PRELUDE Festival to Feature Works by Eno, Mee, Etc.

Martin E. Segal Theatre Center and The Graduate Center, CUNY, with The Lucille Lortel Foundation, will present "PRELUDE '06: At the Forefront of Contemporary NYC Theatre." The four-day event runs Wednesday, September 27 through Saturday, September 30, 2006.

The 4th annual PRELUDE festival and symposium is designed for "celebrating and discussing the very best of new and unconventional theatre being created by NYC-based theatre artists and companies," according to press notes.

Participants include: Mallory Catlett, Cynthia Hopkins, Collapsible Giraffe, Will Eno, Charles Mee, Jason Grote, BAiT at P.S. 122 with Theatre of the Two-Headed Calf, Jay Scheib, and Juan Carlos Souki, Dean Moss, TENT, Nick Flynn, Target Margin, Thomas Bradshaw, Joyce Cho, Taylor Mac, Carl Hancock Rux, Mabou Mines, Jenny Schwartz, and 13P.

"Some of New York's most distinctive contemporary theatre artists and companies are set to participate in PRELUDE '06: At the Forefront of Contemporary NYC Theatre. The fourth annual PRELUDE festival and symposium featuring performances, readings, studio presentations and open rehearsals with a focus on works in progress for the 2006-2007 season and beyond. PRELUDE '06 gives audiences the rare chance to see the upcoming work of New York's most exciting theatre in one place and to experience the developmental process of the city's best contemporary theatre artists and companies. All performances and presentations will be followed by informal talk-backs with the artists."

The four-day event begins on Wednesday, September 27th with the panel discussion "Theatre and the City," looking at how NYC reflects and refracts the work made here. The festival concludes Saturday, September 30th with a benefit Saturday Night Club Concert at a location to be announced.

All events are free on a first-come, first-served basis at the Martin E. Segal Theatre at The Graduate Center, CUNY (365 5th Avenue, between 34th and 35th Streets). $5 per performance guarantees you a seat. For a complete schedule and ticketing information visit The schedule of events follows:

Wednesday, September 27:
6:30 p.m. Segal Theatre
Speakers TBA, Reception to follow
Plus: CURATORS/NYC: speakers to include: Andrew Dinwiddie (Catch Series/ Galapagos), Brooke O'Harra and The Theatre of the Two Headed Calf (Salon), and Risa Shoup (Chashama), chaired by Jeff Jones (Little Theatre at Tonic) -- looking at innovative curatorial models emerging in NYC.
Thursday, September 28:
4 p.m. Elebash Hall
Kenn Watt directs a work-in-progress segment from Charles Mee. Jr's new script GONE premiering in Spring 2007.
4 p.m. Segal Theatre
Developed with Members of The Civilians and Brooke Berman
THE DIVORCE PROJECT: Members of The Civilians present excerpts from a new piece exploring acts and aftermaths of Divorce through first hand accounts and a 1930's-esque romantic comedy written by Brooke Berman. Anne Kauffman directs.
6 p.m. Segal Theatre
Dean Moss talks about past projects and performs in-progress elements from a new dance/video work.
6 p.m. Elebash Hall
Thomas Bradshaw presents a reading of his newest play PURITY, premiering at P.S. 122 in January 2007, directed by Yehuda Duenyas; www.P.S.
8 p.m. Segal Theatre
Carl Hancock Rux brings a short reading from his new work MYCENAEAN, premiering at BAM's Harvey Theater, October 10-14;;
8 p.m. Elebash Hall
Jenny Schwartz presents a staged reading of her newest play, SOMEWHERE FUN, directed by Ken Rus Schmoll.
Friday, September 29:
2 p.m. Segal Theatre
The Little Bit O' Shipwreck, Or: Appendix A to The Addendum to The Encyclopedia of Limits. TENT makes a short excerpt from: YOUR SHIPWRECK IS NO DISASTER. Followed by a tea party;
4 p.m. Segal Theatre
Joyce Cho (Scott Adkins, Kelly Copper, Sibyl Kempson, Karinne Keithly, and Amber Reed) present THE GRAND KINDNESS by Amber Reed.;
6 p.m. Segal Theatre
Mallory Catlett/Juggernaut Theatre Co. presents excerpted readings, songs & projections from OH WHATWAR, that re-imagines Joan Littlewood's OH WHAT A LOVELY WAR;
8 p.m. Elebash Hall
Cynthia Hopkins plays songs from her new work-in-progress MUST DON'T WHIP 'UM (a prequel/sequel to her operetta ACCIDENTAL NOSTALGIA), premiering at St. Ann's Warehouse in January 2007;
8 p.m. Segal Theatre
Mabou Mines presents a short excerpt from LUCIA CHAPTERS, conceived and directed by Sharon Fogarty, with Ruth Malezcech as James Joyce's daughter Lucia;
Saturday, September 30:
12 noon Segal Theatre
ExPgirl presents an excerpt from their newest creation, 10 PLATES, a multi cultural exploration of the culture of fear from the personal perspectives of four female performers, using urban myths, horror stories, and food;
2 p.m. Segal Theatre
Will Eno presents a reading of several scenes of a new untitled play.
4 p.m. Elebash Hall
Nick Flynn brings a reading of his new play ALICE INVENTS A LITTLE GAME AND ALICE ALWAYS WINS. Presented in association with Ridge Theatre, Bob McGrath directs.
4 p.m. Segal Theatre
Jason Grote presents a staged reading of his Lacanian autobiography, HAMILTON TOWNSHIP (BASED ON A TRUE STORY), directed by Sarah Benson;
6 p.m. Elebash Hall
Brooke O'Harra & The Theatre of a Two-Headed Calf in PANIC by Rafael Spregelburd, and Ex-Antwone by Federico León directed by Juan Souki.
6.p.m. Segal Theatre
Collapsable Giraffe bring in progress rehearsal sketches from their newest work;
8 p.m. Elebash Hall
WOMEN DREAMT HORSES by Daniel Veronese, directed by Jay Scheib; and A KINGDOM, A COUNTRY OR A WASTELAND, IN THE SNOW by Lola Arias, directed by Yana Ross
BaiT: Buenos Aires in Translation is an international theatrical collaboration bringing together four of the most dynamic playwrights from Buenos Aires, Argentina with four U.S.-based directors to present a repertory program of English language world premieres in the fall in Performance Space 122; www.P.S.
10 p.m. Location TBA; With NTUSA's Vintage DJ Jonathan Jabocs, and his dancers and Taylor Mac singing songs.

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