Obie Winner Calderon Premieres MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS
Primitive Grace Theater Ensemble will present the World Premiere of MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS written and directed by Obie Award winner and SAG Award nominee Paul Calderon (The Bad Lieutenant, Boardwalk Empire). Previews begin January 16th at The Bridge Theater. Opening is slated for Wednesday, January 23rd.
When Yolanda stops by her ex-husband Cornbread's house to drop of his medication, she discovers that he has a stranger tied up to a chair in his living room at gunpoint and is threatening to crucify him. Things get even more complicated when Yolanda turns to Cornbread's estranged brother, who is also an Iraqi combat vet suffering from PTSD,for help. MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS is a drama about mental health and who we turn to for help when no one else will.
TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that this production features nudity, racist language and graphic violence in a very intimate setting
MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS stars Obi Abili (The Emperor Jones at Irish Rep), Nixon Cesar (Mother Courage at The Public Theater, Nat Turner at National Black Theatre), and Sarah Kate Jackson (God's Waiting Room, A Hard Wall at High Speed). The production team includes Catherine Calderon, Rich Devaney, and Evan Louison (stage manager).
Paul Calderonhas worked with such film luminaries as directors Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Spike Lee, Martin Scorcese, Abel Ferrara, and Sidney Lumet; and actors Robert Redford, Al Pacino, George Clooney, Jesse Eisenberg, Christopher Walken, and Steve Buscemi. In 2014 Paul was nominated for a SAG Award for Best Ensemble for HBO's Boardwalk Empire. In 2016, he could be seen in AMC's Fear the Walking Dead; Amazon's Bosch, NBC's The Blacklist; and CBS' Madam Secretary. He received an Obie Award for his performance in Blade to the Heat at The Public Theater. His stage appearances include Cuba & His Teddy Bear on Broadway opposite Robert DeNiro, Troilus & Cressida at the Delacorte in Central Park, and Two Sisters and a Piano (all at The Public Theater); Heart of Darkness; Richard the Second; and Last Breeze of Summer, among others. Paul co-wrote the cult classic The Bad Lieutenant, starring Harvey Keitel. He has also co-produced several indie films. He is a co-founder of LAByrinth Theater Company where he directed productions starring the likes of Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Rockwell, and Stephen Adly Guirgis. As a writer, he has had various short stories published in literary magazines including the Sonora Review and Noir Nation. He is an Adjunct Professor at NYU Tisch's Graduate Film Program. For more on his work visit www.paulcalderon.net
MASTER OF THE CROSSROADS runs January 16 - February 9, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm. The Bridge Theater is located at Shetler Studios, 244 West 54th Street between 7th & 8th Aves -- accessible from the C, E & 1trains at 50th Street. Tickets are $18 at BrownPaperTickets.com. For more information visit www.PrimitiveGrace.org.