Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season

By: Jun. 20, 2018

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project), in association with Middlebury College, proudly presents its 32nd repertory season, its 12th consecutive in New York City, running July 10 - August 5, 2018 in a limited Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2, located at 330 West 16th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

This season's line-up includes BRECHT ON BRECHT, a theatrical collage culled from the writings of Bertolt Brecht, assembled from his works by George Tabori, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Jim Petosa, a double bill featuring Howard Barker's THE POSSIBILITIES, a quartet from an evening of parables, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli, and Caryl Churchill's BBC teleplay, THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE, directed by PTP's Co-Artistic Director Cheryl Faraone, and their annual After Dark series. Previews begin on July 10 and openings begin on July 17.

Performances are Tuesdays - Sundays at 7pm, Saturdays - Sundays at 2pm, and select Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Schedule varies - for exact days and times visit Tickets are $37.50, $22.50 for students and seniors and $20 for previews. Purchase online at or by calling 1-866-811-4111. For more info visit, follow on Twitter ( at @ptpnyc, and Like them on Facebook at

BRECHT ON BRECHT begins previews July 11 for a July 18 opening and runs through August 4.

BRECHT ON BRECHT, adapted by George Tabori, celebrates one of the 20th century's greatest dramatists in a stunning revue of his life's work. Featuring songs and scenes from Kurt Weill, Hanns Eisler, and Bertolt Brecht's most famous collaborations, as well as first-hand accounts from Brecht himself, BRECHT ON BRECHT explores the political and social issues the playwright faced as an artist fleeing Nazism for exile in America.

The cast for BRECHT ON BRECHT includes Harrison Bryan, Christine Hamel, Carla Martinez, Jake Murphy, Miguel Castillo, Olivia Christie, Sebastian LaPointe and Ashley Michelle.

The production team for BRECHT ON BRECHT includes Ronnie Romano (Music Director and Pianist), Hallie Zieselman (Set Design), Joe Cabrera (Lighting Design), Annie Ulrich (Costume Design) and Alex Williamson (Production Stage Manager).

The double bill of Howard Barker's THE POSSIBILITIES and Caryl Churchill's THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE begins previews July 10 for a July 17 opening and runs through August 5.

Four short plays explore actions unexplainable by logic or rationality. From the biblical Judith to Czar Alexander to a bookseller who hordes her stock for fear that knowledge may fall into the wrong hands to a woman whose dress is investigated by the state as a provocation to men: these four plays contain all of Howard Barker's signature wit and complexity.

The cast for THE POSSIBILITIES includes Christopher Marshall (PTP: Pity In History, No End of Blame), Marianne Tatum (Broadway: The Three Musketeers & Barnum), Jonathan Tindle (PTP: Pity In History, Scenes from an Execution, No End of Blame), Kathleen Wise (PTP: Pity In History, Vinegar Tom), Adam Milano, Eliza Renner (PTP: Arcadia) and Madeleine Russell.

Told in 66 brief episodic scenes, the plot of THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE follows Selby, a young woman who quits her secretarial job to pursue her passion for 'doing good.' As a charity worker, she earnestly avoids political issues, only to discover the impossibility of this. "There's something political in everything."

The cast for THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE includes Tara Giordano (PTP: Vinegar Tom, Serious Money, Lovesong of the Electric Bear), Christo Grabowski (PTP: Pity In History, No End of Blame, Pentecost), Christopher Marshall, Jonathan Tindle, Lucy Van Atta (PTP: Serious Money, Spatter Pattern), Kathleen Wise, Roxy Adviento, Madeline Ciocci, Noah Liebmiller, Adam Milano, Eliza Renner and Madeleine Russell.

The production team for THE POSSIBILITIES and THE AFTER-DINNER JOKE includes Hallie Zieselman (Set Design), Joe Cabrera (Lighting Design), Annie Ulrich (Costume Design), Cormac Bluestone (Sound Design) and Devin Wein (Production Stage Manager). Animation Projection by Kyle Meredith for The After-Dinner Joke.

This season's After Dark series will focus on the 'temper of the times,' performed and curated by long-time company members. Displacement, the plight of refugees and the exiled, the search for compassion - all link the trio of works. Events take place at The Atlantic Stage 2. Admission is free and reservations are recommended. To RSVP email

The After Dark line-up includes:

A reading of Bryan Reynolds's RAILROAD (Thursday, July 19 at 9:45pm). A play of intense humanity, spiraling into the black hole of the Holocaust. Three families span four generations over two eras.

Howard Barker's PLEVNA: Meditations on Hatred (Thursday - Saturday, July 26 - 28 at 9:45pm). A dramatic poem on the aftermath of the Siege of Plevna, a Turkish town taken by the Russians in 1877. Performed by Alex Draper and directed by Richard Romagnoli.

David Hare's VIA DOLOROSA (Tuesday, July 31 & Friday, August 3 at 9:45pm) deals eloquently, compassionately and feelingly with most of the issues roiling Israel and Palestine. Performed by Jonathan Tindle.

PTP/NYC (Potomac Theatre Project) continues to redefine politically aware theatre for the 21st century by presenting theatrically complex and thought-provoking work of contemporary social and cultural relevance. Howard Barker is one of PTP/NYC's most produced writers, along with Caryl Churchill, Neal Bell, Sarah Kane and David Edgar. The company's writers are provocative, engaging and often confrontational.

PTP was founded in 1987 by the artistic team of Cheryl Faraone, Jim Petosa and Richard Romagnoli who continue to run the company. Alex Draper is Associate Artistic Director. Since moving to New York in 2007, PTP/NYC has produced 25 main stage productions and numerous late evening readings, workshops and experimental theatre pieces in their After Dark series. The company is committed to the training of young actors and designers, enabling them to work with experienced and generous professionals as they serve an apprenticeship and begin their own work in the theatre. PTP/NYC's 2013 New York premiere of Howard Barker's The Castle and 2008 production of Barker's Scenes From An Execution each earned the late Jan Maxwell a Drama Desk Award nomination.

The New York Times says PTP/NYC "stands out amid the summer season's fluff and fringiness as one to turn to for serious work." The Village Voice states, "Every July, PTP/NYC presents a season of serious drama, a powerful burst of counter-programming to New York's summer silliness. Since PTP moved to New York in 2007, its program at Atlantic Stage 2 has become one of the grounding moments of this city's theater scene, with the ensemble focusing on stories of sociopolitical struggle-always thorny epics, always rich with language." Huffington Post says, "Potomac Theatre Project bring intelligent, beautifully directed and performed fare to New York and we are so much luckier for it." One Magazine states, "I can't say enough about the dynamic, brilliant Potomac Theatre Project. Does it make a difference that these actors have known and worked with each other for years, and does that translate to the relationships onstage? Yes, it does. These actors are tremendous."

Cheryl Faraone has been the Producing Artistic Director of PTP/NYC since 1986. Her directing credits in New York include Arcadia, Vinegar Tom, Serious Money, Pentecost, Lovesong of the Electric Bear, Territories, Crave, and The Politics of Passion: the Plays of Anthony Minghella. During PTP's time in DC, she directed work by Caryl Churchill, Tom Stoppard and Shelagh Stephenson, among others.

Jim Petosa has been the Director of the Boston University School of Theatre since 2002. As one of three artistic directors for PTP/NYC, he has directed Good, Spatter Pattern, Therese Raquin, Monster, and Somewhere in the Pacific, among many others, for the company.

Richard Romagnoli is a co-founder and the co-Artistic Director of PTP/NYC. Since 2007, he has directed Howard Barker's Pity In History, No End of Blame, Scenes from an Execution, Gertrude: The Cry, The Castle, Victory, Judith, The Europeans, Gary the Thief and Plevna in New York. During PTP's time in the DC area, he directed Barker's Scenes, A Hard Heart, The Possibilities, The Castle and No End of Blame, along with plays by Harold Pinter, Vaclav Havel, Samuel Beckett and Edward Albee.

The Atlantic Stage 2 is accessible from the A, C, E, L trains to 14 St./8 Ave. or the 1, 2, 3 trains to 14 St.

Photo Credit: Andrew Brilliant/Brilliant Pictures and Stan Barouh

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Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season
CarlA Martinez, Jake Murphy

Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season
CarlA Martinez, Jake Murphy

Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season
CarlA Martinez, Jake Murphy

Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season
Christine Hamel, CarlA Martinez, Jake Murphy

Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season
Alex Draper

Photo Flash: Potomac Theatre Project's 32nd Repertory Season
Tara Giordano