A.R.T. Institute's HEROIN/E (KEEP US QUIET) and DUTCHMAN Begin Tonight
The American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training, presents Silent Rage: a double bill of two plays, Heroin/e (Keep Us Quiet) by Carson Kreitzer and Dutchman by LeRoi Jones, directed by Scott Zigler.
Performances run tonight, March 13 and March 14, 15, 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30PM at the Zero Church Performance Space, corner of Church Street and Massachusetts Avenue, Harvard Square.
Playwright Carson Kreitzer explores the ambiguous lines between sanity and insanity, justice and crime in Heroin/e (Keep Us Quiet), a play inspired by the lives of two women: Anna Pankiev, the older sister of Sigmund Freud's patient, the Wolf Man; and Ellie Nesler, a woman who shot her son's accused molester while he was testifying in court.
Carson Kreitzer's Lasso of Truth is enjoying a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere this year, with productions at Marin Theatre Company, Synchronicity in Atlanta, and Unicorn Theatre in Kansas City. She is a member of the Workhaus Collective, an alumna of New Dramatists, and a Core Member and current Board Member of the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis. She is currently working with composer Matt Gould on a new musical, Lempicka, and writing a new play for the Guthrie Theatre, where she is the current Dowling Annaghmakerrig Fellow. Carson is the past recipient of two Jerome Fellowships and two McKnight Advancement Grants, support from the NEA and NYSCA, and was the first Playwrights Of New York (PoNY) Fellow at the Lark Play Development Center. Her collection SELF DEFENSE and other plays is available from No Passport Press.
The A.R.T. is a proud partner of PoNY (Playwrights of New York), providing an artistic home for PoNY Playwrights. www.playwrightsofnewyork.org.
A conversation on the subway turns vicious as Dutchman's two passengers, a white woman and a young black man, flirt with race and rage. First performed in 1968, Amiri Baraka's Obie-winning drama maintains an incendiary power, hurtling through corridors of anger hidden deep below American decorum.
Founder of the Black Arts Movement, Amiri Baraka (formerly LeRoi Jones) was a prolific poet, dramatist, and critic. His work probes -- often explosively -- conventional understandings of American identity. Known for his insistent, vigorous energy, Baraka took long-held taboos as the starting point for a new method of art making. As artistic director of the Black Arts Repertory Theatre/School in Harlem, Baraka urged black artists to establish their own publications, playhouses, and aesthetic paradigms. Born in 1934, Baraka influenced multiple generations of artists around the world. He died in 2014.
Scott Zigler is the Director of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theatre School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. Founding member and past Artistic Director of New York's Atlantic Theater Company and past Director of the Atlantic Theater Acting School, where he still serves as Senior Acting Teacher. Co-author of the widely used text, A Practical Handbook for the Actor, Mr. Zigler has taught acting at universities around the country as well as in Canada, Italy, and Australia. Directing: Broadway: The Old Neighborhood by David Mamet; Off-Broadway: Dust (World Premiere); Atlantic Theater Company: Premiere of Tom Donaghy's adaptation of The Cherry Orchard; The Woods; Sure Thing; Strawberry Fields; Suburban News; As You Like It; National Tour: Oleanna; Regional: Phildelphia Theatre Company: Race; Steppenwolf Theatre Company: The Cryptogram; A Fair Country; American Repertory Theater: Romance; world premiere of Ellen McLaughlin's Ajax in Iraq (ART Institute); Copenhagen; Animals and Plants; Absolution; The Cripple of Inishmaan; The Old Neighborhood (world premiere); Other Regional: Glengarry Glen Ross (McCarter Theatre); The Cryptogram (Alley Theatre); Spinning Into Butter (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis).
Tickets are $20, $15 for Members and Subscribers. Seating is General Admission. For more information call 617.547.8300 or visit americanrepertorytheater.org/page/institute-201415-season.
About the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theater Training - The A.R.T. Institute was established in 1987 by the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) as a training ground for the professional American theater. It is a two-year, graduate training program for theater professionals, operated in association with the Moscow Art Theater School (MXAT). The wide range of courses given by the international faculty offers students unique preparation for the multi-faceted demands of the professional theater.
Each year, approximately twenty-three carefully selected students are admitted for a full-time, two-year program of graduate study in acting, dramaturgy, or voice pedagogy. The Institute accepts inquisitive student artists, whose talent, enthusiasm, intelligence, and cultural curiosity can pioneer and lead the theater of the future. Upon successful completion of the academic requirements for the program, students will be awarded a Master of Liberal Arts Degree in Extension Studies from the faculty of the Harvard Extension School and the faculty of the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, and a Certificate of Achievement from the faculty of the Moscow Art Theater School.
Further information about this program can be obtained by calling the Institute at 617.495.2668 or online at www.harvardtheatertraining.org.