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Target Margin Theater Stages UNSEEN O'NEILL Lab with Rarely-Seen Works


As part of its 25th Anniversary Celebration, Target Margin Theater presents the Unseen O'Neill Lab. Lead artists Ann Marie Dorr, Kathleen Kennedy Tobin and Eva von Schweinitz revive some of O'Neill's known but rarely-seen works including Beyond the Horizon, Dynamo, and The Great God Brown.

The Lab will also feature a collaboration with alumni, professors and staff from the City University of New York (CUNY), exploring Marco Millions, with Lead Artists Claire Moodey and Bess Rowen. Plus a theater-making workshop for veterans led by Maurice DeCaul, a panel on adapting O'Neill moderated by dramaturg Amy Jensen, and Durned Queer-a special in-process showing of Mourning Becomes Electra directed by David Herskovits.

The Unseen O'Neill Lab will be presented at The Brick (579 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, NY) from today, December 1, through December 17, 2016, shedding light on yet another dimension of O'Neill's legacy.

The TMT Lab offers smaller, fully-produced productions and has enlisted the talents of over 1,000 theater artists since 1993. At the helm of each production is a Lead Artist-- a director, actor, writer, designer, or puppeteer. TMT curates each season's Lab under an overarching theme, then works with each Lead Artist to find the right source material. From then on they are provided a stipend, budget, artistic resources and, most importantly, the freedom to shape their work.


Beyond the Horizon
by Eugene O'Neill
Lead Artist: Ann Marie Dorr

"Her mind already sinking back into that spent calm beyond the further troubling of any hope" is the final line of O'Neill's horribly well-made, Pulitzer Prize-winning, starry-eyed, naive tragedy with New England home cooking, two brothers, one girl named Ruth, a farm, and whatever the hell is beyond...beyond...beyond the horizon?

December 1st at 7pm
December 2nd at 7pm
December 3rd at 3pm & 7pm
December 4th at 5pm

by Eugene O'Neill
Lead Artist: Kathleen Kennedy Tobin

Who is the more alluring, whose shape more lovely, whose siren song the sweetest: the girl next door? Or a hydroelectric power generator? A play about taking Technology as your God, and breaking your mother's heart.

December 2nd at 10pm
December 4th at 2pm
December 15th at 4pm
December 16th at 10pm

Durned Queer
by Eugene O'Neill
Lead Artist: David Herskovits

When O'Neill writes the perfect American family, it is the Mannons: off-center, twisted, just plain "Durned Queer". Our selection of in-progress work on Mourning Becomes Electra drills into the murky contradictions of an all-American tribe.

December 9th at 4pm
December 10th at 2pm & 5pm

Marco Millions
by Eugene O'Neill
Lead Artists: Claire Moodey and Bess Rowen

A Christian, a Magician, and a Buddhist walk into the desert in the 13th Century. What follows is a satirical exploration of big business, of religion, and love. CUNY students, staff and alumni collaborate with TMT to stage an adaptation of Marco Millions, O'Neill's fictionalized account of the life and travels of Marco Polo. This production is one of the capstone projects of City University of New York's Translation Seminar on Public Engagement and Collaborative Research.

December 8th at 7pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: 365 5th Ave, Manhattan
December 9th at 7pm at the Martin E. Segal Theatre Center: 365 5th Ave, Manhattan
December 11th at 7pm at The Brick

The Great God Brown
by Eugene O'Neill
Lead Artist: Eva von Schweinitz

"I love, thou lovest, he loves, she loves! She loves, she loves - what?"

Yes, what? Can we ever - even in the most intimate relationships - be, and be seen as, our true selves? Dion loves Margaret who only loves him when he's wearing masquerade. Add a jealous best friend and a prostitute savant to a mix of exuberant exclamations and existential punchlines, and soon questions about truth, failure, and identity arise.

December 14th at 7pm
December 15th at 7pm
December 16th at 7pm
December 17th at 3pm & 7pm

Military Veteran Theater Making Workshop
Led by TMT and Maurice DeCaul

The workshop will be structured around the themes of Eugene O'Neill's writing and include the reading and rigorous discussion of a play by Eugene O'Neill, the asking of deep artistic questions, writing, movement, playing, laughing and other absurdities that will culminate in a small presentation at the end of the day.

December 12th from 10am to 5pm

Target Margin Theater was founded in 1991 by Artistic Director David Herskovits. For 25 years Target Margin has been praised for its aggressive interpretations of classic texts, lesser-known works, and new plays inspired by existing sources. TMT has presented ambitious re-thinkings of plays by Shakespeare, Chekov, Brecht, Gertrude Stein, and Beaumarchais, among others. TMT has also created original works and new music / opera over the years and has served over 1,000 artists (mostly emerging) through its annual LAB. In addition, TMT is committed to nurturing the creative aspirations of the next generation of theater makers in the TMT Institute, our yearlong fellowship program. The company's artistic and cultural vision has resulted in 41 Mainstage productions including 11 world premieres, 8 company-created works, 3 U.S. premieres and 5 new translations, which have garnered 4 OBIE Awards and employed over 500 Equity actors and hundreds of other theater artists. The company's production of Mamba's Daughters received an OBIE Award, and their epic 2004-06 production of Goethe's Faust received extensive critical acclaim. Recent productions include Uncle Vanya and The Tempest at HERE, Uriel Acosta: I Want That Man! at The Chocolate Factory, Composition...Master-Pieces...Identity, a new solo performance piece from OBIE Award-winner David Greenspan at The Connelly Theater, Drunken With What at Abrons Arts Center, Reread Another at The Brick, called "something kind of wonderful" by Ben Brantley in The New York Times, and, most recently, The ICEMAN Lab at HERE Arts Center called a "bold, playful, vivifying re-creation of the Eugene O'Neill classic." By Laura Collins-Hughes in The New York Times.

TMT's programming is made possible through major support from The Andrew W. Mellon New York Theater Program, A.R.T. / NY Creative Space Grant, the Axe-Houghton Foundation, The Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation, the Charina Foundation, The Clinton Walker Family Foundation, The Edith Lutyens and Norman Bel Geddes Design Enhancement Fund, The Fan Fox & Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, Fred Alger Management, Inc., The Harold and Mini Steinberg Charitable Trust, the Howard Gilman Foundation, the Iger Bay Foundation, the Jerome Robbins Foundation, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, New York State Council on the Arts,The Shubert Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG).

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