Glaspell Award-Winning HITLER'S TASTERS Makes NYC Premiere With New Light Theater Project
New Light Theater Project is thrilled to present the New York premiere of HITLER'S TASTERS written by Michelle Kholos Brooks and directed by Sarah Norris. HITLER'S TASTERS begins performances on Friday, October 5 for a limited engagement through Saturday, October 27. Press opening is Wednesday, October 10 at 7:30 PM. The performance schedule is Wednesday - Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 3 PM & 7:30 PM, and Sunday at 3 PM. Please note the following schedule adjustments: the Sunday, October 7 performance is at 7 PM and there are added performances on Monday, October 8 and Monday, October 22 at 7:30 PM. Performances are at IRT Theater (154 Christopher Street, between Greenwich & Washington Streets). Tickets are $25. To purchase tickets, visit www.newlighttheaterproject.com.
Three times a day, every day, a group of young women have the opportunity to die for their country. They are Adolph Hitler's food tasters. Using an anachronistic retelling of a historical footnote, and stretching from the World War II era to today's autocracy, HITLER'S TASTERS asks us to consider what girls discuss as they wait to see if they will live through another meal.
Winner of the 2017 Glaspell Award, HITLER'S TASTERS premiered at Centenary Stage Company in Hackettstown, NJ last year, where Jay Lustig, writing for NJArts, called it "entertaining and provocative." Playwright Michelle Kholos Brooks' most recent play, Hostage, just ended a critically acclaimed, sold-out run at the Skylight Theatre in Los Angeles.
The cast of HITLER'S TASTERS features Hallie Griffin, MaryKathryn Kopp, Kaitlin Paige Longoria, and Hannah Mae Sturges.
The all female design team includes An-lin Dauber (scenic design); Christina Tang (lighting design); Ashleigh Poteat (costume design); and Carsen Joenk (sound design). The choreographer is Ashlee Wasmund. The fight choreographer is Frances Ramos. Line produced by Alyssa May Gold. The technical director is ToniAnne DiFilippo. The Production Stage Manager is Lindsey Hurley.
Michelle Kholos Brooks (playwright) is an award-winning playwright with productions staged across the U.S. and Canada. Hostage was selected as a finalist for the 2016/17 Woodward/Newman Drama Award, the Fratti Newman Political Play Contest, and was a 2017 Showcase finalist for the National New Play Network. Hitler's Tasters, won the 2017 Susan Glaspell Award. Kalamazoo, co-written with Kelly Younger, was the winner of the 2014 Riva Shiner Comedy Award, Bloomington Playwright's Project. It has been published by Dramatists Play Service and has been produced across the country. Family Planning made its world premier at the Colony Theatre, Los Angeles and was a finalist for the Riva Shiner Comedy Award. Chair won second place in the 2015 Firehouse Theatre Festival of New American Plays. Other select works for the stage include: Hostage (Skylight Theatre Co. Los Angeles); Hitler's Tasters (Centenary Stage Co., New Jersey; New Light Theatre Project, NY); Two Parents, Two Weddings, Two Years, (Wings Theatre, New York; Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); See How We Are (Laurel Grove Theatre Company, Los Angeles); Love and Other Allergies (Vox Humana Theatre Ensemble, Los Angeles), Peg and Irv (Snapshots, a benefit to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Foundation). Additional staged readings and developmental support of various works by Pacific Resident Theatre, Los Angeles; The Road Theatre Company; Los Angeles; The Boston Court Theatre, Pasadena; Venue 9 Theatre, San Francisco; The Barrow Group, New York; Drama West, Los Angeles; Centenary Stage, New Jersey; Florida Repertory Theatre, Florida; Wordsmyth Theatre, Houston; and the Bay Street Theatre, New York. Publications include Dramatists Play Service, Room literary magazine, and The Daily Beast.
Michelle is a former journalist and producer for public radio programs such as Marketplace and The Savvy Traveler. She earned a B.A. from Emerson College and an M.F.A. in Fiction from Otis College of Art and Design. Memberships include The Dramatists Guild of America, The Playwright's Center and Pacific Resident Theatre. Michelle is also a nonresident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council within the Scowcroft Center on Strategy and Security.
Sarah Norris (director) is the Founding Artistic Director of New Light Theater Project. Her directing work has been seen around the country (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Fresno, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Maine, and Alaska) and around the world (Australia, England, and Ireland). Select NYC: Playwrights Horizons, Theatre Communications Group (TCG), LAByrinth Theater Company, Disney Theatrical Productions, 59E59 Theaters, The Flea Theater, Primitive Grace (Paul Calderon & David Zayas), and The Gallery Players. She has an MFA in Directing from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and a BA in Theatre from the University of Alabama. She is the former Artistic Director of Access Theater (2016-2018) where she launched the Access Theater Residency Program for indie companies and she is a former Associate Producer for the Broadway company, Bisno Productions. She is a proud member of AEA, associate of SDC, and serves on The Artist Co-op Artistic Board. www.SarahNorris.org.
Led by Artistic Director Sarah Norris and Producing Director Michael Aguirre, New Light Theater Project is an ensemble-driven theater company that strives to capture the Little Theater Movement (artistry over commerce; producing new and classic works), supporting independent and emerging artists by providing and promoting growth opportunities through exposure to new audiences. Since 2013, NLTP has mounted over 20 productions that have received critical praise including Best of Theater 2014 (The L Magazine for Picture Ourselves in Latvia), TimeOut NY Critics' Pick (Bubba and Breeders), recipients of the The Flea Theater's Anchor Program, Woodstock Byrdcliffe Residency Fellowship, Chicago Dramatists Grafting Project, and the Access Theater Residency Program. NLTP is a 501(c)3 organization. Follow NLTP on Facebook @New Light Theater Project; Twitter @NewLightTheaterProj; Instagram @NewLightTheaterProject; and NewLightTheaterProject.com.
IRT Theater is a grassroots laboratory for independent theater and performance in New York City, providing space and support to a new generation of artists. Tucked away in the old Archive Building in Greenwich Village, IRT's mission is to build a community of emerging and established artists by creating a home for the development and presentation of new work. Some of the artists we have supported include Young Jean Lee, Reggie Watts, & Mike Daisey. For info visit www.irttheater.org. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Office of Councilmember Corey Johnson and The Nancy Quinn Fund, a project of the Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York(A.R.T./New York).
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