budget. The first volume of plays from the series, Cino Nights: Plays from Rising Phoenix Rep, was published by The New York Theatre Experience and is available online at Indie Theater Now, and the second volume is forthcoming in March 2014. Other recent productions include Extraordinary Things, Ceremony, Afterclap, Birthday, and Don't Pet the Zookeeper (Seventh Street Small Stage); 365 Days/365 Plays (Jimmy's No. 43 and The Public Theater); What Happened When (HERE Arts Center); Fall Forward (part of the Sitelines/River to River festival produced by the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council); The Telling Trilogy (including The Ride, 2006 NYIT Award Nominee - Outstanding Original Short Script/Crystal Skillman), Rules of the Universe (Winner, 2007 NYIT Awards for Outstanding Original Short Script/Daniel Reitz and Director/Daniel Talbott), and Three Sisters (Seventh Street Small Stage); Gift by Mark Schultz and Ponies by Mike Batistick (FringeNYC). Rising Phoenix Rep serves as a home base for a company of theatre professionals that encourages an open exchange of work and ideas within the greater theatre community. The company is a proud member of A.R.T./New York, League of Independent Theaters/NY, and The Dish.