Michael Potts & More to Lead Reading of New Michael Raver Play RIPTIDE
Paul Barnes, co-founder and former producing and artistic director of Minnesota's Great River Shakespeare Festival, directs a free reading of Michael Raver's new play Riptide October. 10th at Manhattan Theatre Club's Creative Center (Studio 3) in Manhattan.
"Riptide is characterized by Michael Raver's remarkable gift for writing dialogue that sounds like what real people actually say," says Barnes. "That, plus Michael's natural intuition, devilish wit, and understanding of the human heart make his plays a pleasure to direct."
Performing the reading are Obie winner Michael Potts (True Detective, The Book of Mormon), Mark H. Dold (Freud's Last Session), James Lloyd Reynolds (Goodspeed's La Cage aux Folles) and Michael Raver (How We Built the Bomb) with stage directions read by Kurt Hellerich.
It's Labor Day weekend and George (Reynolds) and Nathan (Potts) have just purchased their first home together, a house in Fire Island Pines. Their celebratory weekend is halted when George's ex-, the brilliant and handsome Daniel (Dold) appears on the beach. Old wounds are opened and sexual boundaries are pushed to the limit as Bash (Raver), Daniel's new young love interest, shows up, challenging everyone to question their relationships, as well as their own definition of what love -- and commitment -- is.
Actor/Director/Playwright Austin Pendleton says this about the play: "I think Riptide is a terrific play. It's humorously and heart-breakingly about relationships, it's utterly contemporary and yet seems timeless and universal at the same time."
Raver's adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray was produced by Sonnet Repertory Theatre at the Signature Theatre Center in 2012, and a reading of his pre-WWII adaptation of Chekhov's The Seagull was seen at the Pearl Theatre Company. His play, Fire on Babylon, was nominated for The Robert Chesley/Victor Bumbalo Foundation Award for Playwriting, as well as being named a semifinalist for The O'Neill Conference in 2015. He is also a judge for the Ferro-Grumley Award for LGBT Fiction and regularly contributes cultural arts journalism for Classical TV.
Paul Mason Barnes is an award winning director whose work has been seen at major regional theaters and festivals, and at leading training programs across across the country. The founder of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre and the Great River Shakespeare Festival, Barnes has been Conservatory Director/Associate Artistic Director at PCPA Theaterfest and Education Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, where he makes his home. Current/recent directing assignments include Of Mice and Men (Clarence Brown Theatre), Peter Pan (Syracuse Stage), A Midsummer Night's Dream (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), and The Glass Menagerie (Great River Shakespeare Festival).