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3A Productions to Present World Premiere of CARDIFF at The Duplex

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3A Productions presents the world premiere of Cardiff by Leila Philip and Garth Evans at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7the Avenue) January 25 through 28, 2017. Directed by Andrew Resto, Cardiff is based on a true story.

In 1972 in a gritty section of Cardiff, South Wales, on the morning following the installation of his sculpture, British Artist, Garth Evans, recorded the comments of passers-by to this work. When this sculpture was suddenly transported to their neighborhood, residents responded with surprising passion. As they grappled with their encounter with the other, what they actually said provokes us, teaches us and moves us. This play is their words.

Two years ago, Leila Philip, an award-winning writer and Professor of Literature, reviewed the 1972 tape and was excited by the idea of transforming it into a play. She produced a script, and together with Garth Evans, the artist at the heart of the controversy, began working with director Andrew Resto to create Cardiff.

3A Productions has produced the world premieres of All That Might Happen by John Philip and Two Steps Forward by John Philip and Andrew Resto as well as saucy revivals of Sordid Lives and Charles Ludlam's Camille.

Performances of Cardiff run January 25 through 28, Wednesday through Friday at 7:00 pm and Saturday at 4:30 pm and 7:00 pm at The Cabaret Theatre at The Duplex (61 Christopher Street at 7th Avenue; Subway 1 to Christopher Street). The running time is 55 minutes. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. There is a two-drink minimum. Purchase tickets at The Duplex's website:

Garth Evans (Artist/Inspiration) is a British sculptor with an international reputation whose practice is central to the narrative of British sculpture. His work is included in major public collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, Joseph H. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Tate Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia, among others. Evans is the recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and many other awards. In 2013, his sculpture was surveyed in Garth Evans Sculpture: Beneath the Skin published by Philip Wilson, a major monograph which featured essays by prominent art historians and over two hundred and seventy color images of his work. He is the author of The Cardiff Tapes (1972), published by Soberscove Press, 2015. Evans is represented by: Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York City and Richard Saltoun, London.

Leila Philip (Playwright) is the author of four books including The Road Through Miyama, (Random House 1989, Vintage 1991) for which she received the 1990 / PEN Martha Albrand Special Citation for Nonfiction; and the award-winning memoir A Family Place: A Hudson Valley Farm, Three Centuries, Five Wars, One Family (Viking 2001, Vintage 2002, SUNY 2009). Philip has received numerous awards for her writing, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts and The National Endowment for the Humanities. Fluent in Japanese, she writes on Japan as well as about art for a variety of venues including Art Critical and now contributes a monthly column for The Boston Globe.

Previous collaborations by Evans and Philip include Water Rising, published by New Rivers Press in 2015 to critical acclaim, Water Rising has led to further collaborations with composer Shirish Korde and video artist, Siobhan Landry resulting in musical performances (2015-2016) and the video installation, "Environment, Memory & Things," (2016).

Andrew Resto (Director) Shortly after meeting Partner John VN Philip twelve years ago, they formed 3A Productions, collaborating together in original productions and comedy revivals. Hair and make up credits shine bright for him in the recent short indie film "Jam" which has won many awards recently in international sci-fi film festivals. Making his directorial debut in a revival of Sordid Lives three years ago, Andrew expands his wings in the realm of stage direction with the artistic avant-garde of Cardiff production.

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