Marc Wolf's THIS BLESSED PLOT to Play Weston Rod & Gun Club, 8/15-9/1
This Blessed Plot is the latest work by Obie-winning actor/writer Marc Wolf, who plays master builder Robert Moses, Public Theater founder Joe Papp, the Bible's Moses, and a host of other characters in a smart and funny one-man show about the battle for free Shakespeare in New York's Central Park. The show, presented as part of Weston's New Works series, is running at the Weston Rod & Gun Club August 15 - September 1.
Some may have seen Wolf last year in Weston, when he presented portions of his captivating and explosive solo show, Another American: Asking and Telling, which explores America's confrontation with the issue of gays serving in the military. In addition to winning an Obie for this show, it also earned a Drama Desk nomination and an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination. Beyond the appeal of intelligent new work with thoughtful direction and talented acting, is the head-scratching wonder of how one actor can play so many characters so distinctively, and remember so many lines.
This Blessed Plot, co-written by Marc Wolf and RoBert Westfield, explores the relationship of two of the most influential New Yorkers of the mid-twentieth century, Joseph Papp and Robert Moses. Papp rose from the slums of Brooklyn to found the New York Shakespeare Festival and The Public Theatre -- the birthplace of musicals like Hair and A Chorus Line. He is considered one of the most influential producers in the history of American theatre. An outspoken man, Papp believed theatre had the potential to be much more than entertainment. It should be a social force, available to the public.
Robert Moses, born to assimilated German Jewish parents in New Haven, CT, was a visionary engineer and civil servant who shaped New York City through a series of projects including the Triborough Bridge, Jones Beach, the West Side Highway, and the Long Island Expressway. He did appreciate the value of open spaces. In fact, he dramatically expanded New York State parkland and built 658 city playgrounds.
Papp wanted free Shakespeare in Central Park. Moses wanted people to pay for it. A battle ensued, a story unfolds. Come to This Blessed Plot to find out how it all came to pass.
Performances of This Blessed Plot run August 15 - September 1 at the Weston Rod & Gun Club, 982 Route 100, Weston. Tuesdays - Saturdays at 7:30; Saturday matinees at 2:00; Sundays at 3:00. Tickets can be purchased at The Playhouse Box Office, by telephone at (802) 824-5288, or online at westonplayhouse.org.